Politician, Comedian, Brilliant Academic

In response to a reporter’s question about his previous comments about abortion, Donald Trump gave the following response:

He was asking me a theoretical, or just a question in theory, and I talked about it only from that standpoint. Of course not. And that was done, he said, you know, I guess it was theoretically, but he was asking me a rhetorical question, and I gave an answer. And by the way, people thought from an academic standpoint, and asked rhetorically, people said that answer was an unbelievable academic answer. But of course not, and I said that afterwards. Everybody understands that.

It’s a classic non-answer, but who would dare question it, given the way it ends, “Everybody understands that.” If that’s the case, and you didn’t understand what the person just said, would you admit it?

Here are what some in the media are saying about this response:

David Edwards from Raw Story:

Trump’s 80-word explanation about punishing women for abortion will make you instantly dumber

Donald Trump’s explanation on Wednesday about why he said women deserved to be punished for abortion was so incomprehensible that it probably left most viewers with less of an understanding about what he actually meant.

Ben Mathis-Lilley from Slate:

Trump’s Defense of His Abortion Gaffe Is the Worst Defense Anyone Has Ever Given of Anything

His response … is one of the most garbled sacks of nonsense verbiage that has been emitted in the history of human civilization.

At no point in this rambling, incoherent response was Donald Trump even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone who clicked the video … is now dumber for having listened to it.

I had written a post previously about how if Trump did not win the nomination, he could have a career as a stand-up comic. Well now it appears that if that doesn’t work out, he could become an academic. He’d fit right in; I think I’ve given answers like that before.

As the saying goes, those who can’t win an election, tell jokes. And those who can’t tell jokes, teach. That’s what happened to me.

If you would like to watch the video, here it is. You’ve been warned.

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

7 thoughts on “Politician, Comedian, Brilliant Academic”

    1. I don’t blame you for not wanting to watch the video. And I agree that accounting professors can be hilarious; it cracks me up every time I say Assets = Liabilities + Equity!



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