Trump creates an alternative reality, and he wants you to join him there
Even though reality (released FISA warrant) debunks the propaganda of his sycophants (Nune's fake "Steele Dossier" claims)“Just remember,” President Trump said on Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo., “what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”
He was complaining about the escalating fallout from his trade war. The president is angry that the press is telling the stories of farmers who are facing financial hardship because of the predictable retaliation by other countries to his tariffs. (..) “This country is doing better than it's ever done before,” Trump said. (..)
-- Trump’s quote reminded many people — including a former CIA case officer — of “1984,” the dystopian novel. “The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command,” wrote George Orwell. “And if all others accepted the lie, which the party imposed, if all records told the same tale, then the lie passed into history and became the truth.”
In private, Trump even contradicts what he publicly claims (notably on North Korea)The Carter Page FISA warrants that were released over the weekend undercut many of the president’s previous assertions and further undermine the credibility of the partisan memo released in the winter by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). But as I documented in Monday’s Big Idea, Trump falsely insisted that the newly released court filings prove his past claims. He tweeted that they show the FBI “misled the courts” when, in fact, they do the opposite.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said Tuesday that there were “sound reasons” for judges to approve the FISA warrant on Page. “I don't think I ever expressed that I thought the FISA application came up short,” Burr told CNN, bursting the bubble of Nunes and Trump. Marco Rubio, another Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, made similar comments on the Sunday shows.
And Trump's sycophants lie through their teeth about the economy and the deficit:He also continued to celebrate the success of his summit with Kim Jong Un. While publicly claiming that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat and that the problem has been “largely solved,” Trump rages privately over the lack of progress and Pyongyang’s failure to follow through on what he believes Kim agreed to in Singapore.
Since he lives in an alt reality bubble, Trump insulates himself from the outside worldLarry Kudlow, Trump’s director of the National Economic Council, claimed falsely on the Fox Business Network last month that the tax cuts are actually generating such massive growth that “the deficit … is coming down. And it’s coming down rapidly.” In fact, the Congressional Budget Office — led by a GOP appointee — estimates that the new tax law will reduce federal tax revenue by $1.2 trillion over the next decade. Kudlow later clarified he was saying that he hopes deficits come down in future years because of growth. But he didn’t say it on Fox.
Spotting CNN on a TV Aboard Air Force One, Trump Rages Against Reality
On the first couple’s recent trip overseas, Melania Trump’s television aboard Air Force One was tuned to CNN. President Trump was not pleased.
He raged at his staff for violating a rule that the White House entourage should begin each trip tuned to Fox — his preferred network over what he considers the “fake news” CNN — and caused “a bit of a stir” aboard Air Force One