On Monday morning Donald Trump took the opportunity to exploit the weekend’s Manhattan explosion in an effort to make himself look good.
Before details of the incident had been confirmed, the GOP presidential nominee had already deemed it a bombing and was spreading that information to the public.
He was initially criticized for doing so before having his facts straight, but as it turns out, Trump’s assessment was correct and the explosion was eventually linked to terrorism.
Trump wasted no time taking a victory lap, so to speak, for being right.
“But what I said was exactly correct. I should be a newscaster because I called it before the news,” Trump told “Fox and Friends” in a phone interview.
He slammed the mainstream media for attacking him for prematurely using the word “bomb” and accused reporters of editing out clips of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton using the same term.
“But Hillary Clinton used the word ‘bombs’ shortly thereafter and nobody said anything about it. And somebody said some of them edit that word out. They took it out. Hey, folks, it’s a rigged system, and I’ve been saying it for a long time. And the news is as dishonest as anybody there is,” he said.
In just those few sentences, Trump bashed the media and Hillary Clinton while applauding himself at the same time.
According to Politico, Clinton did also refer to the incidents as “bombings” on Saturday prior to having confirmation, saying to reporters that she had been briefed “about bombings in New York and New Jersey and the attack in Minnesota.”
While both candidates may have jumped the gun on this issue, Trump’s boasting goes far beyond speaking too soon. Being “right” about an act of terrorism is nothing to brag about.
Furthermore, his actions are still worthy of criticism because it is dangerous and reckless to distribute unconfirmed information to the American people.
He may have been correct this time, but what if he had been wrong? He would have misinformed the public and created unnecessary panic, and that is not how a leader should respond in disaster situations.
Regardless of what Clinton said, Trump should be admitting that he should have waited for the facts before making statements instead of using the “she did it too” mentality to justify his own actions.
Trump has made assumptions before and been quite wrong, such as when he, supposedly, misinterpreted video footage he saw. He said that he watched money being unloaded off of a U.S. plane in Iran on the same day that the Iranian government released four American detainees.
He suggested that the money was given as a ransom in exchange for the prisoners in an effort to make it seem like President Barack Obama was facilitating some kind of underhanded deals with our enemies.
He created an entire uproar and sparked even more distrust in our government because, of course, his loyal following believed him.
He later retracted those claims and admitted that the video he saw was of the hostage plane landing in Geneva, Switzerland.
The difference between Trump and Clinton is that Trump has a track record of spreading information without having all of the facts. While each time there is a chance his intuition is correct; there is also the same chance that he could be wrong.
Taking that kind of gamble with the American people is just plain dangerous.
The next President of the United States needs to be a rational thinker, not a loose cannon who flies off at the mouth like Trump.
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