It’s been a big year so far for Trumpian blunders. Most of them, however, stemmed from his utterly transparent effort to cover up the findings in the Mueller report, using his hand-picked Attorney General to go out and make implausible statements after statements, each time making things worse for himself and for the Trump administration.
But probably the most entertaining screwup this year was when Trump tried to dole out advice that he was already proven notoriously bad on.
Shortly after a massive fire broke out in the 12th century Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, Donald Trump was on hand to provide some very astute advice as to how to combat the blaze, tweeting that the French should consider using water, and that they should probably hurry:
So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
Despite his unflappable sense that he thinks up things that nobody else could possibly have thought of, since he’s, you know… the smartest guy in the world… Trump really wasn’t actually thinking on this one. If he had been, French authorities might not have had to completely humiliate him in public with a pretty simple explanation as to why his idea was idiotic.
In fact, the French Sécurité Civile actually trolled the President pretty overtly over his tweet, referencing it specifically:
All means are being used, except for water-bombing aircrafts which, if used, could lead to the collapse of the entire structure of the cathedral.”
Hundreds of firemen of the Paris Fire Brigade are doing everything they can to bring the terrible #NotreDame fire under control. All means are being used, except for water-bombing aircrafts which, if used, could lead to the collapse of the entire structure of the cathedral.
— Sécurité Civile Fr (@SecCivileFrance) April 15, 2019
If Trump knew even the first thing about the 855-year-old cathedral, he might have guessed that you wouldn’t drop literal tons of water on it if it wasn’t on fire, because that would completely destroy it, as it would almost any structure. Generally dropping water from the air is reserved for forest fires and for structures whose integrity isn’t under efforts to preserve.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Trump has been publicly corrected by foreign officials — or even the first time that such a correction has involved fire. Last year, Trump was humiliated by Finnish President Sauli Niinistö after he claimed that Finland’s leader had told him they prevent fires by “raking” their forests.
Perhaps Trump should consider just shutting up about fires.
Featured image is a screen capture.