Donald Trump’s old tweets are rather telling of his character and how he shifts his views like the wind just to get attention. Trump’s tweets a few years before ordering the launch of 59 tomahawk missiles aimed at Syria late last night show his level of hypocrisy. On Friday, Deputy assistant to Trump Sebastian Gorka said that Trump’s past tweets arguing against military action in Syria shouldn’t be held against him because Trump wasn’t president then.
For the record, Trump did not seek Congressional approval and he’s also got historically low approval numbers for a president in office for only 11 weeks.
In 2012, Trump tweeted, “Now that Obama’s poll numbers are in tailspin – watch for him to launch a strike in Libya or Iran. He is desperate.”
Now that Obama’s poll numbers are in tailspin – watch for him to launch a strike in Libya or Iran. He is desperate.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2012
In 2013, Trump tweeted, “What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.”
What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2013
Also in 2013, Trump opposed President Barack Obama’s attempt to strike when a sarin nerve gas attack left more than 1,400 dead outside of Damascus. Trump was so against it, he went all caps in his tweet.
AGAIN, TO OUR VERY FOOLISH LEADER, DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA – IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN & FROM THAT FIGHT THE U.S. GETS NOTHING!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2013
There are quite a few tweets like this one.
President Obama, do not attack Syria. There is no upside and tremendous downside. Save your “powder” for another (and more important) day!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2013
But to Gorka, none of that counts.
“I think you’d admit that the things you say when you’re in a certain situation without the requisite experience that may come later shouldn’t be held against you,” Gorka told radio host Laura Ingraham, according to CNN. “You may have great ideas about what it means to be a parent, but you have no idea what it means to bear the responsibility once you have children. This is the same situation.”
“What one says as a businessman who has not had TS/SCI clearance and sat in the situation room, or what one says on the campaign trail in a politically charged environment for a year, is incredibly different to the perspective you may have after you take on the mantle of the commander-in-chief, and you are the person responsible for the safety of all Americans,” Gorka continued. “That’s what experience tells us, and to judge based on statements they made when they were not in that position of responsibility.”
It’s funny that conservatives didn’t apply this same standard to former President Barack Obama.
Just like Trump was excused for his remarks condoning sexual assault in the Access Hollywood tape by conservatives because it was so long ago, even though he was in his sixties at the time, the former reality show star is being excused for remarks he said only a few years ago because he wasn’t the president then.
Well, we don’t think he acts like a president now.
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