The Ultimate Gaffe?

Trump gaffe NYT

Last Friday, presidential candidate Donald Trump committed what might be the ultimate Tea-GOP gaffe. A gaffe is when a politician says something that is true, but politically awkward to mention out loud in a public forum. For example, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told Sean Hannity that the Benghazi committee was all about hurting Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers. What could be worse than that?

Here’s the quote that’s causing so much heartburn: “When you talk about George Bush, I mean, say what you want, the World Trade Center came down during his time,” Trump said. “He was president, O.K.?” Uh-oh.

Tea-GOP orthodoxy clearly states that the Worst President Ever “kept us safe,” and never mind who was in the White House when America suffered the most devastating terrorist attacks in the history of the world. Trump’s mere statement of fact is therefore considered highly controversial, since he’s challenging the biggest big lie of the Tea-GOP.

Think Progress brings the snark: Was George W. Bush President On 9/11? An Investigation Into The Controversy Tearing The GOP Apart

GOP Presidential Field Split Apart By 9/11
CNN Anchor Asks Bush To Explain His Double Standard For Benghazi And 9/11. It Doesn’t Go Well.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on October 18, 2015 - 4:23 pm

    “considered highly controversial” is exactly right. It’s not controversial to anybody but the GOP. Keep those salvos coming Trump!

    Shock and Awe Jeb right out of the race. I’d love to see that.

    • #3 by Larry Bergan on October 19, 2015 - 10:09 am

      As I understood it, the administration wanted more funding for the situation in Benghazi and the congress wouldn’t give it. How does Bush get away with ignoring that? Why don’t the Democrats keep bringing it up every time the word Benghazi is mentioned?

  2. #4 by Richard Warnick on October 20, 2015 - 8:51 am

    Panicked establishment gets ready for war against Trump

    Their core belief is that Trump cannot withstand a long and withering bombardment of negative ads. But core beliefs have been cast aside repeatedly in this race. That might happen again.

  3. #5 by Richard Warnick on October 20, 2015 - 9:04 am

    Josh Marshall: Right Still in Bush-Era Denial

    Trump says tons of moronic stuff. But this is bluntly stated truth. 9/11 didn’t just happen on Bush’s watch. What we learned after the event showed that he didn’t do all he could have and should have done to prevent it. This is no abstract point. They were warned of the threat in concrete and actionable ways and they ignored it because they didn’t buy that non-state-terrorism could be that big a threat.

  4. #6 by Richard Warnick on October 20, 2015 - 11:29 am

    After Claiming His Brother ‘Kept Us Safe,’ Jeb Bush Tries To Blame Bill Clinton For 9/11

    “Jeb!” (no last name) is hands down a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad candidate. And he was supposed to be the smarter brother!

    • #7 by Larry Bergan on October 20, 2015 - 12:05 pm


      It might be a bad idea to blame Bill for the attack. Chris Wallace did that once and Bill wasn’t too happy. In fact it was one of the only times I remember him standing up for himself.

      And, boy, did he ever!

      • #8 by Richard Warnick on October 20, 2015 - 1:12 pm

        The “Bush kept us safe” lie always annoyed me. Like all right-wing lies, it was the exact opposite of the truth. And it was such a HUGE lie.

        • #9 by Larry Bergan on October 20, 2015 - 3:00 pm

          I love that video of Clinton and Wallace. He just got right up there in Wallace’s smirking face.

          Maybe this is humankind’s chance to stop the “big lie” tactic, once and for all. Most likely not, but it’s nice to think about. A great first step would be to take Fox “news”,s license away. That should have happened years ago.

  5. #10 by Richard Warnick on October 20, 2015 - 1:15 pm

    Trump Accidentally Demolishes The Fox News Benghazi Narrative

    “Blaming 9/11 on Mr. Bush is taboo for Republicans and has largely been off-limits for Democrats,” noted The New York Times. But by ignoring those Beltway protocols, Trump threw a spotlight onto the questions of accountability, George Bush’s inability to protect Americans from terror attacks on U.S. soil, and why Jeb Bush today routinely stresses that his brother kept America safe after thousands were killed on 9/11.

    Trump’s attack has also inadvertently drawn back the curtain on the sweeping double standard conservatives use for [not] holding Republican presidents accountable for terrorist attacks, and the much higher standard they use for holding President Obama and Hillary Clinton accountable for Benghazi.

    …By raising questions about President Bush and 9/11, Trump has effectively demolished Fox News’ long-running Benghazi storyline.

    …Fox News and Republicans demand three years of endless investigations into the deaths of four Americans killed during in Libya, while Jeb insists his brother is blameless for 9/11.

  6. #11 by Richard Warnick on October 20, 2015 - 1:29 pm

    Here are 50 despicable things George W. Bush did before and after 9/11

    “Worst President Ever” is not an honorary title. Bush earned it by running America through a gauntlet of fiascoes.

    • #12 by Larry Bergan on October 20, 2015 - 3:14 pm

      “The Raw Story” has a name which hints at publishing stories that aren’t yet solid, but it does much better then most of the press, and every single one of those 50 despicable things W. did are true, and despicable.

      This country cannot weather another Bush in the white house. Not to mention how hard it’s getting to know which one we’re talking about.

      No Bush Jr. the second in our house!

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