Things politicians say and do

As of the 298th day of his administration, President Donald Trump has made 1,628 misleading claims, according to the Associated Press.

At the local level, in trying to spin us like a top, Mayor Jim Ferrell said, “The real story isn’t that we are $8 million short of funding the PAEC [Performing Arts and Event Center], it is that we have raised $24 million.”

Ah, think that through, your Honor. You don’t want the Associated Press to start keeping track of your statements.

President Trump reminded us that he had “one of the great memories of all time.” Until he was asked about a meeting he attended with indicted campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. Then he said,

“I don’t remember much about that meeting.”

When appearing in Houston to support volunteer workers who were helping people in need of food and housing after Hurricane Harvey, the president seemed to forget where he was and said, “What a crowd. What a turnout.”

He further demonstrated his misunderstanding of “time and place” by wearing a hat that was on sale from his campaign for $40. He did not talk to the victims or mention them until the next day.

“I thought I would last longer than a carton of milk,” said Anthony Scaramucci, who was fired after 10 days as White House communications director following a profanity-laced tirade.

Trump said of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during their playground spat, “He’s starting to respect us I respect that fact.”

The following week, Kim fired a missile over Japan. Guess his respect for Trump didn’t last long.

Mayor Ferrell’s message printed in the program for the Reach Out for Homeless fundraiser was, “When you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid in the resurrection of the just.”

It’s from Luke 1:12-14. However, Ferrell’s policy on the homeless has been considerably less than spiritual. More like go away!

At a community meeting, Ferrell’s enthusiasm at making a point got the better of him and he said, “Sorry, I just interrupted myself”.

In Charlottesville, the president defended the white supremacists’ and neo-Nazis’ right to express their freedom of speech — even though it resulted in violence and a person being killed.

But he says football players are unpatriotic and should be fired for expressing the same right to free speech by kneeling during the national anthem.

When he visited Puerto Rico, Trump shot paper towels to the victims as if he was throwing shirts to the crowd at a basketball game.

He insulted the mayor of San Juan after she begged for help for her citizens, and he closed some conversations with local homeless and hungry victims with the comment, “Have a nice day.”

Maybe it’s Puerto Rico who should take a knee.

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former Auburn mayor and retired public official. He can be reached at bjroegner@comcast.net.

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