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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

 
Donald Trump average schlub

by digby

He tries to pretend that he is prescient about the rise of terrorism and the war in Iraq. He claims he was the only one who saw bin Laden as a threat when he wrote his book in 2000 and needless to say he wasn't. The bombings of he kobar towers and the attack on USS Cole had happened already. Anyone who's read the 9/11 report knows this. Even I did --- when the WTC was attacked the first thing I said was, "I'll bet it's bin Laden." I'm sure millions of other Americans did too since we read newspapers.

He also has said he was against the war in Iraq which he wasn't. Some of us were. Millions in fact, all over the world and we marched and protested and made a lot of noise. Trump went on Howard Stern and said he guessed it was good idea and told CNBC that he thought it would be good for the markets. His thinking about the war was like a majority of Americans'

Trump insists that he opposed the war from the outset, but the only available evidence is that he backed it. This point has been made any number of times before, but it's important to point out that it makes sense. A lot of Americans backed the war at the outset and slowly grew skeptical of the effort — precisely the path that Trump seems to have taken. 
Using data from Washington Post-ABC News polling in 2003 and 2004, we charted polling on the subject as the war unfolded and overlapped it with The Washington Post's timeline of what Trump said about his support and when.



He was just another American who believed his president and then got mad when his president didn't bring home a pony.  He's nothing special.


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