Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski couldn’t believe Donald Trump’s false claims made yesterday — and many times before — that his father Fred was born in Germany. In fact Fred Trump was born in the Bronx, in New York City, in 1905.
During today’s show Brzezinski played a series of video clips showing the numerous times that the president misrepresented the birthplace of his father. Like many others, she expressed disbelief that the President of the United States doesn’t know what country his own father was born in.
“You’re a birther — how do you not know where your parents were born?” Brzezinski exclaimed. “How can you get that wrong so many times? I’m just — it’s vexing.”
The Morning Joe co-host then asked the other panelists if they could offer any explanation for what caused Trump to make his bizarre claims.
“I was born in Germany, so I can speak to this,” said a Morning Joe guest, author Mark Leibovich. “No, I mean, it is curious. It is not kind of a standard variety lie, necessarily. What do you gain from it?”
“He has these asides,” Leibovich continued. “‘I’m German, my father was German.’ Something you can drop into a conversation. It’s almost as if he wants it lyrically, the phrase, to include a kind of, you know, falsehood in a weird way. I don’t know, I don’t quite know where it gets him or what he is trying to do.”
MSNBC contributor Elise Jordan said it was one of the many bizarre tics the president demonstrates on a daily basis.
“I don’t think we’ve ever seen anyone on the world stage with such a five-minute window of attention span,” she said, “where if he thinks in the moment saying his father was German, a blatant lie, is going to gain him praise, he’ll do it.”
Trump is Such a Pathological Liar That He Often Doesn’t Know He Is Lying
When you watch the video clips that Mika Brzezinski played today it becomes apparent that Donald Trump doesn’t even know that he is lying about his father’s birth country. Telling falsehoods is so commonplace to the president that it has become second nature. He does it automatically, without even being aware of it.
He also may be senile, and suffering from dementia.
Donald Trump poses a danger to America because of his unstable mental state, and because he lies so often, about everything.
But perhaps a bigger danger is the fact that so many people — including his supporters who plan to vote for him — are willing to accept his lies.
When the truth doesn’t matter in politics and government, then we know we are in real trouble. Hopefully the frightening reign of Donald Trump will end soon and we can restore the importance of Truth in the operations of the United States government.
I am a lifelong Democrat with a passion for social justice and progressive issues. I have degrees in writing, economics and law from the University of Iowa.