President Donald Trump ranted endlessly and spouted absurd conspiracy theories in a Monday evening interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, even going so far as to assert that police officers who commit violence against suspects are the same as golfers who “choke” when it comes time to make a putt in a high-pressure golf tournament.
Ingraham asked Trump:
“It’s more dangerous to be a police officer today, do you not think than it has been a long time?”
The president replied:
“The police are under siege. “They can do 10,000 great acts, which is what they do, and one bad apple or a choker — a joker — they choke.”
As if sensing that Trump had just made a fool of himself with such an analogy, Ingraham tried to clarify:
“You mean, they, they panic.”
“You know, I mean, in the meantime, he might’ve been going for a weapon. And you know there’s a whole big thing there. But they choke, just like in a golf tournament, they miss a 3-foot putt…”
Again, Ingraham attempted to help Trump clarify what he was saying:
“You’re not comparing it to golf. Because of course that’s what the media would say…people make, people panic.”
But the president continued to ramble on and dig the hole he was in ever deeper:
“I’m saying people choke. And people are bad people. You have both. If you have some bad people and they choke. You could be a police officer for 15 years and all of a sudden you’re confronted. You’ve got a quarter of a second to make a decision. If you don’t make the decision and you’re wrong, you’re dead. People choke under those circumstances and they make a bad decision. I’ve seen bad decisions of people that, it looked bad, but probably it was a choke. But you also have bad police, but you also, the vast, not only the vast majority, but thousands and thousands of great acts, and you make the evening news for weeks.”
Did the cop who had his leg on the throat of George Floyd for nearly ten minutes choke? Or was he the one doing the choking? Was he thinking of making a 10-foot putt as Floyd begged for his life and repeatedly complained that he couldn’t breathe?
With each day, Donald Trump continues to prove that he is mentally, physically, and emotionally unfit to serve as head of state. The time has come to send him packing.