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8/11/2019

Trump jokes …

Filed under: International — DRJ @ 4:40 pm



[Headline from DRJ]

No, this isn’t a post for Jokes about Trump. This is about an article that begins Trump cracks jokes …:

Trump cracks jokes about Equinox scandal, kamikaze pilots at Hamptons fundraiser

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Trump also made fun of US allies South Korea, Japan and the European Union — mimicking Japanese and Korean accents — and talked about his love of dictators Kim Jong Un and the current ruler of Saudi Arabia.

He started by saying how the EU had not paid its share to NATO and he insisted it does so.

Talking about South Korea, Trump said it makes great TVs and has a thriving economy, “So why are we paying for their defense. They’ve got to pay.” He then mimicked the accent of the leader Moon Jae-in while describing how he caved in to Trump’s tough negotiations.

On his remarkable friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, “I just got a beautiful letter from him this week. We are friends. People say he only smiles when he sees me.

“If I hadn’t been elected president we would be in a big fat juicy war with North Korea. “

Turning to Japan, Trump then put on a fake Japanese accent to recount his conversations with Shinzo Abe over their conversations over trade tariffs.

Trump spoke about his friendship with Abe and how fascinated he was with Abe’s father, who had been a kamikaze pilot. Trump asked Abe if the kamikaze pilots were drunk or on drugs. Abe said no, they just loved their country. Trump remarked, “Imagine they get in a plane with a half a tank of gas and fly into steel ships just for the love of their country!”

Joe Biden likes to imitate Asians, too.

— DRJ

31 Responses to “Trump jokes …”

  1. ROFLMAO – literally!!! And that was simply from reading the header.

    It’s right up there with: in there with: ‘military intelligence.’

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  2. Hey, I swear I read this somewhere!

    :)

    (I worked hard finding the kamikaze pilot link at that comment too, so be sure to click it…)

    Dave (1bb933)

  3. People say he only smiles when he sees me.

    This is next-level self-parody right here…

    Dave (1bb933)

  4. I should hat tip you, Dave. We think alike.

    DRJ (15874d)

  5. Trump’s timing was a bit off. A few days earlier and he could have made some really funny Nagasaki and Hiroshima jokes.

    Kevin M (21ca15)

  6. Then they all got on their private planes and flew to a private island in the Caribbean, while their CPAs stayed behind to tell the White House what they wanted in the next “tax reform” bill.

    nk (dbc370)

  7. Single quotes, summation without context, based on anonymous sources in the New York Post. What could be more trustworthy? It’s not like they have an agenda about Trump.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  8. Single quotes, summation without context, based on anonymous sources in the New York Post. What could be more trustworthy? It’s not like they have an agenda about Trump.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  9. The dollar post, rocean, abe’s grandfather was administrator in Korea his father dismt serve in the army much less naval air force

    Narciso (cc42cf)

  10. The New York Post hates Trump? Think again. The Post loves Trump and he loves it back.

    DRJ (15874d)

  11. DRJ is right. The New York Post is Trump’s biggest booster, more so than Fox or the National Enquirer.

    nk (dbc370)

  12. I didn’t know about the half-full fuel tank on the kamikaze planes, but it makes sense. Practical in more ways than one: Why waste the fuel, and “You’re gonna crash anyway, so you might as well do it on an American ship. Banzai, sakura!”

    It might also be the very first thing I’ve learned from Trump.

    nk (dbc370)

  13. The Japanese had fuel shortages so they only filled the tanks with enough to get to the targets.

    DRJ (15874d)

  14. “People say he only smiles when he sees me.”

    That’s the thing. The dude says it with a wink and he is half poking fun at himself. He’s funny. You think the audience didn’t eat it up think again. Just like the hospital staff in El Paso. You think they didn’t love him? people love him. They need an object of adoration and he is it. He has the Clintonesque charm he has the charisma, he works crowds, he works the camera. He’s a beast. he just is. He demands attention and he gets it. There is never any question but that he will get every ounce of attention he wants. Beware 2020. You fools.

    JRH (52aed3)

  15. One more chance to plug Max Hastings’ brilliant ‘Retribution’, where you can learn many things now removed from history classes.

    Not only the madness of the kamikazes but the entire crazy implosion of an entire people.

    harkin (58d012)

  16. JRH types really well with one hand!

    Dustin (6d7686)

  17. 15: that was a good book. But it has little to offer modern history classes where “WWII” is “a study of American atom bombing of Japan, and its domestic incarceration of Japanese in the US.”

    Harcourt Fenton Mudd (0c349e)

  18. I wish you guys would try to learn a little about what you’re talking about. My daughter took and passed APUSH (that’s Advanced Placement United States History) at a public high school, and she knows all about Pearl Harbor, the Rape of Nanking, the “comfort women”, the Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, and other stuff about the Japanese in WWII that you probably don’t know about. I repeat, at a public high school.

    She can also sing Sakura, the kamikaze song, in Japanese. Beautifully. And she has been to Japan. Not every public school student is a potential Trump voter. Some kids go there and actually learn things.

    nk (dbc370)

  19. To understand the kamikaze, you have to understand the samurai, Bushido, the warrior’s code, and the culture of feudal Japan. A good place to start is by reading A Book of Five Rings by Miyamato Musashi. He was the greatest of the samurai.

    It’s hard for us to comprehend war in feudal Japan, but imagine a field on which thousands of samurai are hacking each other up with swords. The samurai worshipped the sword. Tempered steel, folded over and over again then reforged, honed and sharpened. The best was what was called a five-body sword, one that could cut through five bodies. Yeah, the samurai had peasants lie on top of each other to see how many bodies their sword could cut through.

    A samurai sword will cut you in half with a single swipe. So, now imagine a field with thousands of samurai fighting with those kind of swords. Musashi survived four of those wars. Then whn his feudal lord died, he became a ronin and set off on a journey to pursue the way of the sword. He travelled across Japan, challenging the best samurai in each village. Yet he would only use a wooden sword. (Once he used an oar.) Think about that: wood against steel. He defeated 65 opponents, then climbed up a mountain and lived in a cave, where he wrote a book. The five rings are earth, water, air, fire, and void. It’s really a deep introspection on life and war, well worth reading.

    Way back when I was teaching, I gave a copy to one of freshmen college students. I don’t know, for some reason I thought he would be inspired by it. He turned in a paper that compared Musashi’s samurai techniques with the sword to Michael Jordan’s techniques with a basketball! He had ben a basketball player in high school. That’s an A paper to me. This kid got it. He took something completely unrelated, samurai warfare, and applied to what he knew, basketball. It was brilliant, but it just goes to show.

    Young people are smarter than you think; old people are more stupid than you can believe.

    A lot of kamikazes carried ancestral samurai swords on their planes. Suicide missions, that’s the code of the warrior. That’s Bushido.

    Only the few survive and live to tell their tales. Musashi was one.

    Gawain's Ghost (b25cd1)

  20. One more chance to plug Max Hastings’ brilliant ‘Retribution’, where you can learn many things now removed from history classes.

    There are better works on the Pacific War then this tripe by a Left-wing Englishman. His chapter on the Luzon campaign is a disgrace.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  21. We’re extremely fortunate the Japanese only resorted to kamikazes in the fall of 1944, had they done it earlier, say in 1942, things could have gotten dicey.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  22. That sword stuff is pretty much mythology. (As is Musashi, BTW. How many man is Cyrano de Bergerac supposed to have fought all at once one time? 100? Like that.)

    I know about tameshigiri. I’ve done it on rolled mats with my WWII Japanese sword.

    No, samurai did not get peasants to lie one on top of the other so they could cut through them. The cuts were made on the corpses of executed criminals. By a specialist in the art of testing sword blades. With the blade set in a special handle, not the normal one.

    Yes, samurai had the right to behead a peasant who did not show them proper respect, and some used it as a pretext to test their sword and their skill but it was rare, and illegal under the Tokugawas.

    nk (dbc370)

  23. Of his fundraising visit, Trump went on to say, “I love coming to the Hamptons, I know the Hamptons well, everyone here votes for me but they won’t admit it.”

    OK, give the President a bit of credit. This is actually a very funny line.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  24. 20 – totally disagree. The book is illuminating and well-written.

    Here’s a review:

    https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/retribution-by-max-hastings/

    harkin (58d012)

  25. . So, now imagine a field with thousands of samurai fighting with those kind of swords. Musashi survived four of those wars.

    It’s worth noting that samurai normally fought battles in full armor.

    Kishnevi (72bb0b)

  26. Yes, the samurais’ swords were mainly badges of rank, social and military, like the swords of the gentle classes of Europe or the officers’ pistols of modern armies. The Japanese sword (including the point) is designed for the draw cut — Miyamoto Musashi considered Sasaki Kojiro’s Butterfly(?) Cut to be a “weak cut” because it did not incorporate the draw — and the draw cut is worse than useless against armor. It only dulled the blade.

    nk (dbc370)

  27. I wish you guys would try to learn a little about what you’re talking about.

    Dude, you only begin to feel my pain.

    Guess what percentage of bachelors degrees at my university were awarded in:

    Asian-American Studies
    African-American Studies
    Chicano and Latino Studies
    Gender and Sexuality Studies
    Comparative Literature
    Art History

    Must be at least, like, half, right?

    Actually all of those majors together made up less than 1% of the bachelors degrees awarded last year (68 out of 7684).

    But the Trump Luddites are convinced that it’s all we do…

    Dave (1bb933)

  28. Thin-Skin Studies…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  29. Quoting a Commentary review on Max Hastings’ Pacific War Book is like quoting Ladies Home Journal on the Spanish Inquisition.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  30. The real story of the Tokugawa Shognate is how they gave up the gun and went back to the sword.

    Japan had also invaded Korea and would have gone on to China but they stopped. The rulers tried to cut Japan off from the rest of the world, figuring that if they limited contact, they coudl predict
    everybody’s thoughts and stay in control. It was an idea borrowed from the Ming dynasty in China. (China stopped eploration of the est of the world after the 1420s ad destroyed records)

    And it lasted in Japan till Admiral Perry came in 1853. By that time they had forgotten 16th century military technology.

    r=ry

    Sammy Finkelman (324ec1)


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