May 31, 2017

Donald Trump's opinion of bragging politicians 1999

"My entire life, I’ve watched politicians bragging about how poor they are, how they came from nothing, how poor their parents and grandparents were. And I said to myself, if they can stay so poor for so many generations, maybe this isn’t the kind of person we want to be electing to higher office. How smart can they be? They’re morons.”

Donald Trump, The New York Times 1999 “Liberties; Trump Shrugged” (a reference to Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged)

So, poor people who voted for Mr. Trump and continue to support him: he thinks you're morons. And some people think Trump voters are morons--not because they're poor but because they voted for this unqualified, lewd, emotionally childish moron now wandering the halls of the White House and wishing he were somewhere else.

However, that's not the only interpretation of Trump's words in 1999 to journalist Maureen Dowd. And perhaps you know that Trevor Noah of The Daily Show is credited with 'digging up' the 1999 NYT article. Here's a piece including a video segment of The Daily Show episode where Noah discussed and critiqued Mr. Trump's 1999 quote on bragging politicians and the morons who, as it turned out in 2016, voted for his nibs who played them like a fiddle.

And here's a very much related don't-miss article I Know Why Poor Whites Chant Trump, Trump, Trump by Jonna Ivin, with a grateful shout out to my friend, writer Terry Woodson Burger for the heads-up!

Plus, you may wish to see Social Programs Cut? Republicans Can't shoot Butter.


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