9/11 comments show Trump’s strategy is talk first, justify later

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In recent interviews and social media posts, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump made comments about the 9/11 attacks, unfairly putting all of the blame on George W. Bush and his administration. Trump provided justification for his remarks, but not until days after they were made. (Natalie Goldstein / Daily Titan)
In recent interviews and social media posts, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump made comments about the 9/11 attacks, unfairly putting all of the blame on George W. Bush and his administration. Trump provided justification for his remarks, but not until days after they were made.
(Natalie Goldstein / Daily Titan)

Donald Trump has made a series of assertions about 9/11 and George W. Bush that have sparked both criticism and, strangely, support. When examined chronologically though, it reveals Trump’s opinion has seemingly been revised multiple times for his own political advantage.

Last Friday, in an interview with Bloomberg TV, Trump was asked about his personal character. After bragging about how big a heart he has, the interview took a non sequitur turn.

“George Bush — and say what you want — the World Trade Center came down during his time,” he said. The interviewer then interjected that he couldn’t put that on Bush and Trump responded, “He was president, okay? Blame him or don’t blame him, but he was president. The World Trade Center came down during his reign.”

Trump gave no other elaboration than this infantile, finger-pointing response.

Obviously, that sparked controversy. When reporters flanked Trump with questions about his remark that night at a campaign event, Trump gave no comment.

Instead of answering to the reporters, Trump finally gave some supposed context on his statement by angrily tweeting Jeb Bush that his brother did not, in fact, keep our country safe.

Donald Trump then hurled an insult at Jeb’s apparent lack of energy and presence, because he’s Donald Trump.

If this was Trump’s reasoning, why didn’t he say it earlier to the press? Given that Trump once said that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly “had blood coming out of her … wherever,” it doesn’t seem that he has a problem speaking his mind.

Trump’s speech at a rally in South Carolina Monday night gave yet another version of his Bush administration critique, insisting that they knew of the potential threat.

“George Tenet, the CIA director, knew there would be an attack, and he said so to the president and said so to everybody else that would listen,” Trump said.

It’s true that George Tenet, along with other intelligence officers, suspected a possible attack and attempted to notify the Bush administration to no avail, but Trump’s wording makes it sound like the Bush administration knew exactly what was going to happen and refused to lift a finger.

“I’m not saying I would’ve prevented them, but I would’ve had a chance because I’m pretty good at this stuff,” Trump continued.

“I’m pretty good at this stuff” does not sound like something someone trained and experienced in handling sensitive international relations and potential terrorist crises would use to describe the situation.

Given the rare kernel of truth in Trump’s final draft of his 9/11 stance, some have said that Trump was right, revealing a difficult truth about the Bush administration. He made a vague, unsupported implication about a former president. He avoided official questioning until he had some sort of answer to validate his capricious statement.

Trump isn’t some purveyor of hard-to-swallow facts. He said what popped into his head and justified it ex post facto. This is Trump’s strategy. Upset some people by saying POW’s aren’t war heroes? Make veterans’ rights part of your platform. Trump seems to believe he can will his statements into truth, and his supporters seem to let him.

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2 commentsOn 9/11 comments show Trump’s strategy is talk first, justify later

  • Nonsense. Trump is discussing things we as a nation should of discussed years ago. Kudo’s to him for talking truth.

    Mr Trump has caused NONE of the damage Jeb’s brother did (or rather his ‘closest foreign policy adviser’ as Jeb Bush calls his brother), that nearly DESTROYED ALL OF US>. No Hyperbole intended.

    Jeb has some real unimaginable hurdles.. It is a fantasy perhaps of his that Americans would forget such recent history.

    Bush kept us safe by starting bogus wars based on faulty trumped up intel, killing thousands of America’s best and brightest and disfiguring tens of thousands of others, while he destabilized an entire region by SEEMING INTENT. (Cheney said they would greet us with chocolates, Rumsfeld said they would greet us as liberators, and Iraq oil would pay for our several TRILLION dollar fiasco.)

    I reckon he also kept us safe while he collapsed the US economy into near default, millions lost their homes and their jobs, and tossed us into the greatest recession in the nation in our life times.

    Thanks for keeping us safe G. Bush, Hack of a job Brownie….

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    real Conservative branch are struggling to find a candidate for Speaker of the
    house. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has dropped his bid as being unsuccessful
    in achieving enough votes, seeing his adviser the prior Speaker John Boehner is
    finally retiring. A number of names have
    surfaced as potential successors to John Boehner and not another Professional
    class politician elected to Speaker of the House? Nor a Paul Ryan who is NOT a
    Constitutionalist, to any extent of the word. We need the People’s speaker of
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    Yesterday we
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    to federal ‘Sanctuary Cities’ even after the hue and cry of Kate Steinle, young
    women, murdered by an illegal alien in
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    murdered by a foreign national who had not been deported. However their are
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    are still holding the high ground on illegal immigration as this administration
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    stealing jobs that belong to US citizens and lawful immigrants. The
    Democrat Party zealots are ignoring our Constitution and with intent aiding and
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    Under the regime of His Royal highness Barack Obama he
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    As I see ahead, with Donald Trump taking head-on
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    Immigration laws will be once again strictly enforced and
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    they are just visitors. That under new immigrants classifications they must be
    (STEM) skilled workers and not cradle to deliberate welfare seekers.

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