Discussing a recent compilation of President Donald Trump's documented lies -- currently at 3,000 and counting -- CNN analyst David Gregory said the stream of untruths coming out of the White House mirrors the way that Russian President Vladimir Putin rules his country.
Speaking with hosts Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota, Gregory and journalist A.B. Stoddard took Trump to task for building his reputation as president on a foundation of falsehoods.
"We watched Sean Spicer at the podium," Stoddard began. "We know Sarah Sanders has to toe the company line. It may usually turn out to be either slightly untrue or entirely untrue, but that's her job and she does it well."
"President Trump has no problem, according to the latest assessment by the Washington Post fact checker -- he is up over six untruths a day. Michael Cohen did slip up when he said he facilitated a payment to Stormy Daniels, but this revelation by Mr. Giuliani comes after a poll released yesterday following a similar polling result last month showed that a majority of the public knows, believes that the president paid off Stormy Daniels and that they don't care. Candidate Trump never paid a price for lying, and he continues to retain a solid base between 35 percent and 40 percent of the country and he just believes he can create his own reality."
Asked whether Trump is attempting to obstruct special counsel Robert Mueller's work, Gregory said that the president is running a misinformation campaign that should seem familiar to Kremlin watchers.
"The president says, 'well, if there was never any crime, how can there be obstruction,'" Gregory explained. "This is Trump's way. There have been so many provable lies and it should undermine his credibility and he should be held accountable for that."
"I think people who support the president, and those who don't support the president, you have to have accountability for this," Gregory added. "This is not what should happen in a democracy. You know, this is the kind of stuff that Putin does in Russia. Whether it's taking on reporting that's accurate by calling it 'fake,' and basically what's true is false and what's false is true and we cannot accept that."
"So many lies go back to lying about President Obama -- him being born in America," he elaborated. "All of these things build on each other. And now the president is in a different position. He's in a position where he has to deal with a special prosecutor breathing down his administration's neck."
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