In what is a first, Donald Trump has admitted he was wrong about something. Not that he apologized for it. He sent a tweet Friday morning admitting that the plane he saw was the plane carrying American hostages, not $400 million for Iran.
Tim Kaine said this morning that “I have no idea what he’s talking about. It (the video) doesn’t exist. He might be thinking about Iran Contra from like 35 years ago or something like this.”
And Kaine was right. Trump had no idea what he was talking about. Trump’s tweet was short and to the point:
The plane I saw on television was the hostage plane in Geneva, Switzerland, not the plane carrying $400 million in cash going to Iran!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2016
Trump had said Wednesday,
“It was interesting because a tape was made. Right? You saw that? With the airplane coming in — nice plane — and the airplane coming in, and the money coming off, I guess. Right? That was given to us, has to be, by the Iranians.
“And you know why the tape was given to us? Because they want to embarrass our country. They want to embarrass our country. And they want to embarrass our president because we have a president who’s incompetent. They want to embarrass our president. I mean, who would ever think they would be taking all of this money off the plane and then providing us with a tape? It’s only for one reason. And it’s very, very sad.”
What is very sad is that Paul Manafort this morning was still making excuses via Fox News:
“The point that he was making is the cash-transfer took place and it was taking place consistent with the transfer of hostages. Again, what the Obama administration wants to do is get off of the point. The point is, $400 million in cash that most likely ended up in terrorist camps used against the west was given in exchange for hostages and the President of the United States lied to the American people, that’s the point.”
Actually, the point is that Trump is wrong, not to mention delusional and deranged, and as he did with the people supposedly celebrating 9/11, just making stuff up. The admission that he was wrong about something, while a bit of a shock, changes none of that.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.