Wag the Dog Trump tweeted out his inner-most fantasy this morning during an attempted explanation of the recent almost-United States military response to Iran’s alleged shooting down of a US spy drone over their airspace. The United States has since insisted that Iran is incorrect, and that the drone was located over international airspace.
Here is Trump’s tweet thread:
….On Monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in International Waters. We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2019
In a type of confirmation that also doubles as a response, the president claimed the following, amongst a flurry of strange tweets this morning:
‘On Monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in International Waters. We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights [sic] when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it.’
Cocked and loaded? The phrase is “locked and loaded” and Twitter immediately took notice to Trump’s mistake. The responses that the tweet generated are hilarious. Here are some of the best:
You…you didn't ask how many casualties before you were "cocked and loaded"? Comforting.
Also: "sites" https://t.co/beWyjR7W6K
— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) June 21, 2019
"Cocked and Loaded." Michael Wolff just got off the phone with his publisher.
— Michael Weiss (@michaeldweiss) June 21, 2019
"Cocked and loaded" sounds like the porn version of a John Wayne film.
— Tina Dupuy (@TinaDupuy) June 21, 2019
WE WERE COCKED & LOADED. pic.twitter.com/zEple3igow
— Ivan the K™? (@IvanTheK) June 21, 2019
So much to say here.
1) Trump hasn't cocked since the early 90s.
2) It's "locked and loaded," not cocked.
3) He's mocking his generals with the "sir" business. He does this in his rallies. https://t.co/kTDwMG19Kz
— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) June 21, 2019
In addition to the clapback’s from Trump’s “cocked and loaded” statement, Twitter was also quick to call him out for other errors from his apparently-rushed tweet, including some calling his bluff on acting concerned about the potential number of causalities. The tweet from this morning has already renewed concerns about his fitness for office as well as riding the fine line of revealing too much about the United States’ military placement overseas. Plus, Trump’s misspelling of “sites” as “sights,” as well as his constant referring to military officials as “sir,” which some believe he does as an attempt to mock his own country’s military top dogs.
Trump also made numerous false claims including blaming Obama for the tension with Iran, which Twitter also called out, as seen above. In 2018, the Trump administration pulled the United States out of the Iran Nuclear Deal; not a move made by Obama. Since that move, tensions between the United States and Iran have been at all-time high.
‘Newsweek has learned from a Pentagon official, however, that regional U.S. military assets, including the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf, have been put on 72-hour standby.’
Per Newseek, it is also worth noting that Donald Trump made no mention of the following during his Friday morning tweet-storm; the United States remains on a 72-hour standby, aimed at Iran in the event of even more escalation.
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