Posted by: coastcontact | August 12, 2016

Loose Lips Sink Ships

Loose lips sink ships is an American English idiom meaning “beware of unguarded talk”.

Quite arguably one of the most famous and effective propaganda posters, “Loose Lips Might Sink Ships” links sharing war secrets with the loss of American life and attacks on the Navy. This slogan, created by the War Advertising Council, quite literally meant that citizens should avoid talking about ship movements, destinations and deployments because that information could easily be intercepted by the enemy at a grave cost. This propaganda poster is a prime example of how a simple, clear and memorable slogan can convey the severity of an issue and influence public behavior.

In an interview Donald Trump did with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday morning, in which Hewitt attempted multiple times to get Trump to say he was being metaphorical or hyperbolic, Trump repeatedly refused — and insisted he really meant Obama was a founder of ISIS.

Hewitt prodded Trump, suggesting the GOP nominee meant that Obama “created the vacuum, he lost the peace,” and was not to be taken literally. But Trump objected.

“No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do. He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give her, too, by the way, Hillary Clinton,” Trump said.

Hewitt tried again, saying: “But he’s not sympathetic to them. He hates them. He’s trying to kill them.”

“I don’t care,” Trump replied. “He was the founder. His, the way he got out of Iraq was that that was the founding of ISIS, okay?”

Today, Friday, Trump attempted to walk back tweeting “”Ratings challenged @CNN reports so seriously that I call President Obama (and Clinton) “the founder” of ISIS, & MVP. THEY DON’T GET SARCASM?”

Did Hewitt take Trump’s words as sarcasm? I don’t think so. Hewitt is a very serious guy. He made every effort to obtain a clarification from Trump.

As president would he be threatening sanctions, tariff imposition, or war and then say “Oh, I was joking” or “That was sarcasm. I really didn’t mean what I said.”

You want this man as commander-in-chief of the United States?

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