I’ll get to yesterday’s press conference in a minute, but one thing struck me as I was watching it, and that is this face he makes.
We’ve seen enough of Trump during “chopper time” when he blusters his way through press questions to know <—- this face is not the normal face he makes when he is bald-faced lying to you as he crawls across your dead mother to fuck your sister. This is his face he makes when he imagines himself to be sincere and incredulous that you don’t believe him that these other people are the liars, not him. This is “Can-you-believe-these-guys,-I -mean,-I-can’t-believe-it” face.
Due to the past three years of PTSD with the presidency, at this point it’s difficult to quantify on a number scale the degree and size of the whopping lies Trump tells at any given moment, but by any scale, yesterday’s was something else:
I don’t think you people with this phony emoluments clause (emphasis mine) — and by the way, I would say that it’s cost me anywhere from $2 billion to $5 billion to be president. And that’s OK.
As Axios points out:
Reality check: The emoluments clause of the Constitution is not “phony.”
- It states: “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”
- In December, a federal appeals court in Virginia will hear an emoluments case brought by the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia that alleges Trump has profited from the presidency with the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
- Trump’s claim on Monday that the presidency has cost him anywhere from $2 billion to $5 billion is impossible to verify because he has not followed the modern presidential tradition of releasing his tax returns.
I highlighted that last part.