Trump has no 'proof' — and here's the proof of that
Donald Trump is a scabrous shart goblin who on a good day looks like a deep-fried whale scrotum and on a bad day looks like Donald Trump.*
He has the intellectual heft of a vole flatus and the morals of Dick Cheney’s molted reptile hide.
Worst of all, you can’t count on him for anything. If he’d been a character in the movie Alive, he would have started eating survivors within the first 15 minutes. “Believe me” is to the ‘10s what “I’m searching for the real killers” was to the ‘90s.
Now he’s calling a congresswoman — and, by extension, a grieving military mother — a liar.
According to Rep. Frederica Wilson, Trump told Myeshia Johnson, the wife of fallen soldier La David Johnson, that La David “knew what he signed up for … but when it happens, it hurts anyway.”
La David Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, later confirmed Wilson’s account to The Washington Post.
Cue utterly starkers 3 a.m. attack on newly grieving military family in 3 … 2 … 1.
Trump, of course, denied that it went down that way.
He has no proof. How do we know he has no proof? Because he’s Donald Trump.
There’s a record.
Indeed, we searched and searched, and the closest we came to proof of Trump’s boundless compassion is this uncannily accurate reenactment we found on YouTube:
That’s the best you're going to get, because Trump’s got nothin’. He just doesn’t. We’ve seen this movie before.
This is a common Trump tactic: Be revealed as a soulless ghoul, tell some unprovable lie about having evidence that exonerates you, and wait for the next news cycle to wash the whole mess away.
He’s done this numerous times before.
Here are just a few examples:
After the release of the Access Hollywood tape, numerous women came forward alleging Trump harassed or assaulted them. Trump deflected, saying, “We already have substantial evidence to dispute these lies, and it will be made public in an appropriate way, and at an appropriate time, very soon." He didn’t. All his campaign could come up with was an easily debunked New York Post story that featured a serial hoaxster who claimed, implausibly, that one of the alleged attacks couldn’t have happened the way the accuser said it did.
On December 31, 2016, Trump claimed that he knew "things that other people don't know" about Russia's hacking and interference in the election, and he promised to reveal the information the following week. No such proof ever came.
During an April 2011 interview with the Today show, Trump claimed he had sent investigators to Hawaii to uncover the truth about Barack Obama's birth certificate. "They cannot believe what they're finding," he said. Nothing ever came of this. Trump never explained what happened to his phantom investigators, or what their findings were.
In July 2016, Trump claimed that the Democrats were trying to rig the debates by scheduling two of them opposite big NFL games. Later, in an interview with George Stephanopoulos, Trump said, "I’ll tell you what I don’t like. It’s against two NFL games. I got a letter from the NFL saying, 'This is ridiculous.'” The NFL later responded through a spokesperson: "We did not send a letter to Trump."
On March 3, 2016, Trump was taking heat over the now-defunct Trump University during a Fox News debate, and he countered the criticism by citing what he claimed were positive ratings from the Better Business Bureau. During a break, Trump handed the debate moderators a piece of paper and said, "Better Business Bureau just sent it ... this just came in." Presumably the document bolstered Trump's claims that the BBB had elevated Trump U's rating to an "A." The Better Business Bureau quickly responded: "A video released by Independent Journal implies that BBB sent a fax in the middle of last night's Republican debate, which we did not. The BBB Business Review of Trump Entrepreneur Initiative (formerly Trump University) has shown 'No Rating' continually since September 2015. The photo tweeted out after the debate last night did not show the current BBB Business Review or the current rating."
Most famously, Trump strongly implied that he had tapes of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, and that those tapes would vindicate the president. “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump tweeted. He later admitted that no such tapes existed.
So, yeah, Trump is lying. He knows his base is watching, and he knows they’re dumb enough to believe the word of a serial liar over a grieving mother who, still mired in the depths of her despair, has no conceivable reason to make up a story about the most powerful and vindictive man on the planet.
So now reporters have their work cut out for them. They can’t let Trump get away with this again. They need to follow up on his “proof” tomorrow … and the next day … and the day after that … and every day until he answers.
While they’re at it, they should ask him where his Hawaii investigators are, and what they found. They need to insist that he cough up the NFL letter. And with the Harvey Weinstein allegations providing a timely news peg, now is the time to ask Trump why he never produced any real evidence that his accusers were lying.
Reporters, it’s time to do your jobs. We need you now more than ever.
*This lede has no real relevance to the rest of the diary but is included here on the off chance that Barron Trump one day Googles “’Donald Trump’ + ‘whale scrotum’ + ‘shart goblin’.”