Sunday, December 8, 2019

If Trump can't spell NATO, how can he handle longer concepts like LITERACY and NUMERACY

One has to wonder whether Trump skipped elementary school. He has more than one literacy challenge.

New Yorker Satirist Andy Borowitz reports that NATO Leaders Challenge Trump to Spell NATO

LONDON (The Borowitz Report) — This year’s summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization began on a discordant note, on Tuesday, after the other twenty-eight nato leaders challenged Donald Trump to spell nato.

At a preliminary gathering of the leaders, Trump demanded that the other member nations increase their cash contributions to the alliance, prompting Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, to issue the unexpected and unwelcome spelling challenge.

“We’ll be happy to give more to nato, Mr. President, if you can spell nato,” she said, drawing raucous applause from the other leaders.

Handing Trump a pencil and a yellow legal pad, Merkel watched as he struggled to spell the word correctly, crumpling page after page in the effort.

After several failed attempts, Trump finally offered up a drawing of several stick figures standing in a row and asked for “partial credit.”

When the other nato leaders rejected his request by a 28–0 voice vote, Trump stormed out of the room, vowing never to return.

In a joint communiqué, the nato leaders said that they were looking forward to spending the rest of the summit watching the impeachment hearings.

Trump is also numerically challenged, reports Scribers’ Usually Unreliable Sources. When pushed to make clear his claim about something quantitative, he resorts to qualitative descriptors like “the biggest number”. Multiple examples are in this YouTube video.

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