Trump Whining About Wine is Much Ado About Nothing
Whatever suits Trump’s myopic illusion gets tweeted out and is then repeated. Facts be damned — it’s a sure-fire hit to blast the French, who make easy targets for his beer-chugging, pork-rind chomping, tobacco-chewing base.
President Trump’s day has started off badly.
It began with an early morning Twitter attack on France and French President Emmanuel Macron. Just days after Trump humiliated himself and embarrassed the United States in front of the world at the international commemorative remembrance of World War I dead by skipping out the high-profile event due to rain (92-year-old Queen Elizabeth somehow made the journey), the most famous victim of bone spurs in history returned to Washington, and in an astonishing display of arrogance even for him dodged yet another Veterans Day gathering, this time at hallowed Arlington National Cemetary, about a 5-minute car ride from the White House. In his defense, it was raining again.
Eager to distance himself from yet another firestorm of controversy at home, and quell murmurs within veterans organizations, the Commander-in-Chief who purportedly supports the troops and veterans, Trump pivoted away from scandal and in desperation returned to his favorite punching bag — the French.
When cornered — attack.
Upon the first sip, Trump’s tweet seems reasonable to those who might be unfamiliar with the wine trade. However, he’s not fooling me nor anyone else who’s up to speed on how wine is produced, marketed, and sold internationally. Instantly, we recognize the tweet for the intended distraction that it is. It’s smoke and mirrors and a line of bullshit from a huckster with no clue about wine and tariffs.
See, drinking wine does produce benefits — knowledge about wine.
Fact is, the European Union — a cooperative of 28 nations which includes France (please Mr. Trump — Google “European Union”) — is in charge of setting tariffs for the continent, and it levies very modest tariffs on import taxes, about the same as American charges on incoming alcohol-infused products from Europe. It’s not France that determines tariffs — it’s the E.U.
Trump doesn’t know this, or he knows this and simply doesn’t care. Whatever suits Trump’s myopic illusion gets tweeted out and is then repeated. Facts be damned — it’s a sure-fire hit to blast the French, who make easy targets for his beer-chugging, pork-rind chomping, tobacco-chewing base.
Why doesn’t someone on his staff stop him? Why doesn’t an economic or trade adviser say, “Excuse me Mr. President, but it’s not France that determines tariffs, and the tariffs on American wines are about the same as what we charge.”
A President blind and deaf to facts.
A typical 750ml bottle of wine from the United States faces tariffs at the French border ranging between 11 and 29 cents, according to the European Commission. It doesn’t impact the cost of wine much, especially on more expensive bottles. California wines do sell in France and are widely popular throughout Europe, but Americans certainly buy far more French wine. The United States being five times as large in population might have something to do with the disparity.
The wine wars might seem trivial in the grand scheme of far more pressing matters. But, it’s President Trump who brought this up. It’s Trump, personally, himself — not some aid, not a staffer — as he does almost daily, who manufactures a controversy out of thin air that simply doesn’t exist. It’s Trump who invents his own reality.
Trump’s erratic, often factless tweets have become a window into the lifeless and twisted tanker of nothingness he is — a rambling, incoherent, twitter troll of incendiary ignorance. As is so often the case, he has absolutely no idea what he’s talking about. Trump’s latest whine about wine is certainly much ado about nothing.
Too bad it didn’t rain in the French vineyards. Trump might have skipped this occasion, as well.