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I (and Me) SIS

By on October 30, 2019 in See It Here

President Trump addressed the nation on a Sunday morning to announce the head of the Islamic State had been killed by U.S. forces in Syria. Nothing wrong with this at all. We’ve all been quietly concerned about ISIS, even though there have been moments when we’re more focused on why our iPhone won’t delete email.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was trapped in a tunnel and died by setting off a suicide vest he was wearing. Mr. Trump spent a lot of his address telling us he “died like a coward” with references to the fact he was “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way.” It quickly became a poorly written attempt to sound like a scene from a Stephen King or Mary Shelley book.

This went on for more than 40 minutes as  he took questions from reporters in the Diplomatic Reception Room where he spoke to the nation.

An address from the White House is about an important issue and, certainly, the death of this leader is just that. It is not, however, a campaign address about how he watched another person killed and how smart he is to have ordered the killing.

A note to our Made-for-TV-President: Make your point and leave and people will talk about the issue instead of your bloviated ego.

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