The Joke Police is serious business and this alleged funny joke by the orange man is bloody honk fraud, pure and simple.
When blaring truck horns intruded on President Donald Trump’s Friday speech in the White House Rose Garden about the search for a coronavirus vaccine, Trump claimed that this was the sound of a pro-Trump protest.
“And you hear that outside, that beautiful sound — those are truckers that are with us all the way. They are protesting in favor of President Trump, as opposed to against,” Trump said. “There’s hundreds of trucks out there, and that’s the sign of love. Not the sign of your typical protest. So I want to thank our great truckers. They like me and I like them.”
At another Rose Garden speech later in the day, Trump said, “Those are friendly truckers. They’re on our side. It’s almost a celebration, in a way.”
Trump had made a similar claim about the protesters in an interview he taped Wednesday with Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo. When Trump asked Bartiromo if she knew what the sound in the background was, she correctly said, “Trucking protesters, right?” Trump responded, “Well, they’re not protesters. They’re supporters of me.”
Facts First: All three of Trump’s claims were false. The truckers who have lined streets near the White House since May 1 are indeed protesters, not people holding any kind of celebration — and they are protesting a variety of issues affecting their jobs, not protesting in favor of Trump. In fact, one of their complaints is about what they say is lax federal enforcement of a regulation requiring more transparency from freight brokers.
Some things you just don’t joke about. Honks are one of those things.
The sooner Donald Trump learns that, the better off we’ll all be.
Until then, I sure am thankful that we have CNN to explain to us that these jokes are not using accurate facts.
In the spirit of facts, I just want to come clean with all of you:
Facts First: The chicken didn’t ever cross the road. He stayed over there near the fence eating bugs this whole time.
Facts First: Your mother is significantly overweight, but some of those things I accused her of are physically impossible.
Facts First: Bob is not your uncle. He’s my uncle.
The last one is more of a phrase than a joke, but still: it’s not true. Bob is not your uncle. So we shouldn’t go around saying things like that. It’s just not right.
Facts matter, and facts come first. Otherwise, we’re no better than Donald Trump.