Trump Met With Top Military Leaders and Teased the Threat of War Because He’s an Asshole

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, President Donald Trump and White House chief of staff John Kelly attend a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 5, 2017. (Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, President Donald Trump and White House chief of staff John Kelly attend a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 5, 2017. (Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

Sometimes, unexpected guests show up at funerals. And sometimes those guests get on the microphone and say ungodly things or start singing, like this woman:

And look, I get it; it’s funny. But at some point it’s someone’s job to get this woman off the mic.

Seriously, Congress, it’s time to be that person. It’s time to get President “Are You Fucking Kidding Me” away from the nuclear codes and in a nice, comfy padded cell.

Because 53 percent of white woman voted against their self-interests, President Lucas von Soft Toupee had top military officials and their spouses for dinner at the White House on Thursday night and then teased reporters about the dinner being a potential meeting before a fucking war. From CNN’s Chris Cillizza:

Trump: “You guys know what this represents? Maybe it’s the calm before the storm.”

Reporter: “What’s the storm?”

Trump: “It could be ... the calm, the calm before the storm.”

Reporter: “Iran? ISIS? What storm, Mr. President?”

Trump: “We have the world’s great military people in this room, I will tell you that. And uh, we’re gonna have a great evening, thank you all for coming.”

Reporter: “What storm, Mr. President?”

Trump: “You’ll find out.”

It’s like a woman singing, “On Sunday we made love, now what are we gonna dooooo ... ” at someone’s damn funeral: I don’t understand how anyone ever thought this guy was a good idea.

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Who are the people who would vote against their own interests to elect this man, who is literally playing with the lives of Americans because he still believes that being president is like being on The Apprentice? I do hope that you racists know that should a nuclear war happen, we all die. Not just blacks, Muslims, Puerto Ricans or whomever else President Trumpelstiltskin openly hates.

We. All. Die.

And much like the woman singing at the funeral, this isn’t funny. A man is dead in that coffin, and she’s singing a song about how having sex led to a lasting relationship, and it’s neither the time nor the place.

As for the president, people’s lives potentially hang in the balance based on his decision making, so teasing to reporters that a dinner between top military officials is the “Calm before the storm” is not only insensitive toward the potential nuclear threat Americans face from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but it’s also fucked up.

Here’s how Cillizza describes the president’s remarks:

In regard to North Korea, Trump tweeted last weekend that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was “wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man” — the latest verbal provocation between Trump and the North Korean dictator. That rhetorical back-and-forth comes amid Kim Jong Un’s repeated testing of missiles and refusal to stop his nuclear program.

When it comes to Iran, Trump is expected next week to “decertify” the Iranian nuclear deal crafted by President Barack Obama. Trump has been a longtime critic of the deal, insisting that Iran had not kept up its end of the agreement. (The decertification process will allow Congress 60 days to adjust the pact.)

Which situation was Trump talking about with his “calm before the storm” remark? Both? Neither? We don’t know, because Trump wouldn’t say.

That, too, was on purpose.

Why? Because the bulk of Trump’s experiences directly before running for president was as a reality TV star and producer. (In truth, Trump has been performing in a reality show of his own making for his entire life.) And, in that role, the goal is always to stoke drama, always do everything you can to keep people watching — through the commercial, through the hour, through to next week’s episode. Cliffhangers are the best way to do that — stoking speculation, reversing expectations and, above all, ensuring people feel compelled to just keep watching.

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I keep hoping that at some point this pile of orange-sherbet extract will do something remotely presidential, but I think the real fool here is me for believing that he might have even a modicum of decency inside his demonic frame. He’s widely embarrassing—the world leader who would come to the funeral of a head of state and sing “Seven Days” because he thinks it’s endearing. At this point I’m starting to believe that Congress is our only hope, because I don’t know who else is going to get up and tell this guy to let the mic go and sit down.

Read more at CNN.

Senior Editor @ The Root, boxes outside my weight class, when they go low, you go lower.

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Archaeyopterix Majorus

Someone, somewhere, please. Please! Lead is SO cheap, but SO effective.

Some way or another someday in the near future a newscaster is going to have the opportunity to say,
“Today, our long national nightmare ended.”

At 40 years old I have not had a more stressful, infuriating, confusing, difficult time in my life. Not when I got divorced. Not when I nearly died from blood loss and spent 8 days in the hospital. Not during my childhood and my stepfather and my mother were addicted to cocaine and alcoholics, my stepdad regularly beating both of us. Not when he couldn’t find coke for a few months and was buying boxes of mini-thins from the work food truck and snorting them and the beatings and fighting ratcheted up to unbelievable and daily. Not when that put me in the hospital when I was a child after being thrown through plate glass, not the MANY times my mother was hospitalized.

There is not a single period in four decades of life that has been as trying and horrible and insufferable (and yet I and we all suffer) as 2017.

Please, somebody, anybody, mastermind that plan, make it airtight, and end our national nightmare.