Last month – while speaking to reporters before a Dallas fundraiser – Trump awkwardly touted his own intellect. “People don’t understand, I went to an Ivy League college,” he said. “I was a nice student. I did very well. I’m a very intelligent person.”
Then, literally pointing to his own head, he added: “One of the great memories of all time.”
Which is weird, really, since just yesterday when questioned about a meeting from March of this year – in which former foreign policy adviser and now FBI informant George Papadopoulos broached the idea meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin – Trump insists he remembers very little.
Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials, and he later told agents that he used that gathering to offer to arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin.
“I don’t remember much about that meeting,” Trump responded. “It was a very unimportant meeting, took place a long time [ago], don’t remember much about it.”
Sure, this would maybe seem believable had the topic not been the subject over which his presidency is currently embroiled; one of the biggest political scandals in modern U.S. history and one that has plagued his legitimacy since taking office.
Perhaps even worse, though, is Trump’s own hypocrisy. As CNN’s Chris Cilizza points out quite well, Trump has a tendency to ridicule others for seemingly convenient and exploitative memory lapses whilst simultaneously blatantly abusing his own perpetration of the same mental transgression.
“Trump repeatedly used an “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember” defense when he was deposed in a number of lawsuits he has faced over the years,” writes Cilizza. “As expertly noted by the Washington Post’s Philip Bump, Trump used some variation of he doesn’t know or he can’t recall regularly in these depositions.
“In fact, in one of those depositions, Trump is asked — directly! — whether he believes ‘you have one of the best memories in the world.’ Trump responds: ‘That I can’t tell you. I can’t tell for other people but I have a good memory.’
“The questioner in that deposition persists: ‘You’ve stated though that you have one of the best memories in the world?’ Responds Trump: ‘I don’t know. Did I use that expression?’”.Click here for reuse options!
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