Reuters interviewed sociopathic con artist Donald "Rump" Trump yesterday, and, true to form, Rump displayed varying degrees of delusion, dishonesty, and misdirection. Here, with our annotations, are some of Rump's statements:
"Look - that campaign ... I actually always thought I’d win, to be honest with you, because I’ve been winning my whole life, to be honest with you, but we started a campaign as a non-politician, and many people were skeptical." Rump's said repeatedly that he didn't think he'd win, and when he uses the phrase "to be honest with you," it's a tell that he's lying. And if winning is measured in the number of bankruptcies and suits against his fraudulent enterprises, then he's a winner.
“I think many people would have held that meeting [with the Russian lawyer/operative]." This is comparable to him saying that everyone at the G-20 summit was talking about John Podesta. There's no record or evidence of any U.S. political figure showing eagerness to accept intelligence against their opponent from a hostile foreign power. None.
"First question - first 20, 25 minutes - I said [to Putin], ‘Did you do it?’ He said, ‘No, I did not, absolutely not.’ I then asked him a second time, in a totally different way. He said, ‘Absolutely not'.....Look: Something happened and we have to find out what it is, because we can’t allow a thing like that to happen to our election process. So something happened, and we have to find out what it is." Rump is showing his fear of confronting his co-conspirator by meekly asking him if he meddled in the 2016 elections, a question that he surely knows the answer to, as does Putin. The "something happened and we have to find out" has already been answered by our intelligence community often and conclusively, something that he also knows but can't face because of his pathological insecurity.
"The mood in the White House is fantastic. We have done more in five months than practically any president in history." Statements like this are not only laughable, but demonstrably untrue and recall on the "Emperor's New Clothes" fable. The mood in the White (Supremacist) House has been variously described as rancorous, frantic, and under siege. The empty puffery that he used in his real estate business doesn't work in the glare of politics. In addition, every major agenda item of his -- the border wall, the Muslim ban, repealing the Affordable Care Act, infrastructure projects, etc. etc. -- is stalled, before the courts, or imploding. When TrumpCare goes down to defeat later this summer at the hands of his own party, he'll still claim that he's done more than any President in a comparable time frame. Delusional? Dishonest? We say both. Sad!