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"I can't even read this." Stephanie Ruhle gives up trying to make sense of Trump

Donald Trump’s tweets — like the comments he makes when he’s not reading from a teleprompter — are largely incomprehensible and unintelligible. Making sense of his missives could occupy the attention of an entire nation if it were possible to take time away from his other immense failures. MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle demonstrated this as she […]

By Oliver Willis - December 20, 2017
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MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle
MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle

MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle demonstrated this as she tried to relay to viewers the contents of Trump’s latest garbled missive.

Ruhle started out promisingly, only to run into Trump’s convoluted syntax and mish-mash of ideas, exacerbated by the recently expanded character set on Twitter. For most people, the addition of more space to explain themselves would be a boon, but with Trump, it has made a bad experience worse.

RUHLE: President Trump is claiming victory. Just moments ago he tweeted, quote, “I would like to congratulate the Senate Majority Leader on having done a fantastic job both strategically and politically on passing in the Senate one of the massive –” I can’t even read this.

VELSHI: “— the massive tax cut and reform bill. I could have not asked for a better or more talented partner. Our team will go onto many more victories.” We’ll bring you the latest development on – we’ll bring you the latest developments is us –

RUHLE: I want to point out, I wasn’t not reading it for any political reason, I didn’t understand it.

VELSHI: The long tweets are not a benefit to society.

Trump does not understand the nitty-gritty details of public policy, a fact that is not helped by his criminally limited vocabulary.

Simply hailing his fellow Republicans for the passage of their pro-billionaire tax package resulted in syntax like “having done a fantastic job both strategically & politically on the passing in the Senate of the MASSIVE TAX CUT & Reform Bill. I could have not asked for a better or more talented partner.”

Ruhle cried uncle, as do a growing number of Americans, tired of the transition from a chief executive renowned in all political quarters as a master wordsmith to a man who cannot get an adult sentence out of his mouth.


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