“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” — George Orwell in his book 1984.
President Trump is fulfilling the dystopian prophecy of George Orwell not only with his massive deception over major political issues — “NO OBSTRUCTION, NO COLLUSION,” “Mexico will pay for the wall,” very fine people on both sides” — but also over things that are relatively minor in the grand scheme of the world.
Take, for example, the president’s tweet this morning weighing in on the controversy over his insult towards Meghan Markle, the American-born bi-racial actress who married Britain’s Prince Harry to become the Duchess of Sussex and part of the U.K.’s royal family.
In a major breach of diplomatic protocol, President Trump called the Duchess “nasty” after being informed that she had called him “misogynistic” and “divisive” and voted for his rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
After provoking such an international diplomatic row with his off the cuff comments to Rupert Murdoch’s leading British tabloid The Sun, Trump attempted to quell the furor over his remarks in his typical fashion by simply denying that he ever said any such thing and attributing the entire story to the “Fake News Media.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2019
Describing the media as “caught cold” and demanding an apology from the American news outlets that reported on the story published by a newspaper with the same owners as Fox News, Trump is betting that the vast majority of his followers will just take him at his word and won’t bother to do the research to investigate whether his claims of innocence are actually true.
Unfortunately for President Trump, his disavowals are easily disproven, as he seemed to forget that his conversation with the journalist was actually being recorded and that he can clearly be heard saying the very word that he denies uttering in his tweet.
The exact words Trump uses when told of the Duchess’ prior comments about him were “What can I say? No, I didn’t know that she was nasty” as can be heard in the excerpt from his interview in the video attached to the tweet below.
Fake News CNN is at it again, falsely claiming President Trump called Meghan Markle "nasty." Here is what he actually said. Listen for yourself! pic.twitter.com/kLuPXBLMhf
— Official Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) June 1, 2019
Apparently, even the people managing the Official Trump War Room Twitter account — the #TeamTrump 2020 campaign — didn’t actually bother listening to the audio in the clip that they attached, nor did they bother reading the subtitles so conveniently superimposed on the video, since they clearly transcribe the president’s insult for anyone who might have trouble hearing him.
Yes, the president is right in one regard. It’s doubtful that CNN and The New York Times will apologize for reporting the news accurately.
Perhaps children in the not so distant future will learn about President Trump in their history classes alongside the story of George Washington and his famous “I cannot tell a lie” legend. Trump will be presented as a cautionary tale, a man who became known for transforming Washington’s credo into “I cannot NOT tell a lie.”
Shameless, stupid, or insane? No matter which combination of these traits is Trump’s excuse for trying to pass off such a bald-faced lie to his gullible followers, it just serves to prove how woefully inadequate he is for the job of President of the United States and how imperative it is that he be removed from that office as soon as possible.
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