Saturday morning, Donald Trump said something so historically boneheaded that it was hard to believe, even for a jackass like him. After having ordered a late-night strike on Syria on Friday, Trump was in self-congratulatory mode, and lit up his own Twitter feed with what he surely felt was a successful distraction from the horrible, horrible week he and his lawyer have had in the news:
A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2018
Those last two words proved to be too much for some folks to bear.
Mission Accomplished?! You mean like this pic.twitter.com/k6maPMhLHh
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) April 14, 2018
Saying “mission accomplished” always works out well for presidents … https://t.co/fbf8tcNt04
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) April 14, 2018
“Mission Accomplished” is definitely a very good phrase to use about a military intervention in the Middle East https://t.co/zMYMrAcbHr
— Tom Phillips (@flashboy) April 14, 2018
But perhaps no one’s words were more poignant than those of Ari Fleischer, the former press secretary for the president who uttered the phrase to such disastrous reception 15 years ago:
Um…I would have recommended ending this tweet with not those two words. https://t.co/h5Fl7kjea6
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) April 14, 2018
Fleischer went on to explain in great and boring detail that when Bush stood in front of the banner on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, it was all the military’s idea, and so it wasn’t really Bush’s fault, and blah blah blah… He didn’t really say much about the codpiece that Bush wore to give the speech, but nobody wants to think about that anyway.
It’s a pretty safe bet to say that Donald Trump doesn’t even know what the “mission” is these days.
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