Donald Trump’s latest brain-dead comment inviting Russia to commit espionage in America and meddle in domestic politics once again illustrates Trump’s inability to understand his statements have consequences.
Trump said he was being sarcastic, but if the remark was tongue-in-cheek, it failed as political humor. Even his running mate, Mike Pence, tried to walk back the comment shortly after it was made, and House Speaker Paul Ryan condemned the statement.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, one of Hillary Clinton’s biggest critics in Congress, was not amused. “I think he was absolutely wrong and out of line,” he said. “I would never had said it that way, and I think it was ill-advised.”
However, Fox News, which apparently didn’t get the joke either, was quick to defend Trump’s statement. (I’ll bet that doesn’t surprise you.)
Trump seems to think this is a game, no different from negotiating with another greedy real estate developer where both sides assume the other guy is exaggerating or lying. But now that he’s one of two people who will be the next president of the United States, what he says has consequences and impact far beyond the presidential campaign.
I can’t wait to hear Trump run his big mouth after he gets his national security briefing.