Trump is visiting a class in an elementary school where they are talking about words and meanings. The teacher asks Trump if he would like to lead the class in a discussion of the word “tragedy”.
So he asks the class for an example of a tragedy. One little boy stands up and offers, “if my best friend who lives on a farm is playing in a field and a runaway tractor comes along and knocks him dead, that’d be a tragedy.”
“WRONG!” touts Mr. Trump, “That would, okay, it’s not a tragedy, right? It would be a loss – great loss. Huge.”
A little girl raises her hand: “if a school bus carrying 50 children drove over a cliff, killing everyone inside, that would be a tragedy.”
“NO!” exclaimed the president. “No tragedy! That’s an accident, okay? Bad accident, terrible accident – one of the worst accidents, but no tragedy. Accident.”
The room goes silent. Trump searches the room. “So none of you can give me an example of a tragedy? Sad!“
Finally at the back of the room, little Johnny raises his hand. In a quiet voice he says, “If Air Force One, carrying you was struck by a missile and blown to smithereens; that would be a tragedy.”
“Fantastic!” exclaimed Mr. Trump. “That’s right! That’s a tragedy, folks, see? Such a tragedy – just the worst. So bad. It’s a very bad tragedy. Tell me why.”
“Well’, said little Johnny, “because it sure as hell wouldn’t be a great loss and probably wouldn’t be an accident either.”
Little Johnny was then forcibly separated from his parents before his entire family was deported.