We all know that _____ is ill-prepared to be president—most of us knew that all last year—but as we’ve learned last week, with the release of leaked transcripts of phone between _____ and Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto, and with Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, he is completely out of his depth.
Let’s begin with _____ and Peña Nieto discussing ‘The Wall.’
Candidate _____ used ‘The Wall’ as one of his building blocks of his campaign, stoking the flames of fear of brown-skinned people as drug dealers, rapists and murderers to promise the American people that he would protect us ... by building a wall and having Mexico pay for it.
At the time, when some people I knew said they liked the idea, especially the part about Mexico paying for it, I told them this little story...
Your neighbor has a dog that keeps coming into your yard and digging up your flower beds; you don’t like it, but you cannot stop the dog and the neighbors can’t be bothered. So, you decide you’re going to build a fence to keep the dog out and have your neighbor pay for it.
Yeah, that would never happen; I mean, sure, you could sue to have the neighbor pay, but probably all you’d get is the right kill the dog if it continues to trespass, or force the neighbor to watch their dog or chain up their dog. But you cannot build a fence on your property, or even your property line, and then make someone else pay for it.
So, why anyone believed _____ is a testament to how idiotic his followers can be, especially given the fact that, at every single turn, Mexico’s President Peña Nieto, said his country will not pay for the wall; not now, not ever; no discussion.
So, in that White House call with Peña Nieto, _____ described his vow to charge Mexico as a growing political problem, and tried to force Peña Nieto to stop saying his government would never pay:
“You cannot say that to the press.”
And _____ even promised to get the money some other, but said he would cut off contact if Peña Nieto continued to make defiant statements; seriously. And he added:
“If you are going to say that Mexico is not going to pay for the wall, then I do not want to meet with you guys anymore because I cannot live with that.”
Is it me, or does he sound like a guy begging for sex from his, say Eastern European born wife, and then threatening to hold his breath until he gets some? But he continued to beg, claiming that the wall is “the least important thing we are talking about, but politically this might be the most important.”
You know, because the base will get riled up and maybe turn on him. But, sadly, this is our president, whining about how another country will build our wall because, if they don’t he’ll stop talking to them.
“On the wall, you and I both have a political problem. My people stand up and say, ‘Mexico will pay for the wall,’ and your people probably say something in a similar but slightly different language.”
Um, it’s called Spanish ... but then _____ acknowledged that his threats to make Mexico pay had left him cornered politically:
“I have to have Mexico pay for the wall—I have to. I have been talking about it for a two-year period.”
“We should both say, ‘We will work it out.’ It will work out in the formula somehow. As opposed to you saying, ‘We will not pay,’ and me saying, ‘We will not pay.’”
“But you cannot say that to the press. The press is going to go with that, and I cannot live with that.”
Perhaps the idea of the President of the United States whining like a little bitch, softened Peña Nieto’s heart because, while he continued to refuse to pay for the wall, he did agree to stop talking about it.
President _____ signed an executive order mandating construction of the wall, though to this day the funding for it remains unclear. And while _____ reiterated his vow that Mexico would pay—as recently as last month at the G20—the House approved a spending bill setting aside $1.6 billion for a wall that is projected to cost as much as $21 billion.
And Mexico said, ‘Meh.’
But it wasn’t just a phone call to Mexico that showed the weakness in _____; he also spoke with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about the United States accepting refugees ... well, Muslim refugees anyway.
“I have had it. I have been making these calls all day, and this is the most unpleasant call all day.”
Huh; so I wonder who was the nicest person _____ spoke with ...
“Putin was a pleasant call.”
And the phone call became even more contentious when it returned to the idea of the United States accepting refugees from Australian detention centers. While the Obama administration had agreed to accept some detainees _____ was not having it.
“I hate taking these people. I guarantee you they are bad. That is why they are in prison right now. They are not going to be wonderful people who go on to work for the local milk people.”
Huh? What? Why?
Turnbull tried to explain that the detainees were economic refugees who had not been accused of crimes, and said they were being denied entry into Australia because of a policy aimed at discouraging human smuggling. He even tried to give _____ a way to explain it by doing something _____ loves to do, blame Obama:
“There is nothing more important in business or politics than a deal is a deal. You can certainly say that it was not a deal that you would have done, but you are going to stick with it.”
“I think it is a horrible deal, a disgusting deal that I would have never made. As far as I am concerned, that is enough Malcom [sic]. I have had it. This is going to kill me. I am the world’s greatest person that does not want to let people into the country. And now I am agreeing to take 2,000 people.”
But here’s the saddest part of the leaked phone calls: it’s clear that _____ is not really concerned with the resistance—he offers no concrete plans as a result of Mexico and Australia refusing to play ball—he seems most concerned with how this makes him look.
And he should, because he, once again, looks like he has no idea what he’s doing.