The more Donald Trump opens his mouth, or slowly types a tweet, the more he contradicts himself by stating the opposite of his previous claims. It has also become a running joke that there is a Trump tweet for every occasion, in which he makes the perfect argument in an older tweet against one of his own new tweets. Whether it was criticizing President Barack Obama for his rate of turnover of Chiefs of Staff, or stating “Be prepared, there is a small chance that our horrendous leadership could unknowingly lead us into World War III,” or possibly the worst case of hypocrisy when Trump complained about the amount of golf played by Presidents Obama and Carter, there certainly seems to be a tweet for everything.
This time Trump’s hypocrisy is about the speed and success of approving his nominations. Over the weekend, Trump tweeted “Waiting for approval of almost 300 nominations, worst in history. Democrats are doing everything possible to obstruct, all they know how to do,” yet, back in 2012, he also tweeted “Obama’s complaints about Republicans stopping his agenda are BS since he had full control for two years. He can never take responsibility”. When presented with this contradiction late last year, further ensuring the opposite of “the buck stops here,” Trump stated “I’m not going to blame myself. I’ll be honest. They’re not getting the job done.”
If you thought the hypocrisy and excuses ended there, you’d of course be fooling yourself. When previously asked why there were still so many open positions for which Trump had failed to make an appointment, he stated “I’m generally not going to make a lot of the appointments that would normally be—because you don’t need them. I mean, you look at some of these agencies, how massive they are, and it’s totally unnecessary. They have hundreds of thousands of people.” So which is it, Donald?
Are the many open positions because you planned to never fill them, obstruction from the Senate, or the fact your people aren’t getting the job done? I just wish a reporter would actually hold Trump to his previous statements and tweets, but the best response we could hope for would be another contradictory statement to add to the pile. Based on Trump’s history, we can be sure the actual reason is due to his incompetence and unwillingness to even attempt to try to understand the issue at hand.
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