Twice-impeached and freshly indicted former President Donald Trump has a standard mythology about himself. It is somewhat based on the jingoistic, cocaine-fueled action films of the 1980s and ‘90s. In it, Donald Trump is an omnipotent, fearless, and wise leader who inspires deference from all those around him. One of the refrains of this self-delusion is that people are constantly crying around him. Whether it is hardened Navy SEAL veterans and their wives, wizened generals, and calloused laborers, they are all coming up to him “with tears in their eyes.” The only time this seems to be true is when the MAGA world runs into the brick wall of reality and must reconcile how loathsome the rest of the country finds them.
In order to campaign for the Republican nomination while also pleading his case to try and stay out of jail, Donald Trump has reunited with his misinformation enablers over at Fox News. This includes doing an interview that aired Tuesday night with the man that prayed Trump would go away and texted that he hated the Donald “passionately”: Tucker Carlson.
Trump made some of his patented claims during the interview. One of those sets of claims came at the beginning of the interview where he described his experience when he was booked for dozens of federal charges against him in New York City. Trump claimed that basically everybody booking him was apologizing and crying; in fact, “tears were pouring down their eyes.” Not only is this an unbelievable story (and also a strange way to describe crying), but Yahoo! News has a source that says this story is “absolute BS.”
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At the beginning of the interview with Carlson, Trump claimed:
“When they signed me in, and I’ll tell you, people were crying, people that work there, professionally work there, that have no problems putting in murderers, and they see everybody. It’s a tough, tough place, and they were crying. They were actually crying. They said, ‘I’m sorry.’ They said, '2024, sir. 2024.’ And tears were pouring down their eyes. I’ve never seen anything like it before.”
Truly unbelievable. Like, if you told it to me one million times I wouldn’t believe you. Like, it defies everything I know about the world and reality and if it had happened that way my brain might explode and leave me in a heap on the floor. But I guess we just have to take Donald Trump’s word for it? Nope.
According to journalist Michael Isikoff, his source was on hand for Trump’s arraignment and told the reporter that not only was Trump misrepresenting the approximately 57-minute booking experience, but Donald Trump’s story, according to the source, was “Absolute BS.” In this context, “BS” means “bullshit.” In fact, “There were zero people crying. There were zero people saying ‘I’m sorry.’” In this context “zero” means 0.00 or the absence of even a single person.
The source’s description highlights Trump absolute detachment from reality, because that source confirmed that Trump and his people had very limited interaction with any employees at the courthouse. According to the source, the only thing that was even slightly out of the ordinary from any run-of-the-mill booking was that Trump’s “fingers were too dry for his fingerprinting, at which point district attorney employees provided lotion for his fingers.” Yikes. Get that moisturizer on, Donald!
Enjoy watching Trump just plagiarize his own lies. It’s sort of like watching a fake-tanned snake eat poop out of its own butt.
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