As Donald Trump attacked Jimmy Fallon, host of “Tonight Show”, the other day, he talked about a call Fallon allegedly had with the president after interviewing him on the show. Shortly after, Fallon soon responded, “I’ve never called this human in my life. I don’t have his number. I don’t want his number.”
This means Trump was talking about a call that only happened in his head – which wouldn’t be particularly notable if the president weren’t doing this constantly.
Last week, during a Minnesota event, the President claimed, “The head of U.S. Steel called me the other day, and he said, ‘We’re opening up six major facilities and expanding facilities that have never been expanded.’ They haven’t been opened in many, many years.” Trump recently repeated the story.
By all appearances, that conversation never took place. Washington Post recently noted:
Here’s a puzzler: Why is the president of the United States announcing the opening of new factories that a major U.S. company has not announced?
U.S. Steel is a publicly traded company, so it is supposed to disclose materially important information. The opening of six major facilities and the expansion of even more would be huge news.
It definitely would, if the news were true. U.S. Steel has been reluctant to deny the president’s tale to reporters, but that doesn’t mean it’s real. The Post continued, “The president is wrong. But apparently U.S. Steel is afraid to say that out loud.”
While that is important, the most troubling thing is the President’s incessant habit of referring to made-up conversations.
In August, Trump mentioned a talk he had on the phone with Enrique Pena Nieto, President of Mexico that never actually happened. Before that, Trump expressed excitement over a phone call he had gotten from the leader of the Boy Scouts, which didn’t take place either.
In July, he referred to a phone call with the leader of a large country, with more than 300 million people, who complained to him about the foreign nation’s GDP growth rate of 9 percent. No such country exists. Though the President referred to the conversation more than once, he fabricated it.
He did it again last month, revealing many details about the exclusive conversations he was a part of about the construction of the border-wall in California, even though those discussions never happened.
I’m not trying to be picky, but very stable geniuses don’t usually do this.