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Only a very stable genius could make sense of Trump’s self-contradictions

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18.06.2019

Only a man who is, like, really smart could perform mental gymnastics at the level President Trump has attained over the past few days.

On Saturday, Trump declared that the New York Times committed a “virtual act of Treason” by reporting on a U.S. cyber campaign against Russia.

Mere seconds later, he proclaimed that the supposedly treasonous report was “ALSO, NOT TRUE!”

Thus, in Trump’s telling, did the journalists commit the capital offense of . . . divulging false state secrets?

In his interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, meanwhile, Trump denied that internal Trump campaign polling showing him trailing: “Those polls don’t exist.”

Trump then fired his campaign pollsters for leaking . . . the supposedly nonexistent polls. (This was similar to Trump calling Bob Woodward a writer of “fiction” while simultaneously venting at his aides for “leaking” this supposed fiction to Woodward.)

In the ABC interview, Trump also said that if he received dirt on his opponent from a foreign country, he would accept it without calling the FBI — and that his FBI director was “wrong” to say the FBI should know of such offers. Soon thereafter, Trump told Fox & Friends a contrary view: “of course” he would tell the FBI.

This followed by a few days Trump’s claim that “I had nothing to do with Russia helping me get elected.” Minutes later, he delivered a second opinion: “Russia........

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