Last week I wrote a diary arguing that Donald Trump, harebrained idiot, almost certainly lied when he said this during his speech in the Rose Garden on Friday:
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“This should have been done by all of the presidents that preceded me,” Trump said. “And they all know it. Some of them have told me that we should have done it.”
As I noted at the time, it’s hard to imagine those words coming out of the mouths of any of our ex-presidents, but that certainly didn’t stop Trump, who loves lying more than breathing, eating, or using KFC extra crispy chicken skin as a napkin to sop the barrels full of gravy off his chin.
Well, guess what? The Washington Post has now confirmed that this easily checked statement was indeed a lie. Because it happened to follow up with the four people who could confirm its veracity or lack thereof:
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The president has made 7,600 false or misleading statements since he became president, and some have proved more difficult than others to fact-check. This one was not. There are only four living ex-presidents. The Washington Post reached out to them to see whether they ever told Trump that a border wall should have been built before he was in office: All said they hadn’t. A spokesman for George H.W. Bush declined to comment.
Since Trump said “some” former presidents told him they should have built a wall, he would need to produce at least two who had made this claim. So this is a checkmate. All he’s left with is George H.W. Bush, who is as likely to have told Trump he should have built a wall as that his biggest regret in life was not spending more time at Dave & Buster’s working on his Q*bert high score.
Who knows? Maybe H.W. told him all this while Trump tenderly held his hand on his deathbed. We’ll never know for sure. But, hey, Trump has made approximately 7,600 false or misleading statements since becoming pr*sident, so let’s just err on the side of “holy shit, could this one be more obvious?”
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