Dana Milbank: What Trump Could Learn from Sumo Wrestlers.

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Dana Milbank suggests drumpf learn something from shokkiri tournaments during which Sumo wrestler deliberately employ illegal moves…for training purposes.

Bur Maybe he already has…

Washington Post

“President Trump watched a sumo competition while visiting Japan, and — who knew? — he seemed to enjoy seeing corpulent men applauded for shoving others off the stage with brute force.

From his seat, beside the Japanese prime minister, it must have looked as though sumo, with its throwing, tripping and slapping, is a no-holds-barred endeavor, much like the Trump presidency.

But this is unfair to sumo. Sumo has a strict code of rules, in which the champion employs one of 82 kimarite, or winning moves. Use of illegal moves (kinjite) such as grabbing an opponent’s topknot or groin, or striking with a closed fist, brings disgrace on the fighter and, at the top level, national scandal.

To teach young wrestlers to avoid kinjite, the Japanese hold shokkiri – staged sumo matches in which the contestants poke eyes, pull hair, give wedgies and perform other fouls, all to comic effect.”

Milbank then lists the many Trump gaffs made while in Japan, including insulting his host, PM Abe, by shrugging off his trepidation about North Korea’s recent aggressive missile launches and mud wrestling his his “war maniac” NSA John Bolton….o.k. even a blind squirrles finds a nut now and then…

Milbank concludes with a hopeful if questionable statement:

“It’s too bad Trump didn’t pay closer attention during his visit to the sumo tournament. For then he might have learned that even the world’s most powerful men are losers if they don’t play by the rules.”

I don’t know, Dana, trump has been at this shokkiri stuff for a long time and no one’s held him to account Yet.

And, apart from NY’s AG, it’s increasingly lookin’ like no one will…

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