While visiting the Coast Guard in Riviera Beach, Florida for Thanksgiving, our Commander-in-Chief once again put his ignorance on full display with his shamelessly ignorant description of the Air Force’s new F-35 fighter jet.
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) November 23, 2017
“The Navy, I can tell you, we’re ordering ships, with the Air Force I can tell you we’re ordering a lot of planes, in particular the F-35 fighter jet, which is like almost like an invisible fighter. I was asking the Air Force guys, I said, how good is this plane? They said, well, sir, you can’t see it. I said but in a fight. You know, in a fight, like I watch on the movies. The fight, they’re fighting. How good is this? They say, well, it wins every time because the enemy cannot see it. Even if it’s right next to them, it can’t see it. I said that helps. That’s a good thing.”
Notwithstanding the fact that Trump conflated the Coast Guard, Navy, and Air Force, whether he actually thinks that the United States Air Force has commissioned an invisible plane or has a very tenuous understanding of the word “invisible,” the President’s depiction of the aircraft reads more like a 16-year-old than the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armed Forces.
Of course, he didn’t stop there. Trump went on to congratulate himself for the state of an economy that has been growing for 104 months. Eleven of those months belong to Trump; 93 belong to his predecessor, Barack Obama.
“The stock market on Friday hit the all-time high. The highest it’s ever been, ever. In your whole long life, the stock market is higher than it’s ever been. And that means your 401(k)s and all the things you have. You know whether it’s, even if you’re in the military. You have a country that’s starting to turn. We want to have a strong country.”
Had Trump truly been so interested in the military, perhaps he wouldn’t have sought five deferments to draft the Vietnam War. Now, however, the President has resorted to simply gloating about invisible airplanes in the sky.