Donald Trump is in the middle of some weird experiment. At least, that’s what it looks like sometimes, with the way he seems to be pushing the envelope on what kind of nonsense he can spout, to see how much of it his hardcore fans will believe. There hasn’t been much so far that they, um… okay, never mind. There’s nothing they won’t believe.
But for the rest of the world, it’s a bizarre and troubling thing to witness.
First, we watched as Trump decided to try and take back his apologies and admissions about the Access Hollywood video with the now-infamous “Grab ’em by the p*ssy” audio. He expected everyone to simply forget Melania’s interview with Anderson Cooper about how Donald apologized to her for the entire affair. Hell, he expected us to forget him apologizing to US for the “locker room talk,” as he called it.
Now, according to the New York Times, Trump is running the same game on the long-debunked conspiracy about President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
He hasn’t said it again yet into a microphone. But Donald Trump is nothing if not media-savvy. He knows what will make it to the press. Many have speculated that some big stories that appeared to be “leaked” to the media were actually disseminated by the president himself. So when he says behind closed doors that maybe the Access Hollywood video isn’t real, or that he’s no longer certain about Obama’s long-form birth certificate, he knows full well that it will make the Times by the end of the week.
From the paper:
In recent months, they say, Mr. Trump has used closed-door conversations to question the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. He has also repeatedly claimed that he lost the popular vote last year because of widespread voter fraud, according to advisers and lawmakers.
One senator who listened as the president revived his doubts about Mr. Obama’s birth certificate chuckled on Tuesday as he recalled the conversation. The president, he said, has had a hard time letting go of his claim that Mr. Obama was not born in the United States. The senator asked not to be named to discuss private conversations.”
But maybe I’m being too generous. Maybe he really does believe all of this bullshit, and he’s actually going a little bit crazy. Maybe I’m just being cynical, and the real issue is that Donald Trump is in the early stages of dementia or possibly full-blown Alzheimer’s.
No matter why Trump is saying these things again, after they’ve been litigated in the media and around the world and judged to be hilariously wrong, it can’t mean anything good for the president’s mental state.
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