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Donald Trump: On assassination, incitement, and loose tongues

Submitted by Robin Messing on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 8:26pm

By now you've probably heard about how Trump apparently called for Hillary Clinton's assassination if she appoints Supreme Court Justices who favor gun control. (Or maybe he was talking about assassinating the Justices) Trump's minions are now trying to spin this mightily to make his statement seem benign. Here's a link where you can see a video of Trump making his remarks and watch his assistants put more spin on this than you will find in all the Olympic gymnastic routines combined.

The Trumpeteers' claims don't make sense to me, but I'm a generous guy. I'm willing to park my brain in mindless Zombie mode and suspend my disbelief.

But one point is being overlooked by them and by most people commenting on Trump's "assassination" remarks. Let's assume he didn't intend to incite his followers. Let's suppose that he meant something less sinister. Let's give him the benefit of the doubt and suppose the words didn't come out right because he just short-circuited. Then this incident is only marginally less troubling.

Discretion and making yourself clearly understood is an important part of a President's job--especially in international relations.

Can we be assured that Trump won't slip up as seriously during a time of international crisis? What would've happened had he been President during the Cuban Missile Crisis? Would we have lost the East Coast because of his loose tongue?

What would have happened If he had been President just as we were about to get Bin Laden? Would he have bragged that he was going to get OBL any time now, thus spooking Bin Laden into raising his security?

Or what would have happened if he had been President during 2008 financial crisis? Would he have said something stupid that would have thrown us into a second Great Depression?

What unforeseen crisis lurks in the future that will become an unrecoverable disaster becasuse of Trump's loose tongue?

Even if Trump finds some way to squirm out of today's debacle and comes up with a brilliant innocent explanation for today's remarks, he has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he does not have the maturity to be in charge of nuclear weapons.

Trump's supporters think that he's the big gun that can change the system, but he's really just a loose cannon. He should withdraw now. And if he doesn't withdraw, he needs to be crushed decisively on election day.