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At the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, Donald Trump reminded Americans yet again that their country has been rescued from the tyranny of well-informed elites. During a Saturday presser, the Great Man, who is like, really smart, proved once again he truly is a regular guy. In fact, if he's reelected in 2020, everyone will probably look back at this article you are reading right now and say, That's why! We snotty elitists just can't stop ourselves.

First, Trump muffed a question about Vladimir Putin's suggestion in an interview published during the summit, that Western liberal democracy is "obsolete" and has "outlived its purpose." Except Trump didn't seem to know that term refers to political philosophy, the rights of the individual, and all that nonsense. Instead, he knows "Western" means the west coast of the USA, and "liberalism" is what Nancy Pelosi does, and it's very bad. So when Peter Baker of the New York Times asked about Putin's assertion that "Western-style liberalism is obsolete," Trump was ready to join Putin in condemning those awful liberals in California:

Well, I mean he may feel that way. He's sees what's going on, I guess, if you look at what's happening in Los Angeles, where it's so sad to look, and what's happening in San Francisco and a couple of other cities, which are run by an extraordinary group of liberal people. I don't know what they're thinking, but he does see things that are happening in the United States that would probably preclude him from saying how wonderful it is [...]

Peter, I don't know what they're thinking. But when you look at Los Angeles, when you look at San Francisco, when you look at some of the other cities — and not a lot, not a lot — but you don't want it to spread. And at a certain point, I think the federal government maybe has to get involved. We can't let that continue to happen to our cities.

We don't know what the "federal government" might need to do to LA and SF, but at least we're getting the camps ready.


Later, ABC News's Jonathan Karl asked Trump to weigh in on that murder Kamala Harris committed Thursday when she critiqued Joe Biden's opposition to busing. Karl even gave Trump some context, not that it helped any:

I'm sure you saw the exchange between Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on the issue of federal busing — federally mandated busing. Biden thought that was a bad policy; he tried to stop it. Kamala Harris said it was an important part of desegregation, including in her own experience. Where do you stand on that issue of federally mandated busing?

Trump offered a weird non-answer answer:

And as far as that, I will tell you in about four weeks, because we're coming out with a certain policy that's going to be very interesting and very surprising, I think, to a lot of people.

Trump's going to release a new school desegregation policy? Or a busing policy? Or hell, maybe it'll be infrastructure week again. We bet the people it will be most surprising to all work in the White House, because they have no earthly idea what Trump was talking about.

NBC's Kristen Welker had a follow-up, and Trump went full Chauncey Gardiner with it:

Welker: I just wanted to follow up on the question about busing. Do you see it as a viable way of integrating schools. Does that relate to the policy that you're --

Trump: Well, that's something that they've done for a long period of time. You know, there aren't that many ways you're going to get people to schools. So this is something that's been done. In some cases, it's been done with a hammer instead of a velvet glove. And, you know, that's part of it.. But this has been certainly a thing that's been used over the — I think if Vice President Biden had answered the question somewhat differently, it would have been a different result. Because they really did hit him hard on that one. But it is certainly a primary method of getting people to schools.

Yup. Busing is how you get kids to school. I mean what, you're going to fly them? That's not cost-effective. That "hammer instead of a velvet glove" suggests maybe Trump has heard of "forced busing," but it sure as hell doesn't appear that he's the least bit aware of why kids in the '70s were being bused, and why white parents opposed it so violently. They must have just wanted to drive their kids themselves for some reason. But busing really is a primary method of getting people to schools. A lot of people have never heard that.

When Welker asked if busing would somehow be related to that upcoming policy Trump probably made up on the spot, he explained to her, like she's an idiot, "It relates to everything we're doing. And you'll be hearing about it over the next couple of months."

And then everyone on the White House staff started scrambling to figure out how they could invent a policy that had something to do with busing, or perhaps link some existing item on Trump's wish list to the topic, however loosely. Get ready for a great big announcement about rolling back emissions standards for buses, so communities can get people to school without the heavy hand of government regulation costing too much.

Except in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Trump has seen what's going on there and it makes him sick.

[BBC / Rolling Stone / WaPo]

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