Politico called it “the sermon on the lake.” I call it the Buffalo shuffle, or the lake-effect snowjob.
Der Apfelstrudelfuhrer pontificated on New York values in his pre-election day rally at the First Niagra Center in Buffalo. Introduced by Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, Trump missed more easy passes than Tyrod Taylor.
He actually wrote his speech down, because “it’s very close to my heart.” Even then, he couldn’t get it right.
“Because I was down there, and I watched our police and our firemen down on 7-11. Down at the World Trade Center right after it came down.” Trump might have been at the 7 Eleven but he was not at Ground Zero on 9/11–so he actually got that right. I have no doubt that Donald’s heart was moved–we all were. But the rest of us aren’t trying to be all sanctimonious about it.
He came off about as authentic as his longtime friend Hillary Clinton. Then he compared 9/11 to Pearl Harbor, which he suggested was less bad than the World Trade Center because “at least it was military.” I don’t think we want to go there.
I think bloggers like me will make hay on the 7/11 gaffe but it probably won’t stick to Trump, since he’s made much more ridiculous statements than a simple slip of the lip. He’s become like the Dread Pirate Roberts, immune to Iocane powder, so he can drink his own poison and not die from it. (Ted Cruz will get that joke.)
But now we’ve seen the best Trump can do: Reading from prepared note cards with his signature block printing using a Sharpie. The people of Buffalo have experienced the soaring prose and thundering oration of The Donald.
Not impressed? Inconceivable!