As the revelations leaked so far from Bob Woodward’s new book Rage continue to confirm America’s worst fears about Donald Trump, new advance excerpts continue to disclose even more outrageous details of the president’s shameful behavior.
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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough read an article in The New York Times containing excerpts from the new Woodward tome and highlighted one of the more bizarre statements that the president made to the legendary journalist — one that indicated that Trump may have been deadly serious when he described the correspondence he that exchanged with the pudgy North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as “beautiful letters” that led them to fall “in love.”
“You meet a woman. In one second, you know whether or not it’s going to happen. It doesn’t take you 10 minutes and it doesn’t take you six weeks. It’s like, whoa. You know? It takes somewhat less than a second.”
~Trump re: his relationship with Kim Jong Un https://t.co/RHOhinzM7O
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) September 9, 2020
Trump’s description of the instant attraction he felt for the brutal North Korean strongman recalls his lack of impulse control when faced with beautiful women as he infamously described in the Access Hollywood tape:
“You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait,” Trump shamelessly admited. “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” he marvelled at his own ability to commit sexual assualt without penalty.
Woodward gives a first peek at the contents of some of the fawning and treacly “beautiful letters” in his book, with Supreme Leader Kim telling the gullible and politically naive American president that their relationship was like a “fantasy film” and that their meetings were like a “precious memory” that showed how the “deep and special friendship between us will work as a magical force.”
“I feel pleased to have formed good ties with such a powerful and preeminent statesman as Your Excellency,” the North Korean leader wrote in one exchange. In a separate letter, Kim said he wished to “relive” the privilege of “that moment of history when I firmly held Your Excellency’s hand at the beautiful and sacred location as the whole world watched with great interest.”
If Kim is ever deposed, he may yet have a lucrative opportunity at a second career as a romance novel writer with that type of purple prose.
As far as Trump’s reaction to the letters goes, he may now claim that he was joking when he referred to them as beautiful, but as Paul Simon once said “still, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.”
It’s no wonder that America’s longest-standing allies are looking at Americans as if they’ve suddenly contracted an extreme psychosis by allowing this president to continue in office a minute further, particularly when Trump is calling the Pentagon “suckers’ for bearing the cost of defending South Korea against the nuclear threat posed by his bosom buddy and saying that “my fucking generals are a bunch of pussies. They care more about their alliances than they do about trade deals.”
It’s telling that Scarborough doesn’t even have to comment on the president’s direct quote which Bob Woodward wisely recorded the audio of for posterity and the jaw-dropping amazement of future presidential historians.
A quote like that is damning enough on its own with commentary even if Twitter did allow more than 280 characters.
Perhaps Trump is describing his experience of the scientific phenomenon of sexual pheromones in his description of him and Kim Jong Un’s instant attraction.
While one can be all for finding love in unexpected places — even with a chemically-induced captivation — this tale of mutual dictatorial enthrallment certainly stinks to high heaven.
It only takes less than a second to hear this latest presidential outrage and decide that you must do everything you can to ensure that he is voted out of office posthaste!
Original reporting by Maggie Haberman in The New York Times.
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