Fareed Zakaria just ripped into the President on CNN, charging that Trump “succeeded by bullshitting” and, encouraged by his success, would continue to do so:
“The president is somewhat indifferent to things that are true or false. He’s spent his whole life bullshitting. He’s succeeded by bullshitting. He has gotten the presidency by bullshitting.”
“It’s very hard to tell somebody at that point that bullshit doesn’t work, because look at the results, right? But that’s what he does. He sees something, he doesn’t particularly care if it’s true or not, he just puts it out there. And then he puts something else out.”
Zakaria mirrors most of the American public’s fatigue of Trump’s baseless claims and flat-out lies. He has no problem perpetuating these falsehoods, only to then diffuse responsibility when pressed on the issue.
When asked at a press conference about the now disproven accusation that Obama asked British intelligence to spy on him in Trump Tower, Trump feigned ignorance, saying:
“All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind, who was the one responsible for saying that on television. I didn’t make an opinion on it. That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on FOX.”
He did it again when NBC’s Peter Alexander challenged Trump on the decidedly false claim that he won the presidency with a record Electoral College win:
Trump: “I was given that information, I don’t know. I was just given that information. It was a very, very big margin.”
Alexander: “I guess my question is, why should Americans trust you when you accuse the information they receive of being fake when you’re providing information that–”
Trump: “Well I don’t know, I was given that information. Actually I’ve seen that information around. But it was a very substantial victory, do you agree with that?”
The American people have endured Trump’s “bullshit” for too long. As long as we have people like Zakaria holding Trump accountable, he won’t be able to peddle his lies unchecked for much longer.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.