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Thu Jan 26, 2017, 01:07 PM

In First Interview as President, Donald Trump Rejects Reality

And Creates his Own

Source: Vanity Fair, by Emily Jane Fox

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None of the millions of people who voted illegally, he explained without evidence, voted for him—they all voted for his opponent, Hillary Clinton. “Believe me. Those were Hillary votes. And if you look at it they all voted for Hillary. They all voted for Hillary. They didn't vote for me. I don't believe I got one,” Trump said, seeming to build momentum as he turned the idea over in his head. “Okay, these are people that voted for Hillary Clinton. And if they didn't vote, it would've been different in the popular.”

This alternate reality continued to shine through when the conversation turned to the wall Trump says he plans to build on the Mexican border. In this reality, it appears that Trump still believes that as president, he can get away with making huge promises without having a plan to back them up, as he did throughout the campaign. Now, of course, Trump isn’t offering mere campaign promises; he is actually able to effect change, and will be held accountable for doing so, or failing to do so. At the same time, Trump’s conversation with Muir suggested a third option: obfuscating his position to the point that he can never be held to account, no matter the outcome.

When Muir asked if the American taxpayer will pay for the wall at first, Trump’s response was that America will get reimbursed. Muir then pointed out that Mexico’s president has clearly stated that he won’t. “I think he has to say that. I’m just telling you there will be a payment. It will be a form, perhaps a complicated form.”

On the timing of the wall, Trump’s only clue was that it will happen “as soon as we can physically building….I would say in months, yeah.” And in explaining if people here illegally should worry about their future in the U.S., he offered a stunningly conflicting message. “They shouldn’t be worried. They are here illegally,” he said. But “they shouldn’t be worried. I have a big heart.”

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Read it all at: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/01/donald-trump-david-muir-interview

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