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Liar in Chief

One of the truly amazing things about Trump’s rise is not that he did it by lying, but he did it while being such a crappy liar. This one this morning is just amazing:

President Donald Trump on Sunday continued to deny Rep. Frederica Wilson’s (D-FL) account of his call to the widow of a U.S. soldier killed in Niger.

“I was so nice. Look, I’ve called many people. And I would think that every one of them appreciated it. I was very surprised to see this to be honest with you,” Trump said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo.”

He claimed the call “was a very nice call.”

“And by the way, I spoke of the name of the young man, and I — it was a really — it’s a very tough call. Those are the toughest calls,” Trump said. “These are tougher than dealing with the heads of countries, believe me. These are very, very hard calls. They’re sad and sometimes, you know, the grieving is so incredible.”

If he had, in fact, spoken “of the name of the young man”, he would no doubt have repeated his name in the course of this statement. If he was a good liar, he would have prepared for this lie by learning the name of the young man, or at least having a cheat sheet with him so he could look at it while he lied. (Maybe he doesn’t use cheat sheets because he can’t read.) The odd thing is, the “young man” of whom he “spoke of the name” has a last name of Johnson. That’s not such a hard name to remember. Of course you have to remember his rank, but surely even Trump can remember two factoids for the amount of time it takes to lie to someone pitching softballs at him.

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