Peter Alexander, a reporter for NBC News, called President Donald Trump out directly during a press conference for his unprecedented history of spreading blatant falsehoods. The question on Mr. Alexander’s mind: Why should Americans trust a man who feels the need to lie about even the most inconsequential details concerning his presidency?
Trump had incorrectly bragged to the press that he had won the electoral college by the widest spread in history since Ronald Reagan’s. After spouting that flagrant lie, Trump decided to address the facts emerging regarding ties between the Russian government and his administration. In typical fashion for the lie factory that has been the Trump presidency so far, he referred to the reporting by reputable news outlets on the scandal as “fake news”, and accused the media themselves of reporting lies.
At that point, the president decided to start taking questions from the press, and chastised the media for pushing the story about National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s clandestine communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak. That was where the trouble began.
Peter Alexander took the chance to call out the important question on every American’s mind who is concerned about Trump’s complete and utter disrespect for the truth.
“You said today that you had the biggest electoral margin since Ronald Reagan,” he said, and proceeded to read off a list of several presidents in the last 30 years who had enjoyed much larger margins of victory than the current president. “Why should Americans trust you?”
Trump argued that he had been speaking exclusively about Republican presidents, then stated that the information had been “given” to him. Trump finally replied, “I don’t know.”
Alexander continued to press the president.
‘Why should Americans trust you when you accuse the information they receive as being fake when you’re providing information that’s fake?’
For perhaps the first time in his brief career as commander-in-chief, Trump was completely at a loss for words. “I don’t know,” he reiterated, adding “I was given that information.”
Watch the full video below, courtesy of MSNBC and Twitter.
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) February 16, 2017
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