Read the quotes in the first there paragraphs of this story by Jenna Johnson of The Washington Post:

The way President Trump tells it, the meandering, falsehood-filled, self-involved speech that he gave at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters was one of the greatest addresses ever given.

“That speech was a home run,” Trump told ABC News just a few minutes into his first major television interview since moving into the White House. “See what Fox said. They said it was one of the great speeches. They showed the people applauding and screaming. … I got a standing ovation. In fact, they said it was the biggest standing ovation since Peyton Manning had won the Super Bowl, and they said it was equal. I got a standing ovation. It lasted for a long period of time.”

The most powerful man in the world continued: “You probably ran it live. I know when I do good speeches. I know when I do bad speeches. That speech was a total home run. They loved it. … People loved it. They loved it. They gave me a standing ovation for a long period of time. They never even sat down, most of them, during the speech. There was love in the room. You and other networks covered it very inaccurately. … That speech was a good speech. And you and a couple of other networks tried to downplay that speech. And it was very, very unfortunate that you did.”

Does this sound like someone in touch with reality?

Or does this sound like someone deliberately re-characterizing a story to lessen the negative image he cast during his speech at CIA headquarters?

Make no mistake – Mr. Trump is not crazy. This is a purposeful misstatement of events that have just happened. Authoritarians love this trick. Lie about the past, tell the (improbable) truth about the future.

Never believe his claims about the past. Never doubt a word of what he says he’ll do next.

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