"Of course I'm being sarcastic..."
-- Candidate for President of the United States Donald Trump, after publicly encouraging Russians (..."intelligence" agencies?) to track down (or 'hack') Hillary Clinton's deleted emails.
A definition of 'sarcasm':
the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really want to say especially in order to insult someone, to show irritation, or to be funny
("Sarcasm." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 28 July 2016.)
..."He was joking around. If he tells you I'm joking, you take him at his word." -- Attributed to Trump cheerleader Rudy Giuliani.
So, we have a candidate for the highest elected office in the land who -- without offering sufficient elaboration or context -- apparently enjoys popping-off the 'sarcasm'. No matter how irresponsible.
Who knows? When (political) reality means that nightmare-future-President Trump cannot fulfill the myriad of far-fetched "promises"↓ (..by himself)......Might it all be excused - by him - as just "being sarcastic"?
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A couple quick, imagined scenarios involving the oh-so-sarcastic 'comedian-in-chief Trump':
'President Sarcasm', via the secure computer-link 'hotline': "Vladimir, you knucklehead!
...I hope we're able to find the 30,000 Russians that have gone missing in recent years under your regime. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by your corrupt oligarchs."
"Vladimir Putin": *transmission terminated*
(....A few moments later, ↓patched-in to the Oval Office:)
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'President Sarcasm', via Korean emissary Dennis Rodman: "Chairman Kim, you loser!
...I hope we're able to find the 30,000 North Koreans that have gone missing in recent weeks under your regime. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by your sycophants."
"Kim Jong-un": *emissary terminated*
(....A few moments later, ↓patched-in to what's left of the Oval Office:)
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