What’s worse: President Donald Trump telling brazen lies to the American people, or believing the lies he tells?
In a CNN panel discussion about Trump’s insistence that he had phone calls with both the president of Mexico and the leader of the Boy Scouts that both denied, conservative columnist and HLN host S.E. Cupp postulated that Trump appears to believe in his own delusions.
“‘It’s not a lie if you believe it,'” Cupp began, quoting an infamous line from Seinfeld. “There might be some of that going on with Trump, but what strikes me is it’s an incredible waste of time and talent and resources that the White House press shop probably on a daily basis has to go back and try to forensically put whatever he has said together so that it makes sense.”
She went on to describe Sarah Huckabee Sanders and other members of the White House’s press team trying to piece together a story to make Trump’s lies appear true.
“‘Gosh, can we find a time where he would have been with [Mexican President Enrique] Peña Nieto or with the Boy Scout leaders that would plausibly make this true, somehow,'” she said, imitating press shop staffers. “This is not the way to use your press shop. I mean, these are people who are meant to be staffing the president, prepping the president, spreading the president’s message on policy. Instead, they’re having to figure out how to make what he just said somehow sort of true.”
Watch Cupp and her fellow panelists bemoan Trump’s delusional phone calls below, via CNN.