a subject. During a visit to a U.S. Marine base, Selina is going down
the line and shaking hands with marines while Gary follows behind
her whispering information about each marine in her ear as is their
routine. As she reaches one marine, Gary informs her that he is a
mortarman, or a soldier who operates a firing device. Selina blankly
smiles at the Marine and says, “Oh, a mortarman. That means
there’s mortar-you than meets the eye.” In her speech during her
short time as Commander-in-Chief after the president resigns, her
team has technical difficulties with the teleprompter, and Selina is
forced to improvise, which is not her greatest strength. She begins
to dance around policy statements with meaningless metaphors
comparing the future to a train and asking Americans to “meet me
at the station.” Once the teleprompter is fixed, her team celebrates
only to realize that the revised speech still has the previous
president’s spending plan in it. Selina begins to read the speech
word for word an allusion to Melania Trump’s plagiarized speech
delivered at the Republican National Convention.
Donald, too, stumbled over his words when NBC’s Chuck
Todd asked him who inspired him in terms of foreign policy.
Donald replied, “Well, I really watch the shows. You really see a
lot of great, you know, when you watch your show and all of the
other shows, and you have the generals and you have certain
people that you like” before going on to name former United
Nations Ambassador John Bolton and Jack Jacobs, a retired
colonel in the United States Army (who claimed he had hardly
spoken with the candidate). It is hard to say which among his slip-
ups is the worst. Some might argue his mistake of referring to 9/11
as 7-eleven is the worst, but perhaps calling Iraq the “Harvard for
terrorism” when he praised Saddam Hussein for killing terrorists
“so good” is worse. Even when Donald admits his absurdity, he
ends up looking even more ridiculous. For instance, the time he
was asked about the endorsement from the Ku Klux Klan, he
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