Jake Tapper: Trump Will Call Everything He Dislikes ‘Not Legitimate’ or ‘Fake,’ Except Putin
At the beginning of this afternoon’s broadcast of CNN’s The Lead, host Jake Tapper went off on recent tweets and comments made by President Donald Trump.
Explaining that Trump’s tweets “are windows into his soul,” Tapper began reading off the president’s recent Twitter activity targeting a federal judge who temporarily suspended Trump’s travel ban, negative polls and the media.
Highlighting POTUS’s tweet that stated “any negative polls are fake news,” Tapper repeated the phrase before remarking on what the president was really conveying.
“Got that,” the anchor noted. “Any polling suggesting anything negative about the president or his policies is not, in his view, real.”
Tapper went on to point out the messages Trump had given recently.
“To sum up, if a judge rules against the president he is a so-called judge,” he stated. “If a poll shows the majority of you disagrees with his policies, the poll is fake. If a well-sourced news story reflects something unflattering about him, that story is fake.”
This led Tapper to comment that Trump feels that “two fundamental pillars of our democracy” are “not legitimate” if they take actions he doesn’t like.
“Okay,” Tapper remarked. “What about a known geopolitical foe of the United States like, say, I don’t know, Russian President Vladimir Putin?”
After playing Trump’s now-infamous interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly where he defended Putin and said the US wasn’t so innocent, Tapper issued the following thought: “Whoa! So as long as we all know where we stand, I suppose.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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