“And we’re building a wall on the border of New Mexico and we’re building a wall in Colorado, we’re building a beautiful wall, a big one that really works that you can’t get over, you can’t get under and we’re building a wall in Texas. We’re not building a wall in Kansas but they get the benefit of the walls we just mentioned.”
“(Kiddingly) We’re building a Wall in Colorado’ (then stated, ‘we’re not building a Wall in Kansas but they get the benefit of the Wall we’re building on the Border’) referred to people in the very packed auditorium, from Colorado & Kansas, getting the benefit of the Border Wall!.”
OK, let’s break this down — step by step.
1. Trump said that he was building a wall in Colorado.
2. He then said, in a tweet, that he was kidding.
3. He also said, in that tweet, that he mentioned Colorado and Kansas because there were people in the audience from those states.
And now for some facts.
3. This was a speech in Pittsburgh. Is it possible that Trump either had met or just knew that there were people in the audience from Colorado and Kansas? I suppose — but that still doesn’t explain why Trump would say a border wall was being built in Colorado, right? Unless Trump not only met someone from Colorado in the crowd and that person told Trump of a desire for a wall in Colorado. Which seems, uh, unlikely.
But because this is Trump, he is incapable of just saying “yeah, I made a verbal slip. Big whoop.” And so, he makes a ridiculous excuse — I was kidding! There were people in the audience from Colorado! — that turns what is a small story into a much bigger story.
WHAT? It seemed then — and seems now — that Trump meant to type “coverage” — as in “negative press coverage” — and just flubbed it. No big deal! People, and this President especially, make lots of typos on Twitter! But, no, because Trump simply cannot be wrong or admit an error — no matter how small! — we had to listen to Spicer tell us that “the President and a small group of people know exactly what he meant.”
Give me a break!
This is, of course, totally ridiculous. But it speaks to a broader truth about Trump and the way in which he runs his administration. If the boss can never be wrong — even when it is a dumb mistake that is totally understandable and totally fixable — and the mechanisms of government are bent to make this impossible reality “true,” you get Colorado’s border wall and “covfefe.”
Which, well, ugh.