Wednesday, June 15, 2022

the last book I ever read (This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America's Future, excerpt ten)

from This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America's Future by Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns:

There was no indication at Mar-a-Lago that Trump was sharpening a set of political arguments or policy promises to fuel his return to the presidency. His worldview was as vague and primal as ever. Mere days after calling for a boycott of Coca-Cola products because of the company’s support for voting rights, Trump sipped a Diet Coke that a waitress broughT to him unbidden. Despite all his tough rhetoric about China, he was delighted to show off the room where he had served chocolate cake to Xi Jinping, and he appeared unfamiliar with one of the most basic and urgent political questions about the Asian superpower.

Asked whether he believed China was committing genocide in Xinjiang, Trump betrayed no sense that he knew what Xinjiang was or that the Chinese regime had been carrying out a barbaric campaign of ethnic cleansing against Uyghur Muslims there.

“Where?” Trump asked. “I’d rather not say at this moment, but I will let you know, maybe before your book.”

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