I’ve been trying to find the perfect adjective for our president. It came to me after reading a story about him and one of his golf courses. He epitomizes the word buffoon. One definition of it is a person who does silly things sometimes intentionally that makes people laugh. Another is a ridiculous but amusing person. Another is a gross and usually-ill educated or stupid person.
There’s no doubt of his lack of education. His Frederick Douglass and Andrew Jackson statements among others demonstrate that. He is amusing (if you forget the position of responsibility he holds) with his taking on both sides of every issue praising something he denounced a couple of hours earlier. His tweets are silly sometimes intentionally so but on other occasions even without him realizing it like his early morning tweet of just learning Obama wiretapped him at Trump tower. Add it up he is ridiculous.
Here is the story the casts this in concrete the he is really a buffoon. It is about a golf course he owns in Virginia. The story written back in 2015 tells how Trump fixed up the course he bought including, “building a flagpole along the river complete with a plaque commemorating the “River of Blood,” a dramatic name for a harrowing event that never happened.”
The plaque reads: “Many great American soldiers, both of the North and South, died at this spot,” the inscription reads. “The casualties were so great that the water would turn red and thus became known as ‘The River of Blood.'”
As it turned out there was no civil war battle nearer than eleven miles from the location of the plaque. So someone questioned Trump on it. He replied that the spot on the river was used as a crossing and with a civil war going on some people may have been shot, in fact a lot of them. In other words he just made the whole thing up.
He was then told that most of the local historians thought that the plaque was a fiction. No one ever heard of the River of Blood. Trump replied: “How would they know that? We’re they there?”
Which makes one think how would Trump have known that Andrew Jackson was angry about the Civil War or the Frederick Douglass was a great American black leader or that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican if being there (writing those words does bring to mind Chauncey Gardner a Trump-like figure) is a prerequisite to knowing something.
Then in typical Trumpian fashion which we see over and over he told the person he was speaking with that: “numerous historians” had told him that the site was known as the River of Blood. He was asked their names. He said they didn’t tell him but they told “my people”. Ask which ones they told he refused to tell.
Then in a huff being caught up in his lies he said: “Write the story the way you want to. You don’t have to talk to anybody. It doesn’t make any difference. But many people were shot. It makes sense.”
That, my friend, is a buffoon. He lies, backs it up with lies, and get angry when caught lying.
I am just hoping that the only River of Blood is the make-believe one he created. Yet I fear our president is unstable and before he is through there will be a real River of Blood.