President Trump is taking a tsunami of mockery from Democrats, Twitter trolls and late night comics for criticizing the do-nothing Broward County deputies by saying that he would have run into that school to help stop the shooter, even if he hadn’t been armed. But that apparently wasn’t just braggadocio: Someone looked into the New York Daily News archives and found a story from 1991 about how Trump saw a mugger beating someone with a baseball bat. He had his driver stop, and he got out and accosted the mugger, who ran away. One witness disputed that account, but another confirmed that it did happen. I don’t know for sure, but I do think that if I were being mugged in New York, I’d have a better chance of Donald Trump showing up like Batman and stopping the mugger than of Stephen Colbert doing it.
But there’s another very important aspect of this story that’s been overlooked in all the partisan attacks and defenses. Apparently, nobody bothered to read what Trump said in its entirety. In talking to a roomful of Governors, he actually said this:
“I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon, and I think most of the people in this room would’ve done that too.”
Note that the full context reveals that he wasn’t bragging that he’s some kind of special superhero. He was saying that running in to help the kids was just the natural reflex reaction that most decent humans would have.
This is why you shouldn’t get your news from late night comedians. They aren’t looking for nuance, context or accuracy. They’re looking for a set-up to a punchline. If all they need to make Trump sound foolish is the first half of the sentence, then you will never hear the second half.
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