"It is just the instinct of a liar" - Joan Walsh reacts to Donald Trump falsely claiming that Sen. Orrin Hatch called him the single greatest president ever https://t.co/UQhFvbOhZl pic.twitter.com/bVsJC8qGMS— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) February 2, 2018
President Donald Trump may not be good at being president, but he is certainly fond of gloating about what a fantastic job (he thinks) he’s doing. The self-branded “stable genius” is known to exaggerate about everything, be it the decline in African-American unemployment rate, his tax cuts reform or even the crowd size at his inauguration.
Recently speaking to the Congressional Republicans at their annual retreat in West Virginia, the commander-in-chief once again bragged about the things his administration has supposedly accomplished in the past year. Then, in order to prove his point, the former reality TV star decided to share a slightly hard-to-believe anecdote where a long-serving Republican senator compared him to the likes of presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
“I want to thank senator, finance chairman and a very spectacular man, Orrin Hatch. Where is Orrin?” the president began. “Orrin is — I love listening to him speak. He said once, I am the single greatest president in his lifetime. He’s young, so that’s not saying much.”
For those who might not remember, Hatch is an 83-year-old Utah Republican who once made headlines for saying he was reluctant to help sick children from low-income families because they “won’t lift a finger” to help themselves.
“He actually once said I’m the greatest president in the history of our country,” Trump continued, smiling widely. “I said, ‘Does that include Lincoln and Washington?’ He said yes. I love this guy!”
Needless to say, it was a horrific comparison. However, it didn’t take long for Hatch to shoot down the real estate mogul’s boastful statement.
As it turns out, Hatch told Trump he can be the greatest president — not “is.”
“Senator Hatch has said that he would like to work with the president to make this the greatest presidency in history for the American people,” senator’s spokesman, Matt Whitlock, told The Wrap.
When asked if Hatch did not call him the greatest, Whitlock replied, “No he did not.”
Per Hatch spox, he has said that Trump “can be” the greatest president ever but has never said "is"— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) February 1, 2018
Of course, social media denizens had a lot to say about Trump’s latest gaffe:
I don't know what's more absurd--that a United States Senator told Trump he was greater than Washington and Lincoln, or that Trump was foolish enough to repeat his comments. https://t.co/Bc2hH8sRGI— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) February 1, 2018
Not sure what is more embarrassing a) Hatch said this b) Trump believed it c) Trump lack the self-awareness to avoid repeating it publicly https://t.co/iNi3ZIfpc8— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) February 1, 2018
Normal people don’t do this, they don’t need to. Great men don’t have to tell us they are great, they show us through action. They put the needs of others before them. They build ppl up. They do not brag, they do not need to be told they are great.— Reinventing Carrie (@Reinventcarrie) February 2, 2018
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