Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Trump, David Duke and Dementia

Jake Tapper questioning Donald Trump Sunday
When Donald Trump claimed not to know anything about David Duke a mere two days after disavowing him, everyone including Trump was scrambling for an explanation.

Trump said it was a bad earpiece so he didn't hear the question right. But, Trump repeated the relevant parts of the question including "David Duke" three times and said four times he didn't know anything about Duke.
Well just so you understand I don’t know anything about David Duke. Okay. I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So, I don’t know. I mean I don’t know. Did he endorse me? Or what’s going on. Because you know I nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists. And so you’re asking me a question that I’m supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about. . . . I don’t know, honestly I don’t know David Duke. I don’t believe I’ve ever met him. I’m pretty sure I didn’t meet him. And I just don’t know anything about him.
Others say Trump was pandering to those with anti-black sentiment in the South because of the primaries today in old Confederate states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Still others counter that Trump has never shown racist tendencies.

What to make of this? It's clear by Trump's response that if he had a bad earpiece he still clearly heard David Duke's name and the terms "white supremacy" and "white supremacists". And he distinctly said he didn't know anything about David Duke--who two days before he knew enough about to give a curt disavowal to.

What would explain all these factors if he wasn't pandering to white supremacist voters? How about early signs of dementia? Maybe with Jake Tapper he had really forgotten who David Duke was and even the Ku Klux Klan. Trump is 69.

Trump often has problems remembering things. But these are mostly inconvenient facts. So, one assumes he is just lying. For example, Trump claims he was always against the Iraq war and the taking down of dictators like Saddam Hussein and Qaddafi. But, tapes have surfaced of him applauding the success in the Iraq invasion and supporting taking Quaddafi out.

But this David Duke thing is not an inconvenient fact. Trump seems really to have not remembered who David Duke was when he was talking with Jake Tapper.


MAX Redline said...

Selective memory seems to be the big thing in politics today. Pantsuit and Lurch were for going into Iraq before they were against it. It's an interesting phenomenon.

It looks as though this will be a campaign of two serial liars vying for office.

Which of the two is the better golfer?

T. D. said...

Heh. Does Hillary golf?

I thought it was strange that Trump really seemed to not know who David Duke was. I know some seniors going into dementia, and that kind of lapse is very telling.

MAX Redline said...

Interesting, TD. I absolutely hate Florida, but will have to fly there in the next couple of months, as my mom seems to have got to the point where "assisted living" may be the only option.

Is that an option for a president?

T. D. said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your mom, Max. Especially if the assisted living is for growing dementia. Debilitation is tough, but especially for dementia because reasoning can't give any help or comfort to the person. May the Lord be close to you both.

I hope my guess is wrong about Donald Trump. I wouldn't wish that on anyone. Though the lack of character in a person who would pander to racists is even more terrible because it is a choice.

MAX Redline said...

Yes, it's a weird thing, TD. Mom's kind of got to the point where she loses track of who's who. When it was mentioned that at age 90, he may not be able to provide the care she's likely to need, he acknowledged that. So at present they have an apartment at the center; when things grow worse, he can add a caregiver staff. Thankfully, he took her car away, and gave it to my brother, as he also lives in FL.

As for Trump - I doubt that he's got dementia. He knows exactly what he's doing.

T. D. said...

Sounds like your dad is making good choices. My prayers are with you and I will be reminded of you as we pray for my parents in their slow deterioration.

As for Trump, I fear you are right. A deteriorating soul is far worse than a deteriorating mind.