Does Trump also think he can declassify government documents by “plunking his magic twanger” like Froggy the Gremlin?
Some of you are old enough to remember gossip columnist and radio/TV host Walter Winchell’s signature opening:
‘Good Evening Mr. and Mrs. America and All the Ships at Sea’
Today I saw a news clip that’s worthy of Winchell’s legendary introduction. So, without further ado, Mr. and Mrs. America, all ships at sea, everyone on line or in your cars, anyone in range of Around the Block, anyone with a brain, and, most importantly, anyone still wearing a MAGA hat, I give you the former, twice impeached President of the United States, Donald Trump:
In case you couldn’t stand watching this for the entire 51 seconds, here’s the key Q&A:
Q: Is there a process for presidential declassification? A: “There doesn’t have to be a process, as I understand it. If you’re the President of the United States you can declassify just by saying it, even by thinking about it. There can be a process but there doesn’t have to be a process. I declassified everything.”
Sean Hannity, the great journalist, that he is missed the opportunity for a great follow-up question: Does that mean, Mr. President, that you could simply wave a magic wand over the documents to declassify them, let’s say, for example, if you’re too busy to think about it or because you’re deep in thought about when your people will bring you your next cheeseburger?”
If only Uncle Walt Disney was still alive. What an animated film he could produce.
The new animated feature film from Disney with songs like “When You Wish Upon a Star…Makes No Difference How Corrupt You Are;” “A Whole New Trump World;” “Whistle While You Don’t Work;” “Supercalifragilisticexpitrumadoucious;” “Bibbidi-Trumpidee-Boo;” “Trump-A-Dee-Doo-Dah;” and other classics.
On a final serious note, you might have missed this from the Trump interview: “…because you’re sending it [the documents] to Mar-a-Lago or to wherever you’re sending it…”
Wherever you’re sending it? Is he suggesting that there are more purloined documents in other Trump hideaways? Is this a case of “Wait, there’s more!” Merrick Garland, are you listening?