Trump “Never Kids,” So We Can Always Trust That What He Says Is Real

When can we believe Trump? That’s been the million-dollar question for two years. A journalist finally asked it Monday. Unfortunately, the record shows that we can’t even trust that answer. Or Trump.

Can you say affirmatively that whenever the president says something, we can trust it to be real?

During the March 13 daily press conference, NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander pressed the issue of whether and when we can believe the President.

“I guess the question is when can we trust the president, when he says something is phony or when he says it’s real?” Or, “in simple terms is, when he says something, can we trust that it’s real? Or should we assume that it’s phony?”

“Trust that it’s real!” Spicer replied.

Alexander then asked about Trump continually disparaging job numbers as phony during former President Obama’s administration, while lauding the same reports as true under his own. After Spicer dodged the issue further, Alexander responded “The bottom line is the question is still not answered. Can you say affirmatively that whenever the president says something, we can trust it to be real?”

Spicer snapped back, “If he’s not joking!”

But Trump never jokes

Speaking at a joint meeting of the Major County Sheriffs’ Association and Major Cities Chiefs Association on Feb. 8, Trump insisted his border wall would be built, adding, “A lot of people say, oh, oh, Trump was only kidding with the wall. I wasn’t kidding. I don’t kid. I don’t kid.”

Instead, he is either sarcastic or misinterpreted

Take the time he said Obama was “the founder of ISIS.” The next day he doubled down, “No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do.” Then he tripled down, etc. That sounds serious, right? No, wait. Under public pressure, he backpedaled; he was being sarcastic and the media misinterpreted him.

Then there was the time he looked right into the camera and said “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you would probably be rewarded mightily by our press.” When asked at the same conference whether he really just said that, he responded, “I hope they do.” No, wait. Under fire from public backlash, he again insisted his comments were “said in a sarcastic manner.”

He was being misinterpreted when he mocked a disabled reporter. When he said “there was blood coming out of [Megyn Kelly’s] eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.” When after accusing Hillary Clinton of wanting to abolish the Second Amendment, he added “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although, the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don’t know.”

If it’s always up to us to figure out what Trump means, it means we can’t trust him.

Trump said it himself.

So we’re done believing him. And you should be too.


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Charlie has been writing news, opinion, and spoof pieces on politics off and on since 1994. In between gigs, he's a stand-up philosopher.

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