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11 Batty Quotes from Trump's Latest Interview That Will Make You Disgusted He's President All Over Again

Lies, confusion and delusion on parade.

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On Tuesday, Politico published what the Wall Street Journal wouldn't: a full transcript of the newspaper's interview with Donald Trump. The Rupert Murdoch-run outlet knew what it was doing. Missing from the Journal's piece were indications of a certain familiarity between the Trump family and Editor-in-Chief Gerald Baker. In the past, Baker and the Journal have taken hits for going too soft on the Trumps. (In January, Baker announced the paper would never refer to Trump falsehoods as “lies” because it would imply “a deliberate intent to mislead.”) The transcript isn't likely to mitigate those accusations.

As with every setting in which Trump is allowed to ramble freely, the exchange is filled with the absurd self-aggrandizement, specious reasoning, and lies galore we've come to expect from the president. When Jeff Sessions' name comes up, he pulls an “I’m not angry, I’m disappointed.” On Robert Mueller, he hints he may not be conducting his investigation for long. And then there is the rest of this nonsense, below. Here are the 11 most Trumpian moments from the WSJ recent interview.

1. When the Trumps and Baker proved that rich coastal elites, regardless of their carefully crafted public images, are all totally chummy with each other.

Trump’s base of easily conned supporters may be the only people in the world who didn’t recognize their idol for precisely what he was: a coastal elite. There was yet more proof of this during an exchange Baker had with Ivanka, who dropped in for a friendly visit to exchange pleasantries, recall the Hamptons party they’d both recently attended and chat about their daughters, who are both named Arabella.

IVANKA: I heard you were here. I wanted to come by and say hi... How is your Arabella?

BAKER: Oh, very — (inaudible). She just got back from Costa Rica. She was there for two weeks. And how’s — and how’s yours?

IVANKA: Oh, very good. (Inaudible.)

BAKER: It was nice to see you out in Southampton a couple weeks ago.

TRUMP: So you do, you have a — is it the same spelling?

BAKER: I have an — exactly the same spelling, Arabella (sp). Yeah.

TRUMP: How did that happen? I think you named your daughter after –

IVANKA: It’s an English name, but it’s not particularly common, so.

BAKER: It’s not very common, yeah, no. Actually, we were there first.

IVANKA: You’re the first.

BAKER: Mine is – mine is 15. How old is yours?

IVANKA: Oh, OK.

TRUMP: So he’s — I think you copied.

IVANKA: So I copied that. (Laughter.)

2. When the coastal elites in the White House thanked the coastal elite who leads a major American newspaper for publishing flattering coverage about their family.

Last week, the WSJ ran an opinion piece that applauded Jared Kushner for his 11-page disclosure on Russia. While Baker points out that he didn’t actually pen that piece, he did graciously accept thank yous from the Trumps for publishing a flattering piece.

IVANKA: And I liked your editorial today, very nice. (Laughs.)

BAKER: Oh, good, good. Well, you see, you know, my colleagues write those, so they’ll be — they’ll be —

TRUMP: You did a good job.

IVANKA: Yeah, you really did.

BAKER: Thank you very much. Thank you.

3. When Trump again referred to a 36-year-old father of three as a “boy.”

Continuing their discussion on the Kushner piece, Trump referred to its subject—a fully grown adult man who is married and created his own brood of children—as a “good boy.” Because white innocence.

TRUMP: You did a good job. He’s a good — he’s a good boy.

IVANKA: They wrote a very nice editorial, so very good.

BAKER: Thank you.

WSJ: Thank you.

4. When Baker and his team did nothing to correct the falsehoods Trump pushes.

Asked about tax reform, Trump answered, “We’re the highest-taxed nation in the world, essentially, you know, of the size. But we’re the highest-taxed nation in the world. We have — nobody knows what the number is.”

That’s a lie, and like so many others, it's one he loves to repeat. In fact the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development looked at the numbers last year and found that Denmark, at 52 percent—12 percent higher than the U.S.—is the highest taxed country in the world. The list of the top five most taxed countries is rounded out by France, Belgium, Finland and Italy. America doesn’t even crack the top 30.

5. When Trump lied about his Boy Scouts speech and then got angry when someone suggested it wasn’t universally praised.

Here’s Trump discussing his widely panned speech to the Boy Scouts last week, which he falsely claims was loved by everyone who heard it. Even for Liar-in-Chief Trump, he manages to wedge an awful lot of whoppers into this section:

TRUMP: Biggest crowd they’ve ever had. What did you think?

WSJ: I thought it was an interesting speech in the context of the Boy Scouts.

TRUMP: Right.

WSJ: They seemed to get a lot of feedback from former scouts and –

TRUMP: Did they like it?

WSJ: It seemed mixed.

TRUMP: They loved it. [Laughter.] It wasn’t — it was no mix. That was a standing –

WSJ: In the — you got a good — you got a good reaction in –

TRUMP: I mean, you know, he writes mostly negative stuff. But that was a standing ovation –

WSJ: You got a good reaction inside the arena, that’s right.

TRUMP: ... from the time I walked out on the stage — because I know. And by the way, I’d be the first to admit mixed. I’m a guy that will tell you mixed. There was no mix there. That was a standing ovation from the time I walked out to the time I left, and for five minutes after I had already gone. There was no mix.

WSJ: Yeah, there was a lot of supporters in the arena.

TRUMP: And I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful. So there was — there was no mix.

Where to start? First of all, this wasn’t the “biggest crowd” ever to attend the Boy Scout Jamboree; the organization issued a statement disputing that lie last week, after the first time Trump told it.

As for the call Trump claims he received from the Boy Scouts saying it “was the greatest speech that was ever made to them,” that’s also untrue. The organization told TIME magazine “they are unaware of any call from national leadership placed to the White House.” They also pointed the outlet to a bonafide message from the Chief Scout Executive, in which he apologized for Trump’s attempt to turn the Boy Scout Jamboree into some kind of fascist youth rally.

6. When Trump erroneously claimed the word Britain has been stricken from the English language...or something.

I mean, the guy just makes things up. Like, all the time:

TRUMP: I can say that we’re going to be very involved with the U.K. I mean, you don’t hear the word Britain anymore. It’s very interesting. It’s like, nope.

7. When Trump suggested people who can’t find jobs should just STFU and find somewhere else to live.

“I’m going to start explaining to people when you have an area that just isn’t working—like upper New York state, where people are getting very badly hurt—and then you’ll have another area 500 miles away where you can’t—you can’t get people, I’m going to explain you can leave, it’s OK, don’t worry about your house,” Trump told the Journal. “You know, a lot of them don’t leave because of their house. Because they say, gee, my house, I thought it was worth $70,000 and now it’s worth nothing. It’s OK. Go, cut your losses, right?”

That makes so much sense, and totally doesn’t seem like the ramblings of some rich, indifferent idiot who doesn’t understand how the world works for anyone but other rich, indifferent idiots. Also, a quick note for Trump voters who still aren’t getting it: Your president could not care less about you.

8. When he randomly brought up how much other world leaders love him...

TRUMP: So I deal with foreign countries, and despite what you may read, I have unbelievable relationships with all of the foreign leaders. They like me. I like them. You know, it’s amazing.

9. When he admitted he calls up other world leaders to ask random, childlike questions:

TRUMP: And then you call places like Malaysia, Indonesia, and you say, you know, how many people do you have? And it’s pretty amazing how many people they have. So China’s going to be at 7 [percent] or 8 percent, and they have a billion-five, right? So we should do really well.

This is our president, admitting out loud that he likes to call other heads of state and fire off questions he could put in the search bar of Wikipedia. 

10. When he showed his biggest concern about Brexit collateral consequences is golf.

TRUMP: One little thing, what would they do with the British Open if they ever got out? They’d no longer have the British Open.

BAKER: [inaudible.]

TRUMP: Scotland. Keep it in Scotland.

11. When he heaped praise on Anthony Scaramucci just days before firing him.

BAKER: But we can’t expect any more staff changes in the immediate – in the immediate future?

TRUMP: No, I don’t think so.

BAKER: No?

TRUMP: But I’m very happy with Anthony. I think Anthony is going to do amazing.

Epilogue: Anthony did not do amazing.


 

 

Kali Holloway is a senior writer and the associate editor of media and culture at AlterNet.

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