Monday, May 29, 2017

What did Donald Trump do today?

He gave a Memorial Day speech.

Trump tends to give two kinds of speeches: either emotional and improvisational rally-type speeches (where he is apt to find himself reminiscing about his electoral college win, regardless of the matter at hand), or careful recitations of a teleprompter script in a flat affect. His address at Arlington National Cemetery was of the second type, and the script was fairly typical of what presidents normally say at this occasion.

In the speech, Trump praised Gold Star families, the patriotism of those who enlist, the generals who lead the military, the heroism of those who die in defense of America, a Purple Heart recipient, and those who serve returning veterans.

Prior to the speech, Trump attacked a Gold Star family, avoided the Vietnam draft, claimed he knew more than the generals, said he didn't think POWs were heroes because they got caught, joked about how much easier it was to be gifted a Purple Heart than earn one, and reneged on promises to donate to veterans' charities.

So what?

  • It's bad if a president can't read a speech honoring fallen soldiers without there being legitimate reason to question whether he believes any of it.