President Donald Trump has had a bizarre track record of accusing news media of being fake due to their bias towards the left. From CNN to the New York Times, the President has openly launched attacks on these outlets and has even promised to hand out Fake News Awards. On the other hand, if a news outlet displays a bias that favors Trump, he will often support that outlet.
Recently, Trump took praise from a news column and quoted it but chose to omit a crucial part of the quote, showing just how hard he will try to skew public opinion.
On Sunday night, the President took to Twitter to share a misquoted excerpt from a New York Post column that praised both him and his presidency.
The column was written by Michael Goodwin, who is known for being reportedly friendly with Trump. The eye-catching headline reads “We’re still better off with Trump than Clinton.” The column states that while Trump has had “missteps” during his time in the office, “there has never been a day when I wished Hillary Clinton were president.” Furthermore, the column notes that Trump’s presidency “is turning out to be an enormously consequential presidency.”
Trump took the words to heart. He tweeted part of the column, but left out any mention of his “missteps” and misquoted the word “consequential.”
In his first of two tweets, he quoted the column, “his is turning out to be an enormously consensual presidency. So much so that…there has never been a day that I wished Hillary Clinton were President. Not one.”
“Indeed, as Trump’s accomplishments accumulate, the mere thought of Clinton in the W.H., doubling down on Obama’s…failed policies, washes away any doubts that America made the right choice. This was truly a change election, and the changes Trump is bringing are far-reaching and necessary,” Trump quoted in his second tweet before thanking Michael Goodwin and adding a link to the article.
Eventually, the President deleted the tweets and rewrote them with the correct and full quotes, including the word “consequential” and the mention of his “missteps.”
The column also discussed the end of “Bannonism” after Trump tore into former chief strategist Stephen Bannon for his statements in Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”
Additionally, Goodwin pondered what Hillary Clinton’s presidency might have looked like. He argued that she would not have made prominent policy moves that Trump has, citing Trump’s recognizing of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“These are just some of the many reasons why a Trump presidency, chaos and all, continues to be the course correction America needed. Here’s hoping, then, that the latest predictions of his demise, like all those that came before, turn out to be premature,” he writes.
H/T: The Hill