I remember when liberals liked to present themselves as the smart people. But these are not normal times.
OH: Are these times when I must say that my "these are not normal times" is sarcasm?
ADDED: I think Trump's comment is easily understood, so the tactic of focusing on it gets it more widely heard and contemplated.
Does anyone think Trump is actually confused and just getting something wrong? He's making an attack and getting it spread virally. It's memorable and (darkly) funny. I could see thinking that a President shouldn't indulge in figures of speech that can be misunderstood, but the current criticism is mostly trying to deprive Trump of the power to say things in a vivid, effective way. Trump knows that, as his dialogue with Hugh Hewitt shows:
DT: No, it’s no mistake. Everyone’s liking it. I think they’re liking it.... do you not like that?Yes, they do, so it's effective... until it's not effective. And that's what Trump's antagonists would like to take away from him. They would like us to hear his speech as evidence that this man is mentally unbalanced. That is, they want to unbalance our minds, so we no longer hear him and understand but hear him and are triggered to think he's mentally unbalanced.
HH: I don’t. I think I would say they created, they lost the peace. They created the Libyan vacuum, they created the vacuum into which ISIS came, but they didn’t create ISIS. That’s what I would say.
DT: Well, I disagree.... I mean, with his bad policies, that’s why ISIS came about.... If he would have done things properly, you wouldn’t have had ISIS.... Therefore, he was the founder of ISIS.
HH: And that’s, I’d just use different language to communicate it...
DT: But they wouldn’t talk about your language, and they do talk about my language, right?