When John Kerry became the presidential candidate, and then the Secretary of State, it bothered the talk radio and Faux News pundits to no end that Kerry could schmooze comfortably in French. Consider this excerpt from a NY Times column back in 2004:
A recent comment from Commerce Secretary Don Evans that the Massachusetts Democrat is "of a different political stripe and looks French" was only the latest of several jibes, mainly from conservative talk-show hosts and columnists, that have included allusions to "Monsieur Kerry" and "Jean Chéri."Which is why trump beating up on France and Paris is not any surprise to me, and I am sure it appeals well not only to his base but also to those who support trump only because he is a Republican president! trump, with his eyes always on audience ratings, knows all too well that saying no to Paris is a sure thing. Hence, now a "Pittsburgh not Paris" rally to celebrate his pulling out of the climate agreement.
For some months now, the Republican House majority leader, Tom DeLay, has been opening speeches to supporters with an occasional routine. He says hi, then adds: "Or, as John Kerry might say, 'Bonjour.'"
The remark "always brings the house down," said DeLay's spokesman, Stuart Roy, who added that its purpose was to highlight "Mr. Kerry's lack of support for the war on terror and the way he seems to be in agreement with the arguments of the French."
Ironically, the rally will be held at Lafayette Square, which is located directly north of the White House. As Wikipedia informs us:
Lafayette, was a French aristocrat and military officer who fought in the American Revolutionary War. A close friend of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson, Lafayette was a key figure in the French Revolution of 1789 and the July Revolution of 1830.But then it is not as if trump and his adoring fans ever care for facts anyway. The irony is lost on them!
The mayor of Pittsburgh immediately tweeted soon after trump's announcement:
Fact: Hillary Clinton received 80% of the vote in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh stands with the world & will follow Paris Agreement @HillaryClinton https://t.co/cibJyT7MAK— bill peduto (@billpeduto) June 1, 2017
As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future. https://t.co/3znXGTcd8C— bill peduto (@billpeduto) June 1, 2017
Oh well,the facts like who really won Pittsburgh don't matter to these alternative-facts people!
As they say over in Paris, c'est la vie!