It was all Hollywood so I was skeptical of Trump's choice of words. But with one word in it, I was almost certain that the story was somehow inaccurate.
I've checked every word Trump has spoken since his inauguration. I can tell you that if this President passes on an anecdote designating someone as "sir," an integral part of the anecdote is most likely wrong.
Many people call Trump "sir," sure. But the word seems to come to his mind more often when he invents or transmits a conversation than when he faithfully passes it on. A "sir" is a flashing red light, which he speaks more from his imagination than from his memory.
In poker parlance, it's a Tell.
Trump has told false "sir" stories in every aspect: Healthcare, Middle East, Courts, Trade Unions and just last week both tariffs and social media. But no genre of Trump history is more reliable than his collection of suspiciously similar stories about macho men erupting in tears of gratitude in his presence.
Speaking in January, Trump painted a colorful picture of the "tough, tough" farmers, ranchers, and builders behind him in 201
7 when he signed an executive order to repeal a water ordinance. "Half of them cried," he told the American Farm Bureau Federation, especially a man so tough he would not have cried as a baby. "
" He cried, "Trump repeated." He said, 'Sir, you have given me back my life. They have returned my property to me. "
Touching, if true. Absolutely not true.
The signing ceremony took place in front of the camera. The video, still available on the YouTube channel of the White House is, shows that no one has been crying behind Trump.
The "sir" is often attributed to a person impressed, surprised or outsmarted by Trump At a rally in October, Trump said the following about the Veterans Choice Health Program: "I said: & # 39; I have the best idea. We will do that. If a veteran needs to wait, we will do it Send it to a private doctor, we'll pay the bill. "What a genius – I said, I said, how good is that? They said, "Sir, we've been trying to do it for 44 years."
If it was a genius, it was a Trump Nemesis – or a coalition of them – the Veterans Choice program was launched in 2014 at a bipartisan congress led by Senators John McCain (R-Arizona) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) passed and incorporated into the bill by President Barack Obama The Trump Bill signed in 2018, the VA MISSION Act, modified and expanded the Choice program, but did not create it.
I'm writing now Trump's "sir" factories have been running for over a year, and with Twitter's ridicule about these stories, Trump has not slowed down a bit in a talk on social media on Thursday, Trump claimed that people had turned to him for to follow him on Twitter, but refuse him the opportunity: "I have people coming up to me: 'Sir, we want to follow you. They will not let us go. "
We do not know what someone might have told Trump in a private conversation, but there is no evidence that Twitter keeps people from following him.
In his business speech in Milwaukee on Friday, Trump made a report on how he decided to grant aid of $ 16 billion to peasants who were injured by his wage battle with China.
"I went to ( Minister of Agriculture) Sonny Perdue, "said Trump," and I said, "Sonny, how much has China spent in – in just about the biggest year?" He said, "$ 16 billion, sir." I said: "Here's what I do. I'm giving our farmers $ 16 billion in tariffs. & # 39; "
As you might have expected, Trump's figure was not nearly accurate: while Trump announced a $ 16 billion bailout in May, China spent nearly twice as much in its biggest year, according to the Department of Agriculture – $ 29.6 billion.
My "sir" suspicion did not betray me on Trump's Iran tweet last month, and later on the day of its release, CNN reported that a White House official said Trump was much earlier received an accident estimate as "10 minutes before the strike." The New York Times reported that a government official said Trump had been given the number "150 people" by White House lawyers, not in a cinematic exchange with a general  The specific nature of the incorrectness changes throughout history, the incessant inaccuracy does not change, sir.