On Saturday night, as news broke that terrorists had placed multiple bombs in New York City, one of which exploded, injuring nearly 30 people, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump reacted. Trump reacted approximately 30 minutes after the bomb went off, stating, “a bomb went off in New York.”
This prompted consternation from the collected media, as well as Hillary Clinton, who said, “I think it’s important to know the facts about any incident like this. I think it’s also wiser to wait until you have information before making conclusions, because we are just in the beginning stages of trying to determine what happened.” Of course, in the same media scrum, Hillary said that she had been briefed “about the bombings in New York and New Jersey and the attack in Minnesota.” Oops.
Hillary looked half-dead while talking to the media, too:
Hillary Clinton, on her campaign plane, responds to explosion in NYC pic.twitter.com/4tfyUE2vNc— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) September 18, 2016
Meanwhile, Trump had jumped on Twitter, where he fired off these unrelated tweets over the past 24 hours:
.@CNN just doesn't get it, and that's why their ratings are so low - and getting worse. Boring anti-Trump panelists, mostly losers in life!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2016
Wacky @NYTimesDowd, who hardly knows me, makes up things that I never said for her boring interviews and column. A neurotic dope!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2016
The failing @nytimes has gone nuts that Crooked Hillary is doing so badly. They are willing to say anything, has become a laughingstock rag!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2016
My lawyers want to sue the failing @nytimes so badly for irresponsible intent. I said no (for now), but they are watching. Really disgusting— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2016
Never met but never liked dopey Robert Gates. Look at the mess the U.S. is in. Always speaks badly of his many bosses, including Obama.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2016
Somebody take that man’s Twitter password away.
One of the great ironies of the 2016 race is the fact that early on, it appeared that Trump’s strategy was media ubiquity, while Hillary sought to disappear entirely from the stage, allowing Trump to blow himself up. Now, Trump desperately needs to avoid live scenarios, instead opting for pre-scripted appearances and pre-scheduled tweets – and Hillary has the burden of looking alive. Right now, Trump seems better able to achieve discipline than Hillary the verisimilitude of life.