There is, as usual, a lot to unpack from Trump’s latest speech, this one being at a summit put on by the right-wing Turning Point USA. But aside from claiming Article 2 of the U.S. Constitution lets him do whatever he wants as President and threatening to ban all Guatemalan people from the country, there was one hilarious moment where it really seemed like he forgot Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s full name and tried to play it off like it happened to someone else.
I don’t think that Trump even knows Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s name. But beyond that this is flat-out disrespectful. pic.twitter.com/IYyEDXClHd
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 23, 2019
In this bizarre video clip, the actual President of the United States attempts to imitate some mystery individual in the mocking manner of a 10-year-old child who apparently tried to correct him on his insistence on calling Rep. Ocasio-Cortez “Cortez.”
The congresswoman has already explained that it is disrespectful to leave out an entire chunk of her name for convenience, but as time goes on, it seems increasingly likely that Trump either can’t remember or can’t pronounce her entire name.
“‘Sir, her name is Alexandria,'” Trump says in a weird voice, making a weird face that definitely won’t be spread around the internet as an accurate representation of the President. “And the guy couldn’t figure our her second name, it was so funny. I’m being interviewed by one, ‘sir, her name is Alexandria, um, wait a minute, wait a minute, sir.’ He never got it out.”
Did that happen to someone else, Mr. President, or was that you?
Trump then moved on to trashing Hillary Clinton after claiming Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s name is simply too long for him to say without ever getting out the word “Ocasio.” The extra three syllables is just too much for a man who smashed the record for most golf and vacation days as a sitting President.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has not yet responded to this latest insult, but she may be too busy fighting against the mass incarceration of refugees in concentration camps. Those of us with less important jobs are here to pick up the slack, however.
Why does every man think he is good at standup comedy https://t.co/UYqPJS1IHl
— anjali (@WorthAGoogle_) July 23, 2019
He's pretending someone else didn't know her name, but the one who doesn't know is him! https://t.co/nYdIu1DpK2
— ???????? Coco Pazzo ???????? (@CocoPazzo) July 23, 2019
What an ass. Just a classless embarrassment to the country. https://t.co/psSaA7GU7p
— JusLovey (@AgapeLoveAllDay) July 23, 2019
v cool & normal to see the president's standup routine borrowing from my fmr coworker's rant about why everyone should have one syllable names like theirs. great stuff, this is the America we expect everyone to love unconditionally https://t.co/4l842yOZKe
— 12' Home Depot turkey skeleton (@_robt) July 23, 2019
It's not just disrespectful, it's racist. This happens to people of color with """ethnic""" and """difficult""" names all the fucking time. A white person (employer, teacher, coworker) decides that they can't be bothered to learn/say their name. It's about control and degradation https://t.co/m8xtJcWzJt
— Echeveria ????️???? ???? (@midwestbisexual) July 23, 2019
For anyone else, this would be a new low, but for Trump it’s just a new medium.