Donald Trump may be banned from all the social media sites, but he’s still figuring out a way to get his message out. In the latest example of that, he called Sean Davis of The Federalist and lit into just about everyone and everything, from Mark Milley to Mitch McConnell.
When the topic of Afghanistan came up, Trump pulled no punches, calling Joe Biden a “disgrace” while also hitting George W. Bush.
“What Biden is doing is grossly incompetent,” he added. “It’s a disgrace.”…
…“Bush now goes around lecturing everybody about all sorts of things, and he shouldn’t be lecturing anybody, because he’s the one who got us into the mess of the Middle East,” Trump continued. “In the 20 years since, it’s been obliterated, and it’s probably in worse shape now than it’s ever been because of him.”
Obviously, Trump is correct in his assessment of Biden, whose gross incompetence led to a deadly and disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan among many other catastrophes in the last year. Yet, I also think he has a point about George W. Bush, and I know there are some on the right who start seeing red anytime he’s criticized.
In my view, there’s almost no one on earth with less moral authority to lecture people on foreign policy than the younger Bush. His short-sighted decisions led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people with essentially no pay-off (the wars didn’t even end up getting Osama Bin Laden, who was found in Pakistan). Further, even if one believes he was justified at the time he made his choices, at some point, you exercise some shame and shut up. That Bush only found his voice again after the Obama administration is also transparent and infuriating for GOP voters.
Trump went after Mark Milley as well following the explosive revelation that the general pledged to China to tip them off about any coming attack.
“Milley’s a television general, and he’s not very good at it,” Trump said, referring to Mark Milley who was recently revealed to have held secret conversations with communist China in which he promised to give them advanced notice of American battle plans against the communist behemoth. “He’s been a disaster for the current administration. He got weak-kneed.”
Trump said, however, that Milley is not indicative of all generals in the military.
This is where I think Trump’s penchant for diagnosing the problem but never truly understanding the depth of it comes into play. When he took office, he knew the “swamp” was an issue, but he never grasped just how far he would need to go to truly clean it out. In regards to the military, Milley may be the worst among the slime in the general class, but he’s nowhere near the only problem. Much of the military’s leadership is overrun with political actors more concerned with pushing woke-ism than readiness. Hopefully, Trump realizes that if he’s ever in a position to do something about it again.
The former president continued by slamming the September 18th rally at the Capitol as a “setup.”
Trump also characterized the planned Sept. 18 rally at the U.S. Capitol as a “setup” meant to denigrate Republican voters regardless of what transpires.
“On Saturday, that’s a setup,” Trump said, referring to the rally. “If people don’t show up they’ll say, ‘Oh, it’s a lack of spirit.’ And if people do show up they’ll be harassed.”
To be honest, I’m not really concerned with any media figure claiming a lack of spirit among Republicans. But if the crowd is large, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see harassing tactics used. Nothing would make Democrats happier going into 2022 than to have another January 6th incident to hang their hat on. Given that, it’s imperative that anyone who attends understands they would be playing right into Biden and Pelosi’s hands if they lashed out. If a massive crowd shows up and nothing but a peaceful protest happens, it will further neuter the left-wing narrative.
Trump rounded things out by lambasting the press, a topic he has been proven 100% right on. Lastly, when asked about running in 2024, the former president declined to answer, saying that he wouldn’t be making a decision until the appropriate time, which likely means sometime in 2023. As I’ve said before, I do not believe that even Trump himself knows if he’s running yet or not.
In the end, the phone call was vintage Trump, and the straight-talking demeanor shown is exactly why so many people continue to support him.