In lieu of an OM Chatter episode, we have for you midweek madness. This substitute episode includes Trump quotes from the joint session of Congress, a French misfire, and war crimes from everyone (according to the UN).
Trump’s Address to Joint Session of Congress
In what is being hailed as ‘Trump 2.0’, the President’s address to Congress earlier this week included no jabs at the “lying” mainstream media outlets, no comments about celebrities, and kept warmongering to a minimum, demonstrating once again that if the bar is set low enough, anyone can make it over. Critics have correctly pointed out that his ability to read from a teleprompter for just over an hour makes his alternate facts and the associated policies no less dangerous, and many have mused that his more conciliatory tone has less to do with uniting the country and more to do with his horrible ratings. And here we all thought those were fake. Trump also managed to maintain his standard level of vagueness when talking about many of the policies that are most concerning for the average Americans he has claimed to be working for including healthcare and the wall. Here are some of our favourite quotes:
“With the help of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, we have formed a Council with our neighbors in Canada to help ensure that women entrepreneurs have access to the networks, markets and capital they need to start a business and live out their financial dreams.”
“We have seen the attacks in France, in Belgium, in Germany and all over the world.”
“America has spent approximately six trillion dollars in the Middle East, all this while our infrastructure at home is crumbling. With this six trillion dollars we could have rebuilt our country — twice. And maybe even three times if we had people who had the ability to negotiate.”
“Education is the civil rights issue of our time.”
French Sharpshooter Misfires During Presidential Speech
News coming out of France took a turn away from the presidential race when two people were injured during a speech by President Hollande. In a blunder of epic proportions, a French Sharpshooter accidentally discharged his weapon during the speech in an apparent accident. Reports say that the gun’s safety was disengaged leading to the accident. During the speech, you can hear gunfire and President Hollande remarked that he “[hoped] it was nothing serious,” which is a fairly mild and measured response. Hollande later visited the injured in a hospital and a formal investigation has been launched. When asked if this was an accident the officer said, “yes, without a doubt.”
War Crimes Committed by All Sides Says UN on Aleppo
A UN Commission of Inquiry released on Wednesday has concluded that war crimes were committed by both Syrian/allied Russian forces and rebel forces. Among other things, the report accuses pro-Assad forces of repeatedly using chemical weapons, cluster munitions, systematically destroying hospitals, and deliberately targeting a permitted aid convoy which killed 20 civilians and aid workers last year. Opposition, or rebel, forces were condemned for shelling government-held areas indiscriminately, preventing civilians from fleeing east Aleppo, attacking a Kurdish neighbourhood, and using human shields. Russia used its UN veto this week for the seventh time, preventing UN Security Council sanctions on Syria over chemical weapons use throughout the war.