Donald Trump is a pathological liar. Major fact checking sites like PolitiFact and FactCheck.org have confirmed that he’s lying the vast majority of the time he’s speaking. The Washington Post has documented more than a thousand lies Trump has told since taking office. So it’s not shocking to learn that Trump lied about what he said to the widow of a fallen U.S. solider this week. What is surprising is how quickly and sloppily his claim of having “proof” fell apart.
After Trump went two weeks without calling the families of the four U.S. soldiers who died in Niger, and the media began badgering him about it, he finally made the calls. However, he offensively told the widow of one fallen soldier that her husband “knew what he signed up for.” Trump didn’t know that the widow had placed him on speakerphone, and that a local Congresswoman happened to be with her to hear it. That Congresswoman publicly criticized Trump for having said it, prompting Trump to tweet “Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!”
So what was this proof? Would Trump and his administration release the proof in order to get him out of trouble? No. Instead, Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly took to the podium on Thursday and flat out admitted that Trump did say the offensive remark – even while trying to defend Trump’s decision to say it.
Not only did Donald Trump lie about what he had said to the fallen soldier’s widow, he then lied about having “proof” that he didn’t say it. Trump has so little relationship with the truth that, even after John Kelly admitted he had in fact said it, Trump tweeted “The Fake News is going crazy with wacky Congresswoman Wilson(D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content!” Literally every word of that tweet is a lie.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report