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BULLSH**TER OF THE DAY: Donald Trump, for votesplaining to Bill Clinton

The president-elect has some hazy memories of the '92 and '96 electoral maps


Mireia Triguero Roura
December 21, 2016 3:30AM (UTC)
Bullshitter of the Day is a regular series highlighting the most outrageous quotes from the world's most virtuosic shovelers

 

"Bill Clinton stated that I called him after the election. Wrong, he called me (with a very nice congratulations). He "doesn't know much" . . . especially how to get people, even with an unlimited budget, out to vote in the vital swing states ( and more). They focused on wrong states"

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—Donald Trump,

Who said it?

President-elect Donald Trump, whose command of grammar – and most things, sadly – is quite limited.

What was the context?

Trump was responding to Bill Clinton saying that Trump "doesn’t know much. One thing he does know is how to get angry, white men to vote for him,” as quoted in the Record Review, an upstate New York weekly newspaper, on Dec 16.

Is there any merit to this claim?

To the idea that Bill Clinton doesn't know much about winning swing states? Let's just say that in 1992, Bill Clinton picked up several states (including California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, and Vermont) that had previously been considered swing or Republican-leaning states, and that have since become mainstays in the Democratic column. And in 1996, he also carried Florida. So... what is Mr. Trump's point again, exactly?

Now of course, Trump probably still thinks women are simple accessories to men and thus Bill is fully responsible for Hillary's campaign and unexpected losses in some key states this year. But then again, she didn't have the secret assistance of a separate world power actively helping her campaign, as Mr. Trump did. So, who knows what would have happened in a healthy democracy without the interference of the Russians!

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Is this the first time he has come out with a load of bullshit?

Answering this has become painful. The fact is the future President of the United States is an endless well of bullshit. You just need to head over to his pressroom, I mean Twitter, and marvel. One recent gem was his alleged "honor" in being named person of the year by both Times Magazine and the Financial Times — even though both publications made it pretty clear it wasn't an honor, if you read past the headline, that is. Appropriately, he is the person with the most Golden Turd awards in 2016. I wonder how he would feel about being Bullshitter of the year. Would he consider it an honor?


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