CNN host Jake Tapper absolutely had it with President Donald Trump, and the other liars in his administration, and it was glorious to behold.
During a White House press briefing, Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated her belief that the media and journalists intentionally mislead the American public. And of course, Trump has repeatedly attacked the media, referring to it as “fake news” in numerous tweets.
Tapper, in his take down, reminded viewers of the many unsubstantiated claims and flat out lies Trump himself has voiced in the past.
It was, after all, Donald Trump who first started the “birther” conspiracy movement, claiming that former president Barack Obama was not an American citizen, and therefore couldn’t be president.
Trump also claimed that Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the terrorist attacks of 9/11, although there was no evidence of such a thing happening.
Trump has repeatedly stated that there were 3-5 million fraudulent votes for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, again with no evidence to support his claims. The so-called “Voter Fraud Commission” — and information grab with the aim of further voter suppression — was ordered disbanded
Trump repeated the tabloid claim that Ted Cruz’s father had something to do with the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
And yet, the White House, led by President Trump, has spoken against the media and feels strongly that the American people shouldn’t be misled. When journalists and news organizations make mistakes in reporting, a correction is issued. They own up to the mistake, and issue a retraction. Yet Trump continues to double down and say things to purposely mislead the public, or just outright lie.
Trump is a liar. Per Esquire, Trump himself told a total 3,000 false or misleading public statements in the first 466 days since he took the oath of office He has never issued a retraction, admitted to an error, or otherwise offered any excuse for his lies.
At this point it is clear that these lies aren’t meant for most of us. They are launched for the sole benefit of the between 35%-40% of Americans who have approved of his performance since taking office.