If you haven’t had a chance to watch Donald Trump’s Thursday press conference, please try to find the time for it if you can. I know it’s difficult to stomach listening to him, but this was a dumpster fire worth watching. One quote in particular stood out to me:
“The leaks are absolutely real; the news is fake.”
What he seemed to be implying is that there are people leaking information, but what they’re saying isn’t real.
Okay, fair enough. One question though: If what they’re leaking isn’t real, then why is he calling it “illegal”?
If someone shares supposed classified information, that’s not “illegal” in the sense that Trump’s implying. Because, after all, it’s “fake,” right?
Furthermore, if the leaks are real, then how can the media be making up “fake news”? It’s not “fake” if there are people from in and around his administration leaking misleading, inaccurate, or blatant lies to the media.
So, how can the leaks be real, but media be “fake” for reporting what the real leaks (Trump’s own words) are telling them?
That doesn’t remotely make sense.
The media reports what it finds credible. While mistakes happen, most credible media entities aren’t going to run with a story unless the sources they’re using are proven to be credible and reliable. These folks don’t get a random tip from some anonymous person they know nothing about, then run with that story.
As the saying goes: That’s not how it works, that’s not how any of this works.
The truth is, if none of this information were true, then Trump wouldn’t be obsessing about it as much as he is. Donald Trump is unhinged and unstable — but he’s predictable. When he’s terrified of people believing information that’s true, he obsesses about trying to undermine those reporting on it.
Instead of providing actual evidence for anything he says, he just says it — then accuses others of being liars, making up “fake news.”
For example, he went on a rant about how he has no financial ties to Russia. Clearly if he does he’s never going to publicly admit that, but he can prove that he doesn’t by very simply releasing his tax returns. That’s something he’s yet to do and has shown no signs that he ever will. Meaning that when it comes to legitimate questions tens of millions of people have concerning possible ties to Russia that could compromise him as president, we’re supposed to simply take the word of a man who refuses to provide the actual evidence to support his claim.
Politics aside, some of the tell-tale signs of a con man are someone who tells you that they’re the only one you can trust, while making excuses for providing any evidence to back up whatever they’re claiming. Two things Trump frequently does.
There were plenty of ridiculous things Trump said during his press conference, but this one sentence was a perfect representation of his minuscule intelligence. I’m sure he thinks it made sense, and his supporters ate it right up, but it actually counters the propaganda he’s been pushing about “fake news” and “illegal leaks.”
Because if the leaks aren’t real, then the vast majority of what’s been reported by the media isn’t “illegal” since the information wasn’t true. And the media can’t be “fake” for reporting on “real illegal leaks” from his administration, if people working with and around him are the ones leaking things to the press.
Clearly, Donald Trump is too stupid to grasp any of that.
Watch his comment below via MSNBC:
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