Linda G. Hill has given us the word “digest” for her Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, which I think is quite appropriate for those of us in the U.S. who celebrated Thanksgiving this past Thursday by ingesting more turkey, stuffing, sweet potato soufflé, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie à la mode than our bodies can possibly digest.
And speaking about turkey and digestion, I’m really having a problem trying to digest how Donald Trump is putting Saudi Arabia — not America — first. He’s claiming that the CIA did not conclude that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (aka, MBS) ordered the murder of U.S. resident and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. This despite the fact that American intelligence agencies have, in fact, concluded that the Crown Prince ordered the killing in the Saudi Consulate in Turkey.
I mean anyone with half a brain would know that MBS was behind the brutal murder. So clearly Trump doesn’t have half a brain.
This is just another Trump self-serving lie. Depending upon who’s doing the counting, Trump has told between 4,000 and 7,000 lies or misleading statements since he’s been President of the United States. And the rate of his lying is accelerating. How is it that even his most diehard supporters, much less members of Congress, can believe anything he ever says? Anything. Ever.
And yet he is still the President.
How can that be?
I just can’t digest that.
“Oh my God,” Jeff exclaimed. “Are you really that gullible?”
“What are you talking about?” Josh asked. I’m not at all gullible.”
“The man is spewing out a monsoon of lies, for crissake,” Jeff said. “He’s told more lies than any president in the history of the United States and you’re buying it all hook, line, and sinker.”
“Look at the facts, dude,” Josh countered. “Since his election our country is going through a renewal. The economy is booming, North Korea is disarming, we’re normalizing relations with Russia, jobs are coming back to America, our borders are being protected, our taxes have gone down. He truly is making America great again.”
“Facts?” Jeff said. “He’s made more than four thousand false or misleading statements since he became president. That’s an average of eight lies a day, Josh.”
Josh shook his head. “You’re being duped by the fake news, dude,” he said. “Don’t you know by now that the reporters for the mainstream media are the enemy of the American people?”
Now it was time for Jeff to shake his head. “We are in deep doo doo.”
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (gullible), the Ragtag Daily Prompt (Monsoon), and Your Daily Word Prompt (renewal).
There is absolutely nothing ambiguous here.
I heard her say, “You shouldn’t take Donald Trump literally.”
“So you’re saying that you can’t believe anything he says,” I responded.
“No, that’s not what I’m saying,” she said. “When he said Mexico will pay for the wall, for example, he meant it, but just not up-front and with cash. Mexico will ultimately pay for it through favorable trade deals he’ll negotiate with Mexico.”
“So you’re saying we should take him figuratively, but we should not take him seriously,” I said.
“You should take him seriously,” she said. “He’s a man of his word, but just not his literal words.”
“If you can’t take what he says literally, how can you say he’s a man of his word?” I asked. “That makes no sense. And you can’t take someone seriously when he constantly lies.”
“You liberals are always trying to take Trump literally and you keep claiming that he’s lying,” she said. “But he’s not lying. He’s just being symbolic.”
“Oh, you mean he’s expressing alternative facts, Kellyanne,” I said.