The 6 Most Absurd Things Trump Says In New Time Interview
Given his presidency has been marked by shouts of "FAKE NEWS" and insistent declarations of unsubstantiated claims, this is a hot topic.
Time was gracious enough to publish the full transcript of the interview with Trump. Now, I want to warn you reading transcripts of Trump talking may give you a migraine, so please consider your health before proceeding.
Trump speaks in a manic ramble, veering off topic mid-sentence and almost never directly answering a question. He appears to not listen to questions but, instead, hear one word and use that to talk about whatever self-praising topic he wants.
He also repeats himself, coming back to praising himself on a certain topic long after a conversation has moved on from that topic.
We learned a bit from this Time interview, namely that Trump fully believes he can predict the future. Here are the 6 most ridiculous moments from the conversation:
1. Trump explains his clairvoyance.
Reporter Michael Scherer started off the interview by asking Trump if he wanted a quick summary of the idea for the cover story. Instead of answering "yes" or "no," Trump launched into a rant about all of the things he "predicted."
The news items Trump believes he "predicted" include a riot in Sweden, an investigation into Anthony Weiner's computer, NATO going obsolete (??), Brexit, a terror attack in Brussels and the DNC not preferring Bernie Sanders.
"I'm a very instinctual person, but my instinct turns out to be right," Trump said. "When everyone said I wasn't going to win the election, I said, well, I think I would."
This rant about being able to predict the future was the recurrent theme of the interview, and Trump kept going back to things he guessed that turned out right.
Scherer later points out Trump didn't predict the riot in Sweden. Rather, during a previous speech, Trump referred to an incident that had already happened on “Friday night.” No such incident occurred. But a riot did happen days later.
In response to Scherer pointing this out, Trump replied,
No I am saying I was right.
"I'm an instinctual person," Trump said at one point in the interview. "I happen to be a person [who] knows how life works."
Scherer then asked about unsubstantiated claims Trump did not mention in his list of predictions, including his claim millions of undocumented people voting illegally. There is no evidence of that.
Still, Trump said,
Well, I think I will be proved right about that, too.
2. Trump gets his electoral votes wrong (again).
In the midst of discussing his superhuman ability to predict the future, Trump said he "ended up at 306" electoral votes.
Trump could have had 306 electoral votes if you just counted states, but he actually only got 304. Two faithless electors refused to vote for him.
This is far from the first time Trump has lied about his Electoral College victory. Although he did win, he just can't seem to get the numbers straight.
He has previously claimed he had "the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan." In fact, Presidents Barack Obama and George H.W. Bush had bigger Electoral College wins than Trump.
Why are we still talking about electoral votes a million years after the election? I'll never know.
3. Trump blames all his inaccuracies on repeating "newspapers."
When asked about his claims Ted Cruz's father was somehow involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (YUP, he said that), Trump said he was repeating what "was in a newspaper."
That "newspaper," by the way, was the National Enquirer. Yeah, the Trump-loving tabloid you see at the grocery line with headlines like "Cher Brought Back From the Dead For Vegas."
In the interview, Trump said,
I didn't say that. I was referring to a newspaper.
Last May, Trump said,
His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being -- you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous. What is this, right prior to his being shot, and nobody even brings it up. They don't even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it.
In the current interview, Trump went on to say when it came to wiretapping claims, he was just quoting Andrew Napolitano and Bret Baier.
"I have a lot of respect for Judge Napolitano, and he said that three sources have told him things that would make me right," Trump said, "I don't know where he has gone with it since then. But, I'm quoting highly respected people from highly respected television networks."
Napolitano was reportedly pulled from Fox News for making the claim without any evidence.
4. Trump says his job statistics are better than Obama's, despite the statistics not being real.
On a rant about "inheriting a mess" from Obama, Trump says,
I inherited a mess with jobs, despite the statistics, you know, my statistics are even better, but they are not the real statistics because you have millions of people that can't get a job, OK.
Most economists -- and sane people -- generally know the early economic statistics in a president's term are really reflective of the last president, so these "better" statistics are reflective of Obama, not Trump.
But, uh, does Trump care they're "better" if they're not real? Unclear.
5. Trump still believes himself to be right about the wiretapping claims.
These wiretap claims have been rejected by politicians on both sides of the aisle, as well as FBI Director James Comey.
During the interview, Trump used a Wednesday press conference from House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes to prove he was right.
Nunes said it's possible Trump transition team member messages were intercepted by intelligence while surveilling other people.
"So that means I'm right. Nunes said the surveillance appears to have been... incidental collection, that does not appear to have been related to concerns over Russia," Trump told Scherer.
Scherer points out "incidental collection," by definition, means the Trump team was not targeted in surveillance, to which Trump says,
Who know what it is? You know, why, because somebody says incidental. Nunes is going to the White House.
6. Trump goes full schoolyard bully.
At the end of a rant, in response to a question about credibility, Trump concludes the interview with this:
Hey look, in the mean time, I guess, I can't be doing so badly, because I'm president, and you're not. You know. Say hello to everybody, OK?