Let’s Play “What the Hell Did *That* Mean” With Today’s Guest, Donald Trump

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I remember we used to play this game with Sarah Palin, and now we can play it with Donald Trump. The game is “What the Hell Did That Mean?” Today’s edition comes from a speech in Atlanta. Donald is in the middle of his usual whine about how other countries don’t pay us enough tribute for protecting them, when he turns to Saudi Arabia:

We defend them. We defend them. Every time somebody maybe makes a threat, there go the ships, there go the planes, there goes everything. And every time you turn on one of those aircraft carriers it costs you probably a million bucks. I’d say, don’t turn it on. The captain would say, we want to show you how great these engines are working. No, I don’t want to hear it, just don’t.

Wut? We’ll never find out what he meant, though. In the same way that we’re all still wondering where Ronald Reagan was headed on his trip down Highway 1 when time ran out in the 1984 debate, Donald got distracted by a protester he wanted to toss out. So that’s all there is.

By the way, you should listen to it. I tried to figure out how to transcribe his bizarre tone and body language during this harange, but it was beyond me.

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