I’m sure there’s a name for this kind of empty grandstanding, but my vocabulary is limited and my patience for Googling has been tested of late.
Claiming in hindsight that one could have, or more boastfully would have, excelled in some particular event or occasion if one so desired is one of the many fatiguing tendences of our President-Elect.
- He would have prevented 9/11 if he were President.
- Mr. and Mrs. Khan, with whom he chose to publicly battle, wouldn’t have lost their son at war if he had been President. That’s the thing I mean.
His latest boast is that had he wanted to, he would have won the popular vote in the 2016 Presidential Election. To illustrate how infuriatingly asinine this is, allow me to turn the casino tables on Mr. Trump.
My casinos would never have gone bankrupt.
You will see immediately how empty this boast is. I have nothing to back it up, nor do I need anything. It’s just a bold assertion on my part of something no one can prove or disprove. Let’s try again:
I would have easily beaten Mr. Trump in the GOP Primary race for President if I’d chosen to run.
Nice boast no? Ridiculous, but how can one say I wouldn’t have won handily? I just chose not to. One of my favorite quotes from the late Christopher Hitchens may as well be the tagline for every statement uttered by The Celebrity Apprentice President:
What can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.