The highly-lauded filmmaker David Lynch was thrust into some hot water recently after right-wing propaganda-rag Breitbart ran an article bearing the headline “Trump ‘Could Go Down as One of the Greatest Presidents in History,'” attributing the quote to Lynch himself.
Since Donald Trump is physically incapable of ignoring praise, the temperamental president retweeted the article on Monday (presumably without actually reading it).
By Tuesday, word of the article and the subsequent retweet made its way to Lynch, a man the same age as Donald Trump who somehow possesses three times the reading comprehension necessary to navigate Twitter’s 280 character limit.
Lynch took to his Facebook page to clear the air and reach out to the president directly (who still hasn’t deleted the retweet).
Lynch begins his response by noting that his quote, when used as clickbait, is taken wildly out of context. The full text of the quote included in the Breitbart article is as follows:
“[Trump] could go down as one of the greatest presidents in history because he has disrupted [Washington] so much. No one is able to counter this guy in an intelligent way.”
This quote appears in the third paragraph of the article. It’s not buried behind a paywall, or disruptive ads; rather it is visible almost immediately upon loading the article where Lynch quite literally calls the president and his approach to legislation so stupid that basic intelligence can’t counter it.
When taken in the full context, Lynch wasn’t complimenting Trump or his policies. Rather, he was commenting on Trump’s ability to shake the status quo, which is desperately needed in Washington. Unfortunately for the American public, the shaker is a volatile, evil man who wishes nothing more than to grab hold of authoritarian power.
In the second paragraph of Lynch’s brief retort, he addresses this directly:
“Unfortunately, if you continue as you have been, you will not have a chance to go down in history as a great president. This would be very sad it seems for you – and for the country. You are causing suffering and division.”
Considering the evidence indicating that Trump didn’t read further than the headline in his original article, it’s equally unlikely that he’ll ever come across and read Lynch’s response. It’s probably for the best, since his final paragraph assumes that Trump possesses even an ounce of humanity and was probably a waste of keystrokes:
“It’s not too late to turn the ship around… You can unite the country. Your soul will sing. Under great loving leadership, no one loses – everybody wins. It’s something I hope you think about and take to heart. All you need to do is treat all the people as you would like to be treated.”
The problem here, of course, is that Trump would like to be treated like a king. A true leader, however, acknowledges the skills they have which makes them a competent leader, but sees themselves as no better than anyone else.
Trump’s narcissism would never allow him to be a “great” president, but his victory was certainly a wake-up call to an otherwise stagnant Washington.
Read Lynch’s full comments below:
Dear Mr. President,This is David Lynch writing. I saw that you re-tweeted the Breitbart article with the heading –…