Donald Trump speaks about his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- So President Trump claims he misspoke when he said, during his love-fest news conference with Vladimir Putin the other day, that he didn’t see any reason why it would be Russia that hacked our election.
“In a key sentence in my remarks,” said the president yesterday, reading off a written statement, “I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t.’”
Yes, of course he did.
Or rather, didn’t.
This is a man who we’ve come to know as someone who says exactly what he wants to say and never minces his words. And I cannot think of another time when we’ve seen him actually try to take back something foolish he said.
During the campaign, when his vulgar, sophomoric comments about women were caught on tape, candidate Trump taped a grudging apology in which he admitted: “I said it. I was wrong. And I apologize.”
Come to think of it, that might have been a good way to go in the wake of this latest gaffe.
But instead, someone in the White House – or maybe even the president himself – came up with the idea of trying to bluff his way out of this by pretending he misspoke.
Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity will buy it, so why not?
These non-apology apologies, where the offender pretends the devil made them do it, never work.
Good luck to that sour woman from Harvard who got caught on tape the other day harassing a black neighbor. “I fell far short of my values and what I expect of myself,” she now says.
No, I bet you lived up to who you really are.
President Trump’s problem is he has no poker face. Everything he does is a tell.
Like what he wrote on his script for that non-apology apology yesterday: “There was no collusion.”
Translation: there was.
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