Everyone knows that Donald Trump likes to make claims about his accomplishments as President that are seldom backed up by any actual facts. Spokespeople for the administration repeat the claims on television, he tweets them, and newspapers and television channels do breathless reports on whether he deserves credit for Obama’s economy or unemployment numbers or any number of hilariously false claims.
And here in the United States, he actually gets away with it, because people are so afraid of appearing partisan that they refrain from reacting in natural ways to the blatantly false things that Trump says. It is only recently that some news outlets here and there have even begun using the word “lying” to describe what the President does with claims that he repeats ad nauseum despite multiple and repeated debunkings.
But perhaps his favorite is the all-encompassing claim that his administration has “accomplished more” than any before him in a shockingly short period of time. It is a claim meant to assert as fact that he has had a successful presidency, although the idea is more than suspect — it is laughably untrue.
Trump relies on the politeness of the American media to make these claims, but it is possible he doesn’t actually know he’s doing so. In fact, it could be that Donald Trump actually thinks he has been successful as President — which would totally explain his reaction at the UN Assembly on Monday, when he made the claim once more and he was shocked to find literally the entire room laughing at him.
That’s not hyperbole.
Trump said, in his inimitable way,
In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.”
He tried to go on, but could clearly see the crowd beginning to smile as he stammered “so true.” Forced at last to join in the laughter so he didn’t appear to be left out of some joke he didn’t quite understand, Trump admitted,
Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay.”
The UN crowd left him standing on stage grinning like an idiot, in perhaps the most priceless moment in this entire presidency.
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