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If you love the smell of napalm in the morning, there’s a good chance you know more about “Apocalypse Now” than Donald Trump. Not that there’s anything so terrible about only being vaguely familiar with Francis Ford Coppola’s classic Vietnam drama, but the Daily Beast reports that, during a meeting with actual Vietnam veterans last year, Trump asked whether Agent Orange was “that stuff from that movie” and derailed the meeting with his inaccurate recollection.
Those present eventually realized that “Apocalypse Now” was the movie in question and that Trump was misremembering Robert Duvall’s famous line as “I love the smell of Agent Orange in the morning”: “Trump refused to accept that he was mistaken and proceeded to say things like, ‘no, I think it’s that stuff from that movie.'”
If you doubt the veracity of this story, consider how easy it is to imagine that Trump — the commander-in-chief of the most powerful military force ever assembled in human history — would only know Agent Orange as “that stuff from that movie.” It continues:
“He then went around the room polling attendees about if it was, in fact, napalm or Agent Orange in the famous scene from ‘that movie,’ as the gathering — organized to focus on important, sometimes life-or-death issues for veterans — descended into a pointless debate over Apocalypse Now that the president simply would not concede, despite all the available evidence.”
“The president simply would not concede, despite all the available evidence” sounds like an accurate summation of the last 18 months. Read the full story here.