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Trump on Electric Boats & Shark Attacks

June 10, 2024, 11:51 AM CDT
By Steve Benen

At a rally in Nevada, the presumptive GOP nominee told his followers that “they” are pursuing a policy that would mandate boat manufacturers use electric engines. In fact, Trump, who has long demonstrated a habit of sharing the details of conversations that only occurred in his mind, told the local audience that he’d spoken to an official at a boat company in South Carolina, who told him, “It’s a problem, sir. They want us to make all-electric boats.”

The former president added that the South Carolinian, who probably doesn’t exist, went on to tell him, “The problem is the boat is so heavy it can’t float. Also, it can’t go fast because of the weight.” Trump proceeded to share a variety of details about the practical limitations of requiring boat manufacturers to rely exclusively on battery-powered engines.

Before we proceed, let’s note for the record that (a) this conversation probably never happened in reality; and (b) there is no policy in place requiring “all-electric boats.

If we were to stop here, this would simply be a story about Trump telling an unbelievable tall tale about energy policy. Alas, we cannot stop here.

It’s a difficult quote to summarize, so I’ll just go ahead and quote the former president directly:

So I said, ‘Let me ask you a question, and [the guy who makes boats in South Carolina] said, ‘Nobody ever asked this question,’ and it must be because of MIT, my relationship to MIT —very smart. He goes, I say, ‘What would happen if the boat sank from its weight? And you’re in the boat and you have this tremendously powerful battery and the battery is now underwater and there’s a shark that’s approximately 10 yards over there?’”

At this point, Trump apparently decided to pursue this tangent in earnest. “By the way, a lot of shark attacks lately, do you notice that, a lot of sharks?" he asked. "I watched some guys justifying it today. ‘Well, they weren’t really that angry. They bit off the young lady’s leg because of the fact that they were, they were not hungry, but they misunderstood what who she was.’ These people are crazy. He said there’s no problem with sharks. ‘They just didn’t really understand a young woman swimming now.’ It really got decimated and other people do a lot of shark attacks.”

And then he shifted back to his original story:

So I said, so there’s a shark 10 yards away from the boat, 10 yards or here, do I get electrocuted if the boat is sinking? Water goes over the battery, the boat is sinking. Do I stay on top of the boat and get electrocuted, or do I jump over by the shark and not get electrocuted? Because I will tell you, he didn’t know the answer. He said, ‘You know, nobody’s ever asked me that question.” I said, ‘I think it’s a good question.’ I think there’s a lot of electric current coming through that water. But you know what I’d do if there was a shark or you get electrocuted, I’ll take electrocution every single time. I’m not getting near the shark. So we’re going to end that.”

Author Steven King noted last night, “This is like listening to your senile uncle at the dinner table after he has that third drink.”
Zaphod42 · 46-50, M
Meanwhile, just down the road from me are two very popular electric boat rental places. At either place you can rent a Duffy boat, and if you like, hire a captain to pilot it and bring you on a guided tour of the area.

Given the absolute popularity of them, I’m pretty sure floating isn’t an issue, and I rather doubt speed is either 😂
The Americans have avoided doing what is right for centuries.
The ethical imperative to be a socialist, a humanist, certainly doesn't phase them, or their algorithms.
They're free to be pure evil. Nobody can stop them because they're so heavily armed and they own and destroy resources at will.
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RageAgainstTheMachine · 36-40, M
I immensely look forward to the debate. Though, if this is what occurs after the teleprompters fail, he will be advised to not attend. This episode on the "Fall of Donald Trump" puts in perspective his cognitive state. I have never claimed Joseph Biden is 100% clear minded; I do believe he can debate without tangenting to shark attacks.
Northwest · M
When Convicted Felon Trump says "Sir", it means he made up the whole thing. That's been his tell all along. Love the Australian Sky team commentary here. Looks like attendance to his Vegas event was 6,900 people.


@Northwest 🤔 Unhinged? 😵‍💫
RedBaron · M
But none of that matters to his supporters, and it won’t affect the election outcome either way.

I’m afraid you’re just pi$$ing into the wind.
It's like listening to a toddler telling you about an incident at nursery 😂
JimboSaturn · 51-55, M
:P The next President of the United States :P
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JSul3 · 70-79
@Patriot96 Video of your Convicted Felon Orange Messiah's speech in Nevada is all over the internet.

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