Thinking a steelworker's father was dead became Trump's most cringe-worthy moment of the week

Another week, another cringey Trump moment

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In any given week, President Donald Trump may have a dozen cringe-worthy moments. But an awkward encounter on Thursday afternoon with a steelworker may have taken this week’s cake. 

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Yes, in a week that included a lawsuit by an adult film actress over their alleged affair, a former aide blabbing all over television, and a report that he skirted obstruction of justice, it was this interaction with a steelworker after he authorized his controversial tariffs that may be the most awkward moment of Trump’s week. 

Yes, Trump told United Steelworkers Union Local 227 President Scott Sarge that his dead father was looking down on him proudly to which Sarge replied that his father is very much alive. 


To Trump’s credit — and I mean that as someone who has said plenty of stupid things in my own right — he recovered quickly with a response that helped diffuse any awkward tension. Still, it would have been better to not assume his father was dead?

Of course, Trump is still in power so, really, the joke’s on us, I guess.


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