Let’s be honest here, Donald Trump’s an idiot. The man who once defended the level of his intelligence by saying he knows “the best words,” yet frequently sends out tweets with words that are horribly misspelled (and apparently doesn’t know how to use spellcheck), is a bumbling moron. I’ll give him credit for being a very skilled con man, but a big part of his scam is actually convincing people that he’s an intelligent person.
Well, another thing he is besides a con man and an idiot is a massive conspiracy theorist. Remember, this is someone who spent eight years pushing the racist conspiracy that Barack Obama faked two different forms of his birth certificate.
Now we have his incessant use of the term “fake” when referring to practically any news entity that he doesn’t like. He’s accused the media of lying about the size of his inauguration, covering up terrorist attacks, and even conducting “fake polls” showing most Americans think he’s doing a lousy job. In fact, just the other day he sent out this tweet effectively calling anything negative about him “fake”:
Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017
There’s just one problem for Trump with all of this. According to his own words, Republican-loving Fox News would fall under his category of “fake news.”
When Trump attacked U.S. intelligence agencies for pointing out that Russia was behind the attack against the United States, Fox News’ Shepard Smith called him out for siding with Russia and Julian Assange over our own spies and national security experts.
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace basically called White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus a liar after he continued to insist that Trump’s inauguration crowd was the largest in history.
Even Charles Krauthammer seemed disgusted that Trump more or less put the United States on equal footing with Russia during his interview with Factor host Bill O’Reilly.
Then, let’s talk about polls, shall we? Trump seems to think all negative polls about him are “fake” since he won the election, so let’s take a look at the last one Fox News conducted before his “win”:
- Hillary Clinton: 48%
- Donald Trump: 44%
Their results were on par with pretty much all other polls:
- Bloomberg: Clinton +3
- CBS News: Clinton +4
- ABC/Washington Post: Clinton +4
- Rasmussen Reports (a very right-wing friendly polling company): Clinton +2
For the record, while the polls did have Clinton winning, even though she “lost” — she actually did win the popular vote by 2 percent. These national polls weren’t wrong by much.
So, if every poll is now “fake” that had Trump losing the election, then that would mean any poll Fox News puts out would be “fake,” as well.
This is what’s allowed to happen when you get a pathological liar supported by people who seem unwilling to stop and think for themselves. A man who’s able to yell “FAKE!” like an imbecile, accusing all these networks of “being out to get him,” when there have been a few folks on Fox News — a network he’s never slandered as fictitious news — who’ve called out many of the same lies so-called “fake” media outlets like CNN, NBC News, and The New York Times have.
The truth is what most sane and rational people already know. When Trump whines about “fake news,” all that really means is that someone’s calling out his lies or informing Americans of the truth that he desperately doesn’t want people to believe.