Month: December 2017

Trump Truths

Everyone knows that DT lies constantly. It’s exhausting to track all his falsehoods, as the Washington Post is doing. But less well known, and more interesting, are the rare cases when he says something verifiably true. This page will be updated periodically to keep you posted on Trump Truths.

2005:

“… You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”

Billy Bush: “Whatever you want.”

Trump: “Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”

December 20, 2015:

American polling shows Russian President Vladimir Putin has “an 80 percent approval rating.”

July 21, 2016:

“An amendment, pushed by Lyndon Johnson many years ago, threatens religious institutions with a loss of their tax-exempt status if they openly advocate their political views.” Comment: Fortunately, the enacted tax law left this in place, although enforcement will no doubt continue to be lax.

Sept. 29, 2017:

Puerto Rico, “is an island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water.”

Dec. 22, 2017:

“At some point, and for the good of the country, I predict we will start working with the Democrats in a Bipartisan fashion. Infrastructure would be a perfect place to start. After having foolishly spent $7 trillion in the Middle East, it is time to start rebuilding our country!” Comment: This would be nice, but after the Republicans have just punched a $1.5 Trillion hole in the budget it’s hard to see where the money for this will come from.

Dec. 23, 2017:

“You all just got a lot richer,” Trump told his wealthy friends at Mar-a-Lago, after he signed the tax bill.

Jan. 1, 2018:

“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help.” Comment: Basically true! Except there’s every reason to think that the same compelling circumstances will cause DT to back off his trenchant tweet: We need Pakistani ports and transport routes to supply NATO troops in Afghanistan. Foreign Policy, 1/3/18.

March 27, 2018:

Bonus Truth from Ann Coulter, author, in happier times, of In Trump We Trust:

“I knew he was a shallow, lazy ignoramus, and I didn’t care.”

April 1, 2018 (but not, alas, an April Fool’s joke):

“Also, I want to thank the White House Historical Association and all of the people that work so hard with Melania, with everybody, to keep this incredible house or building, or whatever you want to call it — because there really is no name for it; it is special — and we keep it in tip-top shape.  We call it sometimes tippy-top shape.” Comment: So yes, this one is mixed. There is a name for the White House. But I’m awarding a Trump Truth for the claim that it is being kept in “tippy-top shape.” Pop Quiz: Is this a mentally well person?

May 23, 2018 (report of conversation “earlier in the year”):

[In response to Lesley Stahl’s question as to why he continually attacks the media.] “You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so when you write negative stories about me, no one will believe you.”

July 3, 2018:

I can’t find a true-ish quote, since his rhetoric is filled with misconceptions and bullying. But I’m scoring him a “Trump Truth” for pointing out (like the past few Presidents), that our NATO allies are not living up to their defense commitments, and in fact are taking a free ride on America’s military power. This was understandable back when the U.S. was a reliable ally, but under D.T. Europe could be left effectively defenseless against the next Russian land grab(s).

July 11, 2018:

U.S. President Donald Trump launched a sharp public attack on Germany on Wednesday for supporting a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal with Russia, saying Berlin had become “a captive to Russia”… Comment: The actual quote is kind of a mess, munging together mercantilist ideas of trade with a ham-handed attempt to drive a wedge between Germany and other NATO members, but this particular point, that Russia is using gas pipelines to make Europe fatally dependent on it for energy, is, imho, basically true.

August 5, 2018:

“This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere. I did not know about it.” Comment: Ok, the “totally legal” part is doubtful, since getting any help from foreigners with a U.S. election is illegal. Did it go anywhwere? Did DT know about it? Also remain to be seen. But the part about seeking information on an opponent ranks as a Trump Truth, even though it contradicts his son’s prior statements.

September 11, 2018:

Trump delivers Oval office update on Hurricane Florence: “It’s tremendously big and tremendously wet. Tremendous amounts of water.” A Trump Truth!

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