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Confirming expectations

Yesterday, the President of the United States mused aloud why we haven't celebrated the centennial of the 19th Amendment's passage in 1920 sooner:

After working his way through the prepared remarks, Trump interjected with his own riff. “They’ve been working on this for years and years,” he said, suddenly wondering, “And I’m curious, why wasn’t it done a long time ago, and also — well, I guess the answer to that is because now I’m president, and we get things done. We get a lot of things done that nobody else got done.”

The task of explaining to Trump that “centennial” means “100th anniversary” fell to Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn. Blackburn gently recounted that the bill worked its way through both chambers of Congress. ... She proceeded to note that “August 18th, 1920 is when the 19th Amendment was ratified.”

Mystery solved! They’re observing the women’s suffrage centennial now because next year is the centennial. That is how time works.

Even after this clear accounting, Trump nonetheless was still confused.

Dementia? Alzheimer's? The Omnibus Explanation? Probably the last one, as it would explain how he doesn't grasp that people who look at his financial disclosures easily spot the endemic fraud, such as what ProPublica reported today.

The election is in 342 days. Angels and ministers of grace, defend us.

Comments (2) -

  • David Harper

    11/28/2019 9:34:01 AM +00:00 |

    "Dementia? Alzheimer's? The Omnibus Explanation?"

    Or he's just a moron.  The simplest explanations are often the best ones.

  • The Daily Parker

    11/28/2019 2:06:59 PM +00:00 |

    "The Omnibus Explanation" comes from my law school education. My Wills professor said: "When you hear about something that makes no sense, and no amount of logic or reason can explain it, it will have happened because of the omnibus explanation: Stupidity. Stupidity explains the inexplicable every time."

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