In the grand scheme of things, this is not healthcare, it’s not tax reform, it’s not an assault on the rights of women, POC, or the LBGTQ community, but it still matters. It still matters when the President lies, and it still matters when he tries to make his predecessor look like the lazy, unfeeling, unsympathetic jackass that Donald Trump is himself.
To wit: President Trump has made no public mention of four special-forces soldiers killed in Niger 12 days ago. That matters. He was finally called on it today during a press conference, and here’s the answer he gave:
Trump on soldiers killed in Niger: "President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn't make calls … I call when it's appropriate." pic.twitter.com/sgj5iEuDhz— Axios (@axios) October 16, 2017
Listen: That’s a really shitty thing to say. It’s also a lie, and an appalling one, at that:
Trump: "If you look at Pres Obama +other presidents, most of them didn't make calls. A lot of them didn't make calls." Obama aide weighs in: https://t.co/tkcn9opUOe— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) October 16, 2017
that's a fucking lie. to say president obama (or past presidents) didn't call the family members of soldiers KIA - he's a deranged animal.— Alyssa Mastromonaco (@AlyssaMastro44) October 16, 2017
Trump was called on that lie in real time at the press conference, and sort of backtracked.
Trump is called on his lie about Obama not calling families of soldiers. "I don't know if he did," Trump says. "…probably did sometimes."— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 16, 2017
And then he lied again, and said that generals told him that lie.
"I was told that Obama didn't often," Trump said when pressed on this. Implies that generals told him that https://t.co/Y8aWr5RLNk— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) October 16, 2017
That’s a fucked-up lie. It’s double fucked-up that he would lay the blame for that lie on his own military leaders.
What the hell is wrong with this man?