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Trump decries “Thighland’s” unfair trade practices

Jack Burton

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Gaffe-prone US President Donald Trump, recently mocked for his mispronunciation of the name of Yosemite National Park as “YO-semite”, has stuck his foot in it again: Finland is obviously for fins, Switzerland for switzers, Iceland for ice and Holland for the nethers. Surely there’s a home for everyone’s favourite part of the leg, between hip and knee? Very stable genius Trump made a compelling case for it today, amazing the world with his unique pronunciation of the Land of Smiles.

At a campaign event which hit the interwebs early this morning, Mr. Trump dropped his unique take on “Thighland” while whinging about one of his pet grievances: perceived unfair trade.

“Foreign competitors … shifting production to Thigh-land,” he said during the speech, before quickly correcting himself in the next sentence and expressing his fondness for its undemocratic leadership. “Thailand and Vietnam, 2 places that I like their leaders very much. … They’re very nice to us … Do they take advantage of the US? Not so much anymore!”

The internet, of course, went wild. American comedian-radio host Ralph Garman tweeted:

“I used to frequent a strip club called “Thighland.” Great happy hour.”

“I love Thigh food,” tweeted Pakistani-American attorney Rabia Chaudry. “Now every Republican will have to say Thighland forever.”

But far-right political provocateur and Christian academic, Dinesh D’Souza suggested that Mr. Trump is the first person to actually get it right…

“I’m highly amused to see supposedly sophisticated media types snickering at @realdonaldtrump for saying ‘Thighland.’ These faux-sophisticates don’t realise Trump’s way of saying it is right. “Tai-land” is the crude lingo of people who have never been to ‘Thighland.’ ”

Sorry Dinesh. You’re wrong.

SOURCE: Coconuts Bangkok

 

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15 Comments

15 Comments

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    William Fiske Miller

    Friday, August 7, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    D’Souza is an idiot. I live in Thailand, and am married to a Thai lady. Not one Thai, pronounced “TIE”, ever says “Thighland”.

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      S2K

      Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 5:10 am

      D’Souza was trying to make a joke, related to all of the brothels in LOS… clearly it went way over both your head and Jack’s head.

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    Perceville Smithers

    Friday, August 7, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Embarrassment.

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      Ron

      Friday, August 7, 2020 at 2:56 pm

      Trump is an embarrassment to the country and and office.

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    Rinky Stingpiece

    Friday, August 7, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Thighland, Toyland, Thailand, why not just go back to calling it Siam?

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    Zeta Ren

    Friday, August 7, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Omfg can he please just shut the hell up already. Seriously we have all had more than enough! Says this young black woman from Wash DC (currently in Thailand 4.5yrs). He’s determined to ruin every American’s life no matter where we are.

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    Jack Mostri

    Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 5:37 am

    When you’re making fun of someone for mispronouncing a word while misspelling a word in the same sentence.

    Mr. Trump dropped his unique take on “Thighland” while WHINGING about one of his pet grievances: perceived unfair trade.

    Maybe we should be focused on more important things going on in the world other than a ridiculous story like this.

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 8:35 am

    Well personally I quite like President Thump.

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    Officer Tatum

    Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 9:19 am

    Well more cherry picking. If you watched his speech at the whirlpool factory you would know that prior to the cherry picked quote you have ‘“Foreign competitors … shifting production to Thigh-land,” ‘ You would know it was in context to removal of jobs from China and moving production to South East Asian countries like Vietnam and Thailand. Is that a bad thing to say? To move production (jobs) from China to other foreign competitors? Anyway its an opinion piece and you will hide behind that aspect to defend your fake “news” Trump 2020!!!

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    Komsant Frederick

    Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 10:23 am

    He’s being sarcastic and truthful. I was a Thai boy living with grand-parents in the countryside during the 60s and 70s. Came back first time on a nuclear attack submarine in 1987 at Patthighya…sex tourism makes money for Thais without education and resources…can you handle the TRUTH??? Smile!!!?

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    lil billy

    Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    I like mickey mouse.

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    Tim

    Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 4:11 am

    Blame it on the Thais for thinking that the spelling and phonetic rules of English don’t apply to them. “Th” is a completely different sound than “T”. Thailand is spelled wrong. For Thais “ph” is not an “f” sound. It’s a “p” sound. They don’t understand that an “h” after certain consonants changes the sound entirely. I don’t blame President Trump at all. He pronounced Thailand the way it’s written.

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    Mike

    Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 4:31 am

    Stupid article, as you stated he quickly corrected himself. You think you can do better Jackass?

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    Mike_H

    Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 5:10 am

    You write like a gossip columnist. Why don’t you drill down and report in more detail the trade practices he’s referring to. I would like to know details but you write like a catty woman.

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    Stan

    Monday, August 10, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Jack,
    Get a life. It’s easy to bash presidents. Try being a good president. Lucky for you, you’re a low budget journalist gaining (probably not) popularity by supposed comedy-journalism.
    So sad. And yes I live in Thighland and love it!! And love the people. Live a little and get the corncob outta your Butte!

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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