During his first two months as President, Donald Trump has repeatedly demonstrated what can only be called a flexible relationship with the truth. He makes bogus claims—from accusations of illegal wiretapping and crowd sizes, to voter fraud and electoral margins of victory—whenever the mood strikes him, and if they happen to fit his narrative, hey, even better.
In a remarkable interview with the President, Time magazine decided to explore his penchant for stating falsehoods, one that’s already taken its toll on the American people. But instead of trying to set the record straight, the President made more misstatements, showed a complete lack of critical thinking skills, and came off as pretty delusional, making it even harder to reconcile the fact that this man is actually POTUS. Below, some lowlights.
He’s still fixated on crowd sizes. “The country believes me. Hey, I went to Kentucky two nights ago, we had 25,000 people in a massive basketball arena. There wasn’t a seat, they had to send away people. I went to Tennessee four nights ago. We had a packed house, they had to send away thousands of people. You saw that, right. Did you see that?”
He blames Obama for everything. “But I inherited a mess, I inherited a mess in so many ways. I inherited a mess in the Middle East, and a mess with North Korea, I inherited a mess with jobs, despite the statistics, you know, my statistics are even better, but they are not the real statistics because you have millions of people that can’t get a job, ok. And I inherited a mess on trade. I mean we have many, you can go up and down the ladder. But that’s the story.”
He has trouble completing full sentences. “Well should be, because that’s where the whole, who would think that you are speaking to the head of Mexico, the head of Australia, or General Flynn, who was, they are not supposed to release that. That is the most confidential stuff. Classified. That’s classified. You go to prison when you release stuff like that. And who would release that?”
He’s still lying about Sweden. “Sweden. I make the statement, everyone goes crazy. The next day they have a massive riot, and death, and problems. … A day later they had a horrible, horrible riot in Sweden, and you saw what happened.” He still thinks he was wiretapped. Now remember this. “When I said wiretapping, it was in quotes. Because a wiretapping is, you know today it is different than wire tapping. It is just a good description. But wiretapping was in quotes. What I’m talking about is surveillance. And today, [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Devin Nunes just had a news conference. Now probably got obliterated by what’s happened in London. But just had a news conference, and here it is one of those things. The other one, election, I said we are going to win, we won. And many other things. And I think this is going to be very interesting.”
Um, holy hell. “And then TIME magazine, which treats me horribly, but obviously I sell, I assume this is going to be a cover too, have I set the record? I guess, right? Covers, nobody’s had more covers.”