Trump’s ‘Chosen One’ remark unleashes derision and consternation

Trump’s ‘Chosen One’ remark unleashes derision and consternation August 23, 2019

IF YOU had been visiting Uranus, or were trapped in a cellar  without radio or TV, you may well have missed the furore that erupted in the US media and on social platforms after Donald Trump declared on Thursday that he was “The Chosen One”. This is how Occupy Democrats reacted on Facebook.

Fact-checker Snopes, which can’t distinguish fake news from satire, appears to have been inundated with queries as to whether Trump actually intimated that he was “The King of Israel” and the “Second Coming of God” – and that he’s some kind of messiah.

Snopes concluded:

We know that certain Christians in the United States and beyond have professed a fringe belief in Trump as a Christ-like or messianic figure. It’s even possible, theoretically, that Trump himself might harbor similar suspicions of his own destiny. But the series of statements he made on Aug. 21, 2019, did not constitute evidence of any such belief on his part.

The president did say “I am the chosen one,” but he made the remark as an aside, combining it with a theatrical glance towards the heavens, while making a broader point about his engaging in a supposedly overdue trade war with China. The context, along with Trump’s penchant for flippant and tongue-in-cheek asides, makes it highly unlikely he was choosing that moment to earnestly articulate some sincere belief in his own messianic destiny.

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In a series of tweets, Trump quoted a controversial conspiracy theorist, Root, who had lavished praise upon the president, professing that Jewish people in Israel so admired Trump that it was as though he was the “King of Israel” or “the second coming of God.”

But Root (as he later confirmed) was using exaggerated language as part of a simile. He was not making the factual claim that Israeli Jews literally believe that Trump is the King of Israel, or the second coming of Christ (the latter of which claims would make no sense for theological reasons, anyway.)

So the widely promulgated claim that Trump, simply by quoting Root’s remarks, was in effect declaring himself to be the King of Israel or the second coming of Christ, was inaccurate by a considerable distance. Trump did not even quote someone who professed that belief, and the person he did quote was not even claiming that others held that belief.

Thank you Snopes. So we can now rest easy, knowing that there’s nothing wrong with the Orange One’s mental state.

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  • WallofSleep

    “The Chosen One” is a trope in CRPGs, referencing the protagonist (the player character) who comes from humble beginnings to save the world from an emerging, powerful, destructive force of some kind. Fallout 2 hams it up by having your character literally called “The Chosen One” by the tribal shaman early in the game.

    IOW, Trump thinks he’s playing a game that has no real consequences. Many of his voters are finding out the opposite: https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china-soybeans/on-the-front-lines-trade-war-sinks-north-dakota-soybean-farmers-idUKKCN1VC0ZX

    Here’s to hoping these Trump supporters learn their lesson, and learn to love their own children more than they hate immigrant children.

  • Jim Jones

    H L Mencken’s 1926 prediction has come true in spades.

    https://www.tvovermind.com/donald-trump-predicted-president-1926-h-l-mencken/

  • WallofSleep

    I’ve not read it, but now I have motivation to do so. Have a link handy?

  • Jim Jones

    Added.

  • WallofSleep

    Thanks!

  • Being the chosen one isn’t always a good thing…

    https://youtu.be/8H5S_BIQeKk

  • WallofSleep

    A mediocre ARPG made passable by a heavy dose of humor.

    For some reason this salesman’s practiced patter cracked me up the most…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMA7DrjBLgQ

    I’ve not played the more recent iteration, Bard’s Tale IV, but I’m given to understand it’s far more in keeping with the originals from the 80’s

  • It’s one of my favorite games.

  • WallofSleep

    I wouldn’t say it’s one of my favs, but the humor in it certainly made it memorable. It also didn’t hurt to have the Dread Pirate Roberts voice the protagonist.

  • I haven’t been to Uranus, or trapped in a cellar without TV or radio, but I hadn’t heard this particular piece of fake news. I want to complain about the click-bait headline that caused me to waste my time reading a story that informed me of rumours and not-promptly-enough eventually got round to debunking the same rumours. What was the point of that?

    It’s not as though President Trump doesn’t say plenty of outrageous things in real life for those with nothing else more important to do to write about every few days, without people like that resorting to writing up false rumours of outrageous things the president hasn’t actually said, or which have been misinterpreted out of context.

  • Keith Taylor

    Wayne Allyn Root is a conspiracy theorist and fruitcake of the most unpleasant kind, like fireman-turned-prophet Mark Taylor. Both of them are charlatans, too. But Root and Taylor both push the idea that Trump was appointed by God to save America. They push it unequivocally and hard. They push the line that to oppose him is to oppose God and court destruction through divine wrath. Root’s crazy statements are often quoted on Gateway Pundit, with approval.
    For President Trump to retweet anything Root said, posted or tweeted, is a bad sign.
    Not that there have ever been any good ones from Trump’s direction.

  • G.S.K. herzak

    Is there some law that says that white conservatives must always support the most racist, bigoted and fascistic candidate? From worshipping a flawed Jesus to corrupt politicians, they always go stupid!

  • argyranthemum

    Since you’re in the UK and don’t have quite as steady a diet of outrageous things the Orange Menace says, it may surprise us to learn that many of us aren’t as convinced as Snopes is that either Root or Trump meant this as anything less than factual. As Keith Taylor notes downthread, Root claims that Trump “was appointed by God to save America.” Trump hears it every day — it’s not a surprise that he might actually believe it.

  • Cozmo the Magician

    too funny.. (orig comment got eated by censorbot)

  • Cozmo the Magician

    I never played that one… does look like has plenty of humor.

  • barriejohn

    He now wants to “nuke” hurricanes! Couldn’t he just build a wall?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-49471093

  • barriejohn

    A lot of it is borrowed from Biblical “prophecy”, though other religions have similar ideas, obviously. Americans are swallowing ideas like those of Jonathan Cahn, and it’s quite frightening, especially with relation to the powder keg of the Middle East. Sid Roth gives every one of his guests the same overblown introduction, btw, and I posted a previous interview where Cahn talks to him about the “Jubilee” and world events. The comments here and the reaction of the gullible audience show just what we are up against!

    https://youtu.be/08YooW_ZsVk

  • WallofSleep

    Oy! He was giving me Jack Van Impe vibes right off the bat.