It’s one of those expected things for any public official to face criticism. It just happens to go with the territory.
If you are in the public arena and you don’t have someone criticizing you for something it could be considered an accident. Which is why when people criticize President Trump or any other elected official I don’t exactly get flustered over it.
It is one thing entirely to have someone go after you for a point of disagreement where there would be an opinion on either side. However, when you have someone saying something about someone that just plain isn’t true is when you get into a dangerous place.
Depending on how convincing the person telling the lie is, you can have people actually believing them even though they are so full of it that their eyes are brown.
A purported foreign policy expert, author, columnist for Time magazine and New York University professor named Ian Bremmer recently fabricated and perpetuated — at least for a short time — a completely made-up quote from President Donald Trump about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and former Vice President Joe Biden, who’s running for president in 2020.
That false quote contained in a tweet — the veritable epitome of “fake news” — was seized on by countless Trump critics and shared on social media with reckless abandon on Sunday until it was eventually deleted.
The fake quote sparked so much controversy that on Monday, even Trump himself weighed in on the matter to slam the perpetrator.
The Washington Examiner‘s Jerry Dunleavy called out Bremmer with a string of tweets on Sunday where he noted how incredibly serious and impactful the supposed quote would be … if it was real.
Dunleavy soon noted that Bremmer had admitted the quote was manufactured, and though he initially attempted to defend it, eventually deleted the tweet that contained it.
“President Trump in Tokyo: ‘Kim Jong Un is smarter and would make a better President than Sleepy Joe Biden,’” Bremmer had said.
Faced with questions abut the accuracy of the quote, Bremmer suggested it was “plausible,” then claimed it was acceptable as a “comment on the state of media and the twitterverse today.”
Prior to Bremmer posting his now-deleted tweets, Kim issued critical insults against Biden, according to Fox News — insults that Trump had keyed in on and jokingly played up in a tweet. Those insults were the likely impetus for Bremmer’s manufactured quote.
Much more seriously, Trump tweeted Monday, “[email protected] now admits that he MADE UP ‘a completely ludicrous quote,’ attributing it to me. This is what’s going on in the age of Fake News. People think they can say anything and get away with it. Really, the libel laws should be changed to hold Fake News Media accountable!”