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Donald Trump on His Reading Habits: 'I Love Book!'

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | March 17, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | March 17, 2017 |

Donald Trump sat down with Tucker Carlson for an interview on Fox News this week, and even with a friendly reporter, Trump could only offer a lot of rambling, incoherent word salad. For instance, his source for the wiretapping claims against President Obama is apparently a NYTimes article that said nothing of the sort and a Fox News anchor, Bret Baier, who said nothing of the sort, but Trump saw the word “wiretap” in quotes, so you know, it’s a really big deal!

“There’s a lot of wiretapping being talked about,” he said in the interview. “I think you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.”

If you watched the Bret Baier and what he was saying and what he was talking about and how he mentioned the word ‘wiretap,’ you would feel very confident that you could mention the name. He mentioned it. And other people have mentioned it,” Trump said. “And don’t forget I say wiretapping, those words were in quotes. That really covers - because wiretapping is pretty old-fashioned stuff - but that really covers surveillance and many other things. And nobody ever talks about the fact that it was in quotes, but that’s a very important thing.”

What the f*ck did the man just say? Anyway, it doesn’t matter. The heads of the Intelligence Committees in both the House and Senate, both Democrat and Republican, has said that there is nothing here, no basis for the claim whatsoever, and basically that Donald Trump should shut the hell up about the wire-tapping claims. All the same, he continues to stand by his assertions. Sean Spicer doubled down yesterday, saying that the Intelligence Committees assertions were not based on “findings,” whatever that means.

Meanwhile, Trump really loves book!

“Well, you know, I love to read. Actually, I’m looking at a book, I’m reading a book, I’m trying to get started. Every time I do about a half a page, I get a phone call that there’s some emergency, this or that. But we’re going to see the home of Andrew Jackson today in Tennessee and I’m reading a book on Andrew Jackson. I love to read. I don’t get to read very much, Tucker, because I’m working very hard on lots of different things, including getting costs down. The costs of our country are out of control. But we have a lot of great things happening, we have a lot of tremendous things happening.”

Mr. President, are you just looking at things in the office and saying that you love them? Do you really love book, or are you just saying it because you saw one?

If you really want to feel despondent today, compare Trump’s response to what he’s reading to Obama’s response to the same question:

We have elected Ralph Wiggum as the President of the United States.


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