Yesterday, our pathological-liar-in-chief sat down with TIME magazine for an interview focused on the truth and Trump’s fondness for telling outrageous falsehoods.
The cover of this issue will be all black with “IS TRUTH DEAD?” spelled out in harsh red letters. Trump did his best to prove that under his administration, the truth is definitely dead, as he casually went and said at least fourteen outright lies while being interviewed about telling the truth.
Once again, Trump took the opportunity of a public interview to remind us all that he is unhinged, bordering on deranged, incapable of focusing on a single thought long enough to complete it while immediately jumping ahead to the next way he will congratulate himself for being a genius.
Brexit, I was totally right about that. You were over there I think, when I predicted that, right, the day before. Brussels, I said, Brussels is not Brussels. I mean many other things, the election’s rigged against Bernie Sanders. We have a lot of things.
None of these things have anything to do with each other. In fact, Trump was not “right” about Brexit; the day before, he actually said “I don’t think anybody should listen to me because I haven’t really focused on it very much.”
On the subject of his Breitbart-inspired “wiretap” accusations against President Obama, Trump refused to back away and instead doubled-down once again, somehow explaining that because it was “in quotes” that it was…different…somehow?
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. 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.
I have articles saying it happened. Here, headline, for the front page of the New York Times, “Wiretapped data used in inquiry of Trump aides.” That’s a headline. Now they then dropped that headline, I never saw this until this morning. They then dropped that headline, and they used another headline without the word wiretap, but they did mean wiretap. Wiretapped data used in inquiry. Then changed after that, they probably didn’t like it. And they changed the title. They took the wiretap word out.
When pressed upon the distinction that President Obama didn’t actually order any of those wiretaps and that his campaign was caught communicating with the targets of FISA warrants because they were foreign agents, Trump just said:
“Look. I predicted a lot of things that took a little of bit of time…. Who knows what it is? You know, why, because somebody says incidental. Nunes is going to the White House.
He is referring, of course, to the bizarre press conference held yesterday by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) in which he announced that members of the Trump team were “incidentally” monitored by the FBI. Even though Nunes clearly said that it had nothing to do with President Obama, Trump is refusing to recognize that.
When presented with the correct information, Trump still insists on picking and choosing to back up whatever twisted version of the truth exists in his own brain.
Trump was then asked about if he was worried about his credibility in light of the Wall Street Journal‘s latest op-ed in which he was referred to as a “drunk clutching a gin bottle” and whether or not he had credibility with the intelligence community after publicly berating them about leaks to the press, and his answer fails entirely to answer the question:
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. Hey look, in the mean time, I guess, I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president, and you’re not. You know. Say hello to everybody OK?
Here, we see Trump contradicting himself in the same sentence, his obsessive need for self-praise winning out over the need for his false narrative about the state of the nation he inherited to remain consistent.
These are not the words of a man who is qualified or capable of leading a global superpower. These are the words of a doddering old man whose mental faculties are rapidly degrading and is in a state of permanent intoxication due to an excess of egotistic self-obsession.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.