It’s amazing what a new President can accomplish during the first four weeks in office. So many lies, so little time. I’m posting one each day, and I’m not about to catch up. Danial Dale with the Washington bureau of The Star compiled the list. I’m posting them in chronological order. Here’s number 5:
5. Jan. 21, 2017 — Speech at Central Intelligence Agency headquarters
The claim: “So a reporter for Time magazine — and I have been on their cover, like, 14 or 15 times. I think we have the all-time record in the history of Time Magazine. Like, if Tom Brady is on the cover, it’s one time, because he won the Super Bowl or something, right? I’ve been on for 15 times this year. I don’t think that’s a record, Mike, that can ever be broken. Do you agree with that?”
In fact: Trump’s numbers are well off. He has been on the cover 11 times, Time told Politico, which is not even close to a record: Richard Nixon was on 55 covers. Even if we generously give Trump a pass here — he said he was on covers “like” 14 or 15 times, and he wasn’t sure if he had a record — [his] claim about this year is flat wrong. Trump was on eight covers in 2016 and another one on the 2017 week he was speaking here — so either eight or nine total, depending on how you count, not 15.
How does this problem with accuracy work out for a person who is supposed to be the commander in chief? “Admiral Fitzwater, the Russians are attacking the north coast of Africa. We have 15 attack subs in the area. Send 11 of them into the Mediterranean and send the remaining eight into the Red Sea to cut off their escape.” That’s going to help me sleep tonight.
This is five so far, but we are into the second day of the Trump presidency. It’s progress of some sort.
Wait. Wait! Did anybody but me notice the leader of the free world is standing up in front of critical intelligence staff at the CIA and bragging (albeit falsely) about how often he’s been on the cover of Time?
Keep reading And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.