Trump views himself as a great wartime leader like Churchill or FDR

dublinbay z6 (KS)

At "war" with the pandemic virus.

Delusions of grandeur!

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"President Donald Trump on Thursday compared himself to Winston Churchill as he defended his decision to lie to the American people about the dangers posed by the novel coronavirus in the early weeks of the outbreak.

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Later he told a campaign rally in Freeland, Michigan: "As the British government advised the British people in the face of World War II, keep calm and carry on. That's what I did."

The president continued: "When Hitler was bombing London, Churchill, great leader, would oftentimes go to a roof in London and speak. He always spoke with confidence. He said we have to show calmness. Nah, we did it the right way."

Trump seemed to be conflating episodes in which Churchill watched Nazi bombs drop on London from the rooftops of government buildings in Westminster and the prime minister's wartime addresses to the British people.

Critics were incredulous at the comparison Trump drew between himself and Churchill by pointing out that while Churchill sought to build the country's morale amid attacks from Nazi Germany, the prime minister was bluntly honest about the dangers and hardship Britain faced.

What Churchill actually said: "We are in the preliminary stage of one of the greatest battles in history... I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind... many, many long months of struggle and of suffering."

Trump also invoked President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's quote "The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself," which Roosevelt said during his 1933 inaugural address as America struggled through the Great Depression.

"America will prevail over the China virus," Trump said, using a racist nickname for the coronavirus. "As Franklin Delano Roosevelt said: 'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.' We do it very well."

Roosevelt, however, had used that line in a speech that also stressed the importance of being honest in tackling national crises.

"This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly," he said at the time. "Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today."

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-defends-downplaying-coronavirus-compares-churchill-fdr-2020-9

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I don't think he will succeed in "borrowing" any glory from those two great leaders, no matter how many quotes he borrows from them. He just reminds us by how much he fails to come up to their standards.

Kate

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vgkg Z-7 Va(Z-7)

So lame (and expected) trump putting himself in the Roosevelt/Churchill column. The only thing we have to fear is trump himself.

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jmm1837

Well, I've read that he's very ignorant of history, and this would seem to prove it in spades. That he would imagine for one minute that he has shown any of the leadership qualities of either of these men is mind blowing.


And that he (and his followers) can even begin to justify keeping the American people in the dark is even more mind blowing. Open, honest government is essential to democracy, yet a part of the American populace is watching it disappear and doesn't seem to care at all.

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terezosa / terriks


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littleonefb(zone 5, MA)

The key thing "our liar in chief" misses (no surprise there) is that these great leaders never lied to the people. Those speeches by those great leaders brought comfort and support to the citizens of those prospective countries,

On the other hand, Trump is just pandering to his base with those quotes and not the citizens of this country, He is providing zero, zip, zilch comfort, support understanding and caring when he opens his mouth at his rallies or when he is busy with those thumbs of his tweeting.


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loonlakelaborcamp(3 A/B)

Look up what happened to Coventry, England in WWII and why. Then we'll talk about "open" government. Quite the conundrum .

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dublinbay z6 (KS)

I just hope, Iris, that readers recognize /sarcasm when they see it.

Kate

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Ziemia(6a)

Re Coventry et al...... another murky bit of history - a conspiracy..... as many call it.

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jmm1837

Murky indeed. Three different and mutually contradictory versions from people who claimed he knew, and a general view that, while he knew there was going to be a bombing raid, neither he nor his advisors knew where it was going to be. The people of Coventry actually blamed their local council for not being better prepared to deal with the fires that night. Kind of like the blame heading Trump's way, I'd say. And rightly so.

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cyn427 (z. 7, N. VA)(zone 7, Northern VA)

The facts about Coventry are indeed murky, but most do not accept the conspiracy theories alluded to above.

That said, if it were true (which I do not believe it is), Trump would be comparable to Churchill in that one moment.

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Joaniepoanie

Ah yes, Churchill’s famous speech. As bombs were falling on London, Churchill announced that 15 bombs would go down to zero, that the Germans would be gone in the spring when the weather was warmer, and that everything would be back to normal by Easter.

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