Jun 27, 2016 3:38 PM GMT
Trump: “What has happened in the UK...is exactly what will happen in November”
TRUMP: My timing was great because I was here, right at the epicenter of the crisis.
Given what Tur said, Trump’s response was effectively gibberish. The fact that Brexit is causing global financial unrest is unrelated to Trump’s sense of “timing.” And Trump’s trip to Scotland was itself unrelated to Brexit. And being physically located in Scotland as part of a promotional event is unrelated to being “at the epicenter” of a crisis.
And yet, as the weekend progressed, Trump’s message became increasingly incoherent...
...Perhaps best of all, Trump boasted late Friday, “What has happened in the UK in the last 12 hours is exactly what will happen in November” if he wins the presidential election. That may be true, but isn’t that a message better suited for Trump’s critics? Why would he brag, on purpose, about causing economic and financial unrest around the world?
...Never before have Americans seen a presidential hopeful so preoccupied with self-congratulation – even when he’s wrong on the substance. No matter the crisis, Donald J. Trump’s first thought is invariably about what the event tells us about the greatness of Donald J. Trump.
In the case of Brexit, it’s especially bizarre. The man had no idea what Brexit was. Literally the day before the vote, Trump conceded that his opinion on the U.K. referendum was utterly irrelevant. “I don’t think anybody should listen to me because I haven’t really focused on it very much,” he said of the issue.
And yet, Trump is once again amazed with his extraordinary timing and brilliant foresight, about an issue he doesn’t understand and got completely backwards. This really isn’t healthy.