President Donald Trump protested way too much on Friday when asked about his son-in-law Jared Kushner’s blatant lie about the Strategic National Stockpile not being for the states, throwing a tantrum at the reporter who challenged the remark.
During the daily coronavirus press conference/campaign rally on Thursday, Kushner claimed the national stockpile is “our” stockpile and isn’t supposed to be used by the states.
“The notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile. It’s not supposed to be states’ stockpiles that they then use,” he said.
But the Strategic National Stockpile website even directly stated that the stockpile is supposed to be distributed to states in need of supplies during emergencies, which the coronavirus pandemic certainly qualifies as. Of course, Trump immediately changed the mission statement of the website to reflect the lie Kushner spouted.
There is also debate on what Kushner meant by the word “our” in his remarks. Did he mean the federal government or his family?
A reporter simply asked about the statement as a whole on Friday, but Trump particularly objected to the “our” part, and methinks he doth protests too much.
“What’s that? A gotcha – I gotcha – when you use the word ‘our,’” Trump began. “You know what ‘our’ means? United States of America. That’s what it means. ‘Our. our.’ It means United States of America. And then we take that ‘our’ and we distribute it to the states – not that we have to.”
Actually, yes, you have to. It’s literally your job to do so. But Trump went on.
“Because we need it for the government,” he continued. “We need it for the federal government. When the states are in – To keep for our country, because the federal government needs it too. Not just the states. But when he says ‘our,’ he’s talking about our country.”
The federal government does NOT need all those ventilators, masks and other medical supplies. The states do because that’s where the hospitals are and the hospitals are where doctors and nurses are risking their lives to fight the pandemic Trump failed to properly respond to in the first place.
Trump then berated the reporter.
“It’s such a basic simple question and you try and make it sound so bad,” he whined. “You ought to be ashamed of yourself. You know what? You ought to be ashamed. It’s such a simple question. He said ‘our.’ And ‘our’ means for the country. And ‘our’ means for the states. The states are part of the country. Don’t make it sound bad. Don’t make it sound bad.”
Here’s the video via Twitter:
Trump flips out at a reporter asking about Jared Kushner’s claim that the national stockpile is “our” stockpile, says “the federal government needs it too, not just the states” pic.twitter.com/H8z40yTxAn
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) April 3, 2020
Again, Trump really zoned in on the word “our,” a word Kushner himself used as if he thinks the stockpile belongs to his family of grifters to be treated as a commodity for sale to the highest bidder.
The fact that Trump obsessed so much over the word pretty much says it all.
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