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Let’s Nuke Europe For the Fun Of It

A confused Donald Trump couldn’t grasp why we would not (should not) nuke Europe! (He seems to be emulating his most conspicuous policy advisor, Ann Coulter.)

Nuke Europe

Donald Trump Goes Nuclear

Here are highlights from his most recent Hardball interview:

[Warning: Scary stuff follows.]

Chris Matthews: “Your most controversial suggestion was don’t take nuclear weapons [off the table]. …  I have been trying to think of how we could conceivably use a nuclear weapon in the Middle East or in Europe in fighting ISIS. Where can you? And why put it on the table or leave it on the table if you can’t imagine where to use it?”

Donald Trump: “Well, I didn’t say, ‘Don’t take it.’ I said I would be very, very slow and hesitant to pull that trigger.”

Matthews: “Where would we drop a nuclear weapon in the Middle East?”

Trump: “Let me explain. Let me explain. Somebody hits us within ISIS, you wouldn’t fight back with a nuke?”

Trump: “I’d be the last one to use the nuclear weapon.”

Matthews: “So can you take it off the table now?”

Trump: “Because that’s sort of like the end of the ball game.”

Matthews: “Can you tell the Middle East we’re not using a nuclear weapon on anybody?”

Trump: “I would never say that. I would never take any of my cards off the table.”

Matthews: “How about Europe? We won’t use it in Europe?”

Trump: “I, I’m not going to take it off the table.”

Matthews: “You might use it in Europe?”

Trump: “No, I don’t think so. But I’m not taking …”

Matthews: “Well, just say it. ‘I will never use a nuclear weapon in Europe.’”

Trump: “I am not, I am not taking cards off the table.”

Matthews: “OK.”

Trump: “I’m not going to use nuclear, but I’m not taking any cards off the table.”

Welcome to the man who wants to control the nuclear football but hasn’t got a clue about the nuclear triad.

The Donald learned well from his consigliere, Ann Coulter.

Ann Coulter Goes Nuclear

Coulter began 2005 with a proposition: “I think we ought to nuke North Korea right now just to give the rest of the world a warning.” Coulter added, “I just think it would be fun to nuke them and have it be a warning to the rest of the world.”

Just last year, Coulter advocated the “liberal use of nukes, daisy cutters, drones,” saying she was “in favor of lots of nukes and daisy cutters.”

Last October, Coulter extensively debated the employment of nuclear weaponry.

Cenk Uygur: “You said you wanted to drop nukes, so would you have dropped a nuke? … So would you have dropped the nuke [on Iraq]? … Would you have dropped the nuke?”

Ann Coulter: “Nuke, daisy-cutter, drone – it doesn’t matter. And by the way, the way this is supposed to work is a question an answer and I have given the same answer now 16 times.”

Uygur: “You have clearly answered: you would have dropped a nuke and Saddam would have probably died as well as maybe a million others … babies burned alive – but hey, we’re having fun – it’s a hyperbole.”

Coulter: “I know this is apparently mostly an audience that doesn’t really care about 9/11, but I am an American.”

If The Donald is really taking foreign (or domestic) policy advice from Ann Coulter, he should get a new advisor.

Update: A reader took issue with the title of this essay, to which I replied, re-posting relevant excerpts from Trump’s transcript, and then added:

“IN OTHER WORDS, Why Not Nuke Europe? Trump does not even give a rationale for why he would nuke Europe. He clearly can’t take a firm position – one way or the other – on this crucial (and crystal clear) question. If he does not know why he should NOT nuke Europe, then the question posed on the graphic – Why not nuke Europe? – fits both the dialogue that took place and Trump’s own thinking process. Trump, again, DOES NOT KNOW WHY HE SHOULD NOT NUKE EUROPE! If he knew why he should not nuke Europe, he would take nukes off the table.”

P.S. The essay title – Let’s Nuke Europe For the Fun Of It – obviously merges the sentiments of both Trump (why not nuke Europe) and Coulter (“I just think it would be fun to nuke them”). Satire, apparently, escapes Trump supporters.

Coulter Betrays, Then Attacks Paula Jones

In her first column of the year,[1] Ann Coulter missed a scoop right under her aristocratic nose! She did so trying to avoid exposing her own shenanigans during the Clinton sex scandals of the 1990s.

Betrayal

Coulter took Chris Matthews to task for his incredulity over accusations that Hillary enabled Bill in his sexual escapades. But she missed a scoop by trying to hide her own past. (One might call it, “Ann Coulter’s Ann Coulter Amnesia.”) Coulter wrote:

“That’s why no one under 30 has ever heard of Gennifer Flowers, Juanita Broaddrick, Dolly Kyle Browning, Elizabeth Ward Gracen, Sally Perdue, Kathleen Willey and Monica Lewinsky. Nor have they heard that Hillary’s explanation of all these alleged rapes, molestations (proved), gropings (proved) and sexual affairs (proved) was that there was a ‘vast right-wing conspiracy, conspiring against my husband.’”

Coulter citations missed one of the most prominent cases, charges of sexual harassment by Paula Jones, the one person on that singular list whom Coulter personally knew, professionally betrayed, and profoundly demeaned.

The exclusion of Paula Jones from Coulter’s list is striking! Jones received a substantial out-of-court settlement.

Even more striking, Coulter extensively quoted Matthews on Hillary but missed the best Matthews quote out there, a scoop which exposes the very character of Hillary Clinton.

But first,

Coulter v. Jones

Coulter’s involvement with both the Paula Jones sexual harassment case against Bill Clinton and Linda Tripp’s taped conversations with Monica Lewinsky would prove crucial to not only undermining the Clinton agenda and tarnishing the Clinton legacy, but would also provide the impetus for impeachment of the President and, not coincidentally, provide Coulter with her first best-seller.

During the scandal, Coulter expressed not one word of empathy for Jones. Indeed, Coulter gloried in Paula’s misery because Paula became a weapon to use against the President. Coulter divulged attorney-client privileged information to the press with the express purpose of thwarting her client’s desire for an out-of-court settlement.

As a result of the sabotaged negotiations, Jones reluctantly went to court, the Lewinsky scandal erupted, and Jones’ life was radically altered. Rather than receiving the settlement she so desperately desired, Jones entered media hell and gained a fractured family. Coulter, however, benefited, later boasting that she “got a bestseller out of it.” Meanwhile, Jones remained in media hell.

Coulter publicly commiserated with Jones: “It seems to me, after seeing this in a practical matter, what Paula Jones went through, I don’t think any of them would bring a lawsuit. I certainly wouldn’t. How would you like to be called ‘trailer park trash,’ and have the entire White House apparatus focused on you as one sole little woman without a capacity to respond?”

As it was, due to marital breakup, legal fees, back taxes, and a defense fund fiasco – all as a result of Coulter’s interference in her lawsuit – Jones thought the only way out of her family meltdown and financial chaos was to discreetly pose for Penthouse.

Ironically, after abandoning Jones – without ever offering her any post-impeachment aid – Coulter denounced her as “trailer park trash,” doing precisely what she had previously condemned Clinton supporters for doing. In Coulter’s own words: “Now she’s just the trailer park trash they said she was.”

(Many more details are available in “Case Study # 1: Oh, Paula (Jones)! Ann Coulter’s Betrayal.”)[2]

Coulter Missed This Scoop!

Coulter’s extensive excerpts from Chris Matthews somehow missed his most important words on the subject. On October 26, 2007, Chris Matthews outlined many of the Clinton sex scandals (emphasis added):

“But we know it has because his private matters inevitably become private. We know the name of every woman he’s been involved with – everybody.  You know, there’s never been any investigative reporting.  Paula Jones filed a lawsuit.  Gennifer Flowers had a big press conference.  Monica Lewinsky blabbed about him on some tape recording with her pal, Linda Tripp.  We have this stuff thrown at us, and they keep saying, private matter.  If it’s private, why do we always know about it?”

Matthews mentioned the person Coulter was loathe to name: Paula Jones. Matthews also affirmed the public notoriety of Clinton’s private sexual behavior with women other than his wife. But, more than that, Matthews probed deeper.

Then Matthews asked how those scandals accrued to Hillary’s benefit!

“Does she exploit it and get power by knowing that he’s always feeling guilty with her?  In other words, did she get power – I heard this from David Gergen.  She got power over health care financing, the biggest issue of that administration because he was so hooked up in the problem of Paula Jones that she just squeezed it out of [him] … Is that the kind of exploitation, or what do you call it – what do you call it, blackmail?  What  do you call it? … And she exploited it to get more power.”

Here we see that it was well known during the Clinton presidency that the First Lady was exploiting her own husband’s sexual misconduct (in particular, the Jones’ scandal) to advance her own agenda with the power of the presidency behind it! This is yet another example of Clinton’s abuse of power as First Lady and one which foreshadows what a Hillary presidency would look like.

Hillary and Ann, Enemies Forever?

Trekkies will recall the Star Trek episode, “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield,” in which “two survivors of a war-torn planet … are still committed to destroying each other aboard the ship.” Each is “half black and half white, the two halves split perfectly down the center of his body.” Why do they seek to destroy one another? Each regards the other as evil. They are, ironically, mirror images of one another. (One is white on the left side, black on the right; the other is the reverse.) Yet, they cannot see how much they have in common.

Coulter and Clinton have far more in common with one another than just enmity.

Neither Clinton nor Coulter can escape their ignoble past (except by godly sorrow, repentance, and God’s grace). The character of both is cut from the same cloth[3]narcissistic hubris[4] and ambition unbridled by scruples.[5] Coulter and Clinton share a shocking number of character traits[6] (though radically different personalities).

Like Clinton,[7] Coulter cannot be trusted![8]

Endnotes:

[1]               Ann Coulter, “Chris Matthews’ Hillary Amnesia,” 1/6/16.

[2]               See “Case Study # 1: Oh, Paula (Jones)! Ann Coulter’s Betrayal,” Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[3]               See “Is Coulter as Corrupt as Clinton?” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-64.

[4]               See Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[5]               See “Ignorant Ideologue” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-br.

[6]               See The Beauty of Conservatism, 2011, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/beauty.pdf.

[7]               See “HRC: A Caricature of the Left” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-94.

[8]               See Never Trust Ann Coulter – at ANY Age, 2013, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/never.pdf.