Either one of the stupidest pranks in history took place last week__or a miracle.
In case you missed it, a lawyer’s pants burst into flames in a Miami courtroom while defending a client on arson charges. No, that’s not a joke. The lawyer, Stephen Gutierrez, claims that a faulty battery in an e-cigarette in his pocket suddenly exploded. Gutierrez denies deliberately setting it off to prove his case that his client’s car could have“spontaneously combusted.”
Hmm, sounds a little fishy. But what if he’s telling the truth?
Then this moves from a classic “Flori-duh” tale to the greatest story ever told__undeniable proof of the existence of God. Imagine if this is a trial run from heaven?
Wouldn’t it be a wonderful world if every time a lawyer, or unfaithful partner, or yes, politician lied, their pants burst into flames? Do you see where I’m going with this?
Just a few days before Gutierrez ignited, about 90 miles up the road, President Donald Trump was furiously tweeting from his Mar-a-Lago retreat. Without offering a shred of proof, Trump claimed that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. After a series of rapid-fire accusations, he suddenly stopped. Did his pajamas spontaneously combust?
Were these tweets aimed to deflect attention from reports that members of Trump’s team held covert meetings with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign?
Is Trump blithely flinging pants-on-fire style fibs about everything from “millions of illegal voters” to the media deliberately underestimating the size of his Inauguration crowd to make us cynical of all news sources, lumping fringe sites with legitimate, established media sources as “fake news?”
Trusting our president is vital for democracy. If we suddenly were to attack North Korea, or Iran, some will wonder if it’s for legitimate purposes, or a more sinister deflection.
As evidence that members of the Trump campaign secretly met with Russia officials during our election process continues to be revealed, a special prosecutor seems likely to be called in. And it’s quite likely Trump himself will be required to testify.
If so, I’ve got the perfect lawyer for him. Gutierrez’ burns were superficial, and he’s ready to go!