Donald Trump has a bad habit of saying what will most help him politically in the moment, only to have to walk it back once it’s pointed out how outrageous it is. After his stunning moment in Hanoi, Vietnam in which Trump let Kim Jong Un off the hook for the death of American Otto Warmbier, both sides of the aisle were outraged.
Jim Acosta, Trump’s favorite nemesis, acknowledged Trump’s attempts to paint his statements as misunderstood and misrepresented and called it what it was: an attempt to walk back disgusting comments about a brutal dictator for political gain.
The moment was reminiscent of Trump’s Helsinki trip with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which Trump sided with Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies on the issue of Russian election meddling. After Trump said he didn’t “know why it would be” Russia who hacked the 2016 elections, he came back to the U.S. and two days later said that he meant to say he didn’t “know why it wouldn’t be.” No one bought that.
Acosta recognized Trump’s insufficient non-apology and attempts to boost his own political image by once again exploiting the death and torture of Warmbier, as did everyone who saw Trump’s ridiculous tweets. Once again, Trump cannot say anything without bringing up President Obama or Hillary Clinton, and the excuses have grown stale and predictable. Trump has been more than willing to use Warmbier’s death as a prop for himself politically, but now he can’t even manage to recognize his parents’ pain.
Twitter recognized Trump’s failures, too. Read some of their comments below:
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