So important

A moment from Trump’s performance at the “National Day of Prayer” [why do we even have such a thing, and especially why is it something the president makes a fuss about?] yesterday:

Today, during his remarks to commemorate the National Day of Prayer, President Trump departed from the prepared text to insert a boast that had presumably not been cleared by fact-checkers. Prayer “unites us all as one nation under God. So important,” he said. (“So important” being a common Trump tic to indicate he is encountering his own words for the first time and finds them important.) Then came the riff about “one nation under God”:

And we say it here, ya know? Lot of people, they don’t say it. But, you know what, they’re starting to say it more, just like we’re starting to say ‘Merry Christmas’ when that day comes around. You notice the big difference between now and two or three years ago, it was, all, it was going in the other direction rapidly, right? Now it’s [thrusting his hand vertically in the air] straight up.

No, I don’t notice that, and neither does he; he just thinks he does, because he’s too dumb to distinguish between “this idea that popped into my brain” and “a statistic I know.”

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