In the course of an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump was quoted as saying, “I have a good relationship with” the North Korean President. Slightly strange thing to say, but no big deal, right? Wrong. According to Trump, very big deal.
Trump claimed he had said “I’d,” not “I.” Very big deal? No.
“The Wall Street Journal stated falsely that I said to them “I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un” (of N. Korea). Obviously I didn’t say that,” the president wrote on Twitter. “I said “I’d have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un,” a big difference. Fortunately we now record conversations with reporters…”
He added: “…and they knew exactly what I said and mean t. They just wanted a story. FAKE NEWS!”
The Journal stood behind its story.
Late Saturday night, the newspaper released audio from their interview with the president, which it claims proves that the president said “I” and not “I’d.” Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/14/trump-wall-street-journal-fake-news-340222
I listened to the recording and it sure sounds like he said “I” not “I’d.”
Any other President would either have let the whole thing slide or simply issued a clarification. But not Trump. Because Trump is never wrong. He never misspeaks. As tweep D2Zen said,
45 lied about the WaPo comment. “The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their most essential command… if all others accepted the lie, if all records told the same tale, then the lie passed into history & became truth.” 1984 by George Orwell. https://twitter.com/D2Zen/status/952569759396188162
This is truly Orwellian behavior.
Of all the sycophants who came to Trump’s rescue, none performed better than Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who posted the following lurid tweet:
She even posted this audio supposedly in support of Trump’s claim:
Here is the official audio showing WSJ misquoting @POTUS https://twitter.com/PressSec/status/952405070955544576/video/1
The King can do no wrong.
We are now on the third day of the Great Shithole Denial Tour. He now has a full retinue following behind.
If Trump says “shithole countries,” his people have to go on TV and pretend they weren’t paying attention when he was speaking and so don’t remember what he said, as Kristjen Nielsen had to do:
DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen was in the room, but says can’t recall whether Trump made “shithole countries” remark https://twitter.com/axios/status/952551370107883520/video/1.
This is not a bug but a feature of the Trump Presidency. Trump is not happy unless he can involve as many others in his lies as possible. This is what he did to Sean Spicer who, as Michael Wolff explains, was once a decent human being.
Or as Josh Jordan put it,
The price that must be paid to remain loyal to Trump is to go on national TV and pretend you’re so bad at your job that you weren’t even paying attention when Trump said ‘sh*thole countries.’ He either said it or he didn’t, but Nielsen wants to pretend there’s a third option. https://twitter.com/axios/status/952551370107883520. https://twitter.com/NumbersMuncher/status/952558518443405313
Today’s Orwellian message seems to be “I am not a racist.”
Who are you going to believe, Trump, or your lying ears?