It’s nothing new to see a story concerning something Donald Trump has said that wasn’t remotely true or accurate. If there’s one thing his campaign has been largely based on (aside from the bigotry, racism and fascism), it’s been lying to his supporters unlike any other presidential candidate most of us have ever witnessed. It’s not just that he lies (all politicians lie), it’s that he seems to make up whatever the heck he wants, often saying things that aren’t based on even a shred of truth.
Then in those rare instances where he says something that might contain an ounce of truth (or is at least based on something real), he still manages to concoct some sort of ridiculous lie because he’s usually too incompetent to actually know what he’s talking about.
Take for instance comments he made on Thursday where he claimed to have watched a “secret video” showing the U.S. government handing over $400 million to the Iranians.
“You know why the tape was given to us? Because they want to embarrass our country,” Trump said. “They want to embarrass our country. They want to embarrass our president. Because we have a president who’s incompetent. They want to embarrass our president.”
First let me point out that this $400 million wasn’t “ransom,” it was money an international tribunal ruled the United States owed to the Iranian government dating back over 30 years ago. While the optics are bad, that doesn’t change the reality of what this money is.
Furthermore, there’s no “secret tape” from Iran. What Trump saw was footage aired on Fox News — not from Iran, but from Geneva showing American prisoners being released.
Well, in a rare moment, the Trump campaign basically admitted that he lied, telling ABC News that the candidate never saw any “top-secret” footage of money changing hands — even though that’s exactly what he had been telling people at his rallies. Trump himself also sent out a tweet this morning admitting he was wrong about the video.
This is what I mean about something he said containing a minor shred of truth (there was a video), but because he’s so incredibly incompetent, he had no idea what he was watching had nothing to do with that $400 million nor was it a “top-secret video” released by the Iranian government to “embarrass” the United States. This goes back to his comments about 9/11 when he said he saw “thousands and thousands” of Muslims celebrating in the streets of New Jersey, a statement that was clearly based upon video from Palestine that was aired heavily in the news during that time.
When it comes to that ridiculous lie, Trump still refuses to admit that he made that up.
While I’m shocked his campaign admitted that Trump was more or less making this story up based on lies and his own incompetence (they didn’t say those words, but that’s more or less what happened here), the damage is done. His words are out there, his supporters believe everything he says.
Even if time after time, reality shows us that almost nothing Donald Trump say is remotely true.
Watch his comments below via CNN:
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