White House photos of Trump "working" in hospital show him writing own name on blank piece of paper

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2020/10/04/white-house-photos-of-trump-working-in-hospital-show-him-writing-own-name-on-blank-piece-of-paper.html

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A closer look at the props

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He wouldn’t read what’s on the paper anyway.

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Can’t someone hand him a paper stating his resignation? It has to be binding even if he didn’t read it before signing.

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How else is Radar going to get Hawkeye his three day pass?

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Hey, each to his own ability

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Missing a callout for the most obvious prop of them all. “OK sir, and now one with the jacket on so it contrasts against those cabinets. Can we get wardrobe in here? No, the navy one. Straighten that pin, please. OK, sir, now try to pretend you’re reading. No, a more constipated face. That’s it, hold it, in 3-2-1… click

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I don’t see how this is any different than what he usually does during a day at work… oh I know - no golfing!

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Worst reality TV ever.

More like Weekend at Donny’s.

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He does appear rather less than robust, doesn’t he? The lack of makeup is glaringly obvious, at least to me.

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This doesn’t reveal new info – we already know photo ops are staged, and that Turmp’s medical status falls somewhere within the bracket of “hospitalised” – but it is a delicious vignette of the systemic, drooling incompetence that has always pervaded the whole shitshow.

If any other national politician were doing this PR exercise, they would have a staff that knew to look at photos before giving them to the press. And if the brief for the shoot was “look like you’re working”, someone in the room would have an idea what that actually looks like. Even just regular people could come up with a picture of what that looks like. Maybe sitting in an easy chair reading a document, talking on a phone, that kind of thing. This tells me Turmp just has a child’s picture that Important People sit behind desks, and he’s hazy on details beyond that.

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You know what would have been an inspiration and actually help the country? Him, wearing a mask, talking to a doctor or staffer 6 feet away also wearing a mask.

“See? if the POTUS can do it, so can you! Wear a mask, and more people won’t end up like me!”

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Would it be unethical to smuggle one of those papers out of the hospital and type a resignation letter above his signature? Yes.

Illegal? Probably.

A good idea?

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Well, even most illiterate people can write their own name…

(Obviously I don’t really go in for the conspiracy theories that he is illiterate. He does tweet prodigiously after all. Though I wouldn’t be surprised if he was mentally unable to take in longer, complex texts, such as intelligence briefings or policy documents)

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He does still remember it though. Oxygen is a helluva drug.

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“It works for Clark Kent, sir.”

“That fake news hack at the Bugle?”

Not clinically illiterate, just functionally illiterate.

“ Functional illiteracy means that a person cannot use reading, writing, and calculation skills for his/her own and the community’s development.”

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October surprise - trump just lost the election.

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Because of some poorly staged photos?

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Bingo.

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no, because of some poorly staged pandemic policy and behavior that landed him in the hospital a few weeks before the election highlighting how wrong and incompetent he has been, and that he is in fact responsible for 200,000 deaths. And some photos.

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