Snowflake-in-Chief

New game in town

I was trying to catch some news on TV. There was President Trump. He was saying something. It was remarkable. Truly remarkable:

President Donald Trump on Thursday again denied that he or his campaign colluded with the Russian government’s suspected attempts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.

“Believe me, there’s no collusion,” Trump told reporters in the White House. “Russia is fine, but whether it’s Russia or anybody else, my total priority, believe me, is the United States of America.”

What? What? Donald Trump said, “Believe me?” He did. He really did. But in fact, he has said this before. Lots of times. He has said some other things, besides:

And I’m not going to bore you with the remaining litany of Donald Trump’s falsifications since his inauguration. Daniel Dales’ list  in the Toronto Star has grown since I quit at number 80 on 8 May:

Donald Trump has now said 250 false things as president. Here are all of them

The Star’s running tally of the straight-up lies, exaggerations and deceptions the president of the United States of America has said, so far.

So much for, “Believe me.”

In addition to what President Trump says, of significance is where and when he says it. For example, yesterday he held a joint news conference with Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos, using the opportunity to assuage his bruised feelings:

May 18, 2017 1:32pm PDT

“There was no collusion and everybody – even my enemies – have said, ‘there was no collusion,'” Trump says.

May 18, 2017 1:31pm PDT

“We don’t have health care. Obamacare is a fallacy. It’s gone,” Trump says.

May 18, 2017 1:28pm PDT

“Director Comey was very unpopular with most people,” Trump says.

May 18, 2017 1:28pm PDT

“No. Next question,” Trump says when asked if he pressed former FBI director James Comey to drop the investigation of Michael Flynn.

May 18, 2017 1:21pm PDT

Trump: Believe me, there’s no collusion.

May 18, 2017 1:21pm PDT

Trump: We’ve made tremendous progress in the last 100 days.

May 18, 2017 1:20pm PDT

“The entire thing has been a witch hunt. I think it divides the country,” Trump says of the appointment of a special counsel to head the Russia investigation.

[Emphasis added]

Were I President Santos about then, I would be nervously fidgeting and glancing over at the man standing next to me and mouthing these words. “Is this person  really the President of the United States, and does he have anything more of substance to say right now?”

No.

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