Donald Trump was interviewed this past Sunday by George Stephanopoulos. During the interview, Trump was asked questions about his recent attacks on Khizr and Ghazala Khan, and his rather odd relationship with Vladimir Putin. In a normal election cycle, Trump’s responses to Stephanopoulos’s questions would raise eyebrows, but we all know this is not a normal election cycle. And Donald Trump is not a normal presidential candidate.
Donald Trump wants to be president. Presidential candidates are usually fairly knowledgeable about foreign policy, and the activities of other countries. But Trump’s answer to a question about Russia left many jaws agape. From CNN:
Donald Trump said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t make a military move into Ukraine — even though Putin already has done just that, seizing the country’s Crimean Peninsula.
“He’s not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you understand. He’s not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down. You can take it anywhere you want”
Putin already is in Ukraine, specifically Crimea. Stephanopoulos followed up:
Well, he’s already there, isn’t he?
Brace yourselves, because this was Trump’s response:
OK — well, he’s there in a certain way. But I’m not there. You have Obama there. And frankly, that whole part of the world is a mess under Obama with all the strength that you’re talking about and all of the power of NATO and all of this. In the meantime, he’s going away. He takes Crimea.
Crimea is in Ukraine. Southern Ukraine to be specific. Go ahead, look it up. Check a map. Putin is “there in a certain way.” What does that even mean? Putin is in Ukraine. Crimea is in Ukraine.
You might recall how vehemently conservatives went after President Obama when, during a campaign stop, he claimed we had more states in the country than we actually do. But honestly, which is more dangerous: an exhausted candidate who makes a mistake, or a presidential candidate who doesn’t even know where Crimea is, and why Putin’s actions are so dangerous?
To a conservative, Obama’s gaffe is more problematic, because LIBERALBENGHAZISOCIALSMBLACK. Trump having no idea where Crimea is, coupled with his bromance with Putin, makes me very, very nervous. This man could wind up in the White House, with access to dedicated phone lines to other countries, and even worse, the nuclear codes.
Donald Trump claims the media doesn’t treat him fairly when they repeat his words, verbatim. Donald Trump supporters claim his lack of knowledge about…well…everything…does not impact his ability to “Make America Great Again.” If you challenge them on that belief, they whine, and bully, and attack, just like their candidate.
Ten years ago, you would have had a difficult time convincing me anyone could become president by promoting ignorance, embracing racism, and actively dividing the country. My eyebrow might have arched sharply into my hairline if you had said “One day, we will have a presidential candidate who wants to violate the Geneva Convention, ignore our NATO allies, and doesn’t know where other countries are. Oh, and he will lie about everything from his charity work to receiving letters from the NFL.”
But here we are. November is not so far away, and we have Donald Trump. Attacker of Gold Star families, pathological liar, sexist, xenophobic, racist, bully. A candidate who does not have even the most basic knowledge of world events.
How the hell did this happen?