President Donald Trump was interviewed by TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer on March 22, discussing the manner in which he handled truth and falsehood throughout his life and into his presidency.
Trump has been criticized by many throughout his campaign and presidency for playing fast with the truth. Fact-checker Politico gives Trump a pretty dire record, 49% of his statements are classified as "false," or "pants on fire," while only 16% are labelled "true" or "mostly true."
So, it should come as no surprise that the interview is being torn apart online. Why? Here are a few things that people noticed.
Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star noted that 14 of Trump's claims during the interview are potentially false.
Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times highlighted this quote.
Trump saying "I'm President and you're not" in an interview with Time Magazine is his entire being distilled into one quote— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) March 23, 2017
While Bess Kalb highlighted this choice exchange.
Hopefully this one counts:
These sentiments feels way too real:
Trump's Time interview is about as coherent as someone trying to recap the Lord of the Rings after only seeing one Gollum meme.— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) March 23, 2017
Honestly, we can't say that we're surprised. During Trump's first press conference as president, he incorrectly claimed that he had won the electoral college in the biggest landslide since Ronald Reagan. In reality, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama all won by far greater margins. Factor in Kellyanne Conway's 'Alternative Facts' and we're in for an interesting four years.