Idiot of the Week #1 – Katrina Pierson

 

Idiot of the Week medalNow, I think we have all (well, mostly all) agreed that presidential candidate Donald Trump does not speak well.  I think we have agreed that there is no filter between what he thinks and what he says.  Even most articulate candidates, which would include relatively speaking, almost all other candidates, understand the importance of getting one’s message across without making costly blunders and gaffes.  Thus, politicians running for office almost always have spokespersons, people who help clean up the messes they may have inadvertently created, who do media interviews to help promote and clarify the ideas of the candidate.  That said, one can only ask the question:  why in the Sam Heck did Trump select an idiot like Katrina Pierson to be his National Spokesperson???? (As always, my snarky remarks are recognizable)

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Can we say “Botox”?

Allow me to introduce Ms. Katrina Pierson.  Born in Kansas, but now a Texan, she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Texas in Dallas in 2006.  At age 20, she was arrested for shoplifting $168 of clothing from a J.C. Penney store, to which she pleaded ‘no contest’. She voted for Barack Obama in 2008 because she “thought it was pretty awesome … that Barack Obama was a black guy running for that office.” But then she changed her allegiance to the Republican Party, saying “Everything that he [Obama] stood for was in complete opposition to what I felt.” Her two chief complaints about President Obama seemed to be that he did not always wear an American flag lapel pin, and the “whole socialized medicine thing.”  Very serious issues, indeed, Madam Pierson.

 

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McCain is welcomed home by President Richard M. Nixon

At first she was not enamored of the Republican Party because she did not like John McCain (perhaps because he was captured in Vietnam?), but she says she did “kind of like Sarah Palin, who seemed ‘more normal’”Already you see why she is being named this week’s “Idiot of the Week”, yes?  She has said that when she went to her first Tea Party meeting, she felt like she found ‘her people.’ She especially liked their stance against government spending on social programs.  Is it an oxymoron, then, that she received government benefits while working on Ted Cruz’ campaign in 2012?

 

In 2014, she somehow got the notion in her head that she should run against incumbent Pete Sessions for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.  (Please excuse me for a moment while I go get some aspirin for the headache brought on by the thought of a Palin-admirer in the House!)  Ted Cruz was lukewarm in his support of Pierson, however his father, right-wing evangelical preacher Rafael Cruz, enthusiastically backed her.  Needless to say, she lost the primary and took a job as spokesperson for the Tea Party Leadership Fund, which has a somewhat questionable reputation.  According to Matt Mackowiak, a Republican consultant from Texas, “We all have to pay the bills, but for Katrina, there is no principle that she isn’t willing to abandon for the right price.”

circus train.jpgThen along came the Donald Trump Circus Train, and just like any kid, when she saw the circus come to town, she dreamed of joining.  And from this point, I will let Ms. Pierson tell you a bit of her story in her own words:“Islam preys on the weak and uses political correctness as cover. Two things that Americans won’t be concerned with when @realDonaldTrump is in the White House.”

  • “What good does it do to have a good nuclear triad if you’re afraid to use it?” (Please excuse me again while I go for more aspirin, and perhaps some Tums)
  • “When Donald says, ‘I think you’re great, I really want you to work for me,’ I don’t think any sane person would say no to that.” (Apparently I am not sane.  Oh well.)
  • “Cruz would be a good president, but I think right now with all the hyper-partisanship in the country, I think Trump would be the better person to transition out of Obama.”
  • “So what? They’re Muslim!” Upon debating the constitutionality of Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims.

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  • “Maybe I’ll wear a fetus next time & bring awareness to 50 million aborted people that will never get to be on Twitter.” This after being criticized for wearing a necklace made from shotgun shell casings. (Am I the only one who thinks this is beyond even inappropriate?)
  • “Perfect Obama’s dad born in Africa, Mitt Romney’s dad born in Mexico. Any pure breeds left?”
  • “A lot of times, you have to use restructures to preserve jobs. Mr. Trump believes in putting your oxygen mask on first before helping others.” This in defense of Trump’s multiple bankruptcies.
  • “Gay is not normal, accept that.”

 

Which brings us to this week.  As I mentioned in an  earlier post, Mike Pence, in an attempt to clean up the mess made by Mr. Trump last week when he mocked and insulted Khizr and Ghazala Khan, claimed that President Obama and his policies were the cause of the death of the Khan’s son … in Iraq … in 2004 … fully four years before President Obama was elected.  Okay, bad enough, but easily fixed with a retraction and an apology, right?  Wrong.  Enter Trump’s illustrious National Spokesperson, Katrina Pierson.

On Tuesday, Pierson upheld Pence’s statement: “Donald Trump never voted for the Iraq War; Hillary Clinton did,” Pierson argued. “It was under Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton that changed the rules of engagement that probably cost [Khan’s] life.”  Despite the facts above that make it quite clear that President Obama had nothing to do with Khan’s death, Pierson persisted on Wednesday in an interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota and John Berman:

Camerota: “Do you want to apologize to [Humayun Khan’s father, Khizr Khan]?”

Pierson: “Apologize for the timeline. The timeline is very simple and true. Hillary Clinton voted for the war in Iraq. She did not support the surge [after Khan’s death]. Barack Obama made things worse by invading more countries.” 

Camerota: “But this was in 2004 when George W. Bush was president.”

Berman: “You do acknowledge now that there you were just wrong,”

Pierson: “Absolutely. That’s why I used ‘probably’ because I was just going through the timeline. Because since then we have had tens of thousands of soldiers that have been lost. Trump had absolutely nothing to do with it.” *

Camerota: “But no one was blaming Donald Trump for Capt. Khan’s death. You were blaming President Obama. He wasn’t president yet.”

Pierson: “Donald Trump did not vote for that war, period! That’s why this is a ridiculous conversation. Donald Trump had nothing to do with sending troops into Iraq in the first place.”

Pierson: “This father [Khan] apparently has been a strong proponent of Sharia law.”

Camerota: “Katrina, he doesn’t stand for it, he never has stood for it. He carries around the U.S. Constitution. He abides by the Constitution.”

Pierson: “That’s what he said.  I’m just telling you the report and the document that he wrote were put out there for all to see.”

At that point, an audible sigh came from Camerota as the segment ended to cover breaking news about an airplane crash-landing in Dubai.

And so, without further ado, I would be remiss if I did not award the Idiot of the Week award to Ms. Katrina Pierson!  {clap, clap, clap}  I was about halfway through the reading and researching for this article when it came to me that, in addition to being fully qualified for Idiot of the Week, she is also qualified for a second Filosofa’s award:  America’s #3 Bimbo!  Trump sure knows how to pick ‘em, doesn’t he folks?

* Notes:  The death toll from the Iraq war numbers approximately 4,491, significantly less than ‘tens of thousands’; Trump did, initially, support invading Iraq.

22 thoughts on “Idiot of the Week #1 – Katrina Pierson

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  4. I am observer of the election campaign from the outside (from Ireland) and I am struck by the way stupidity, ignorance and bigotry seem to be so intimately combined to form the world view of Trump and his supporters. I find it depressing that the party of Lincoln has been hijacked to such an extent that it can now be fairly said the morons and idiots of America have a party of their own. This thought reminds me that there used to be a joke on this side of the Pond that “Some day the don’t knows will get in and then where will we be?” Well, it looks like it’s about to happen so we could well find out.

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    • First, thanks so much for taking time to read and comment on my blog! I strive to get more readers from outside the U.S., as I think it adds much value to the conversation and broadens my horizons. Second, let us hope that it is not about to happen! I still hold out hope that there are more of us with at least a modicum of common sense in this country and that in November we will prove that. My fear right now is that even if we beat Trump, he will continue to spread hate and cause trouble. Again, welcome and thanks!

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  5. Neither Trump nor his spokesperson know the PR 101 mandate. If you dig yourself a hole, stop digging. My sister-in-law said a few months back (she has altered this view), that Trump may be OK as he can hire good people. I shared with her then and reinforce this now, good people don’t want to work for Trump and he has a hard time finding filling positions, including VP.

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  6. these Trump spokespeople have one purpose…. to twist and manage everthing that happens to, by, or for Donald Trump. The goat—to blame everything that ever happened on President Obama, and by association, Hillary Clinton. I notice that these people are doubling down on their demolition work—did ya see CNN yesterday when Brooke Baldwin had to cut to emergency filler footage in order to SHUT UP her “expert commentators” who would not follow discussion protocol and just ran over on their time to reiterate all of the their Hillary-Hate speech.

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    • No, I didn’t see that one, but that is one thing that annoys the heck out of me … when somebody keeps talking over the interviewer or won’t let another person get a word in. Trump and his minions are notorious for that. Makes me want to get a roll of duct tape for their mouths!

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  7. As soon as I read about her comments today, I was so hoping she’d make idiot of the week.

    Just wish there could be some punishment or something for people like this. Like reading wide or keeping shut when they have no clue what they are talking about.

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  8. I think you impugn the credibility of idiots worldwide by associating them with that asshat, but that’s just my view. LOL!!!

    She’s more like delusional lickspittle than an idiot. An idiot can redeem themselves with a bit of knowledge, but I see no future where she would try to redeem herself. She knows what she’ saying is wrong and stupid, and she still doubles down on it.

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    • Yes, I was just amazed, and not in a good way, at her utter stupidity. It’s one thing to say something stupid … we all do it from time to time … but to keep coming back and saying it over and over, even once you realize it’s stupid? Sheesh.

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      • I used to be amazed at the ignorance that bubbled up during this political season,but I’ve come to realize that it’s only stupid to those of us who are not completely sold on conservative rhetoric.

        If you’ve been believing this stuff for 30 years plus, you’re not going to give up without lashing out with everything you know, or think you know. You’re going to redouble your efforts at proving that you’re right. Otherwise, you have to admit that all you’ve grown to believe is a big, fat heaping pile of wrong. Not to say that either side is always correct, but Trump is the walking embodiment of the modern day conservative rhetoric come to life.

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        • I suppose you are right … most have heard the spiel since they were still in diapers, and it is as deeply ingrained in their belief system as is their religion. So, how do we break that chain??? Wish I had an answer for that one!

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