If you have been watching Saturday Night Live for as many years as I have, you’ll probably remember the character known as “The Pathological Liar.” Comedian Jon Lovitz played the liar, named Tommy Flanagan.
It was hilarious to watch him lie about his own fabulous achievements. One clip from the show featured Tommy Flanagan making a public service announcement for “Pathological Liars Anonymous.” He started out by explaining how he had become a liar. By the end of the clip, he claimed to be the President of the group, to have served in Vietnam at the age of 13, to be a three star general and the winner of a Pulitzer Prize in journalism.
His best line was when he claimed to be on the cover of Newsweek “every day.”
On SNL, the idea of a guy this delusional was really funny.
In the White House, it’s a lot more unsettling.
We saw the exact same pattern of lies few days ago, from our very own President Donald Trump (as absurd as it seems, that part is true. He really is President.) Last week the President declared, with a straight face worthy of Tommy Flanagan, that he has just completed “one of the most successful starts of any President.”
With his delusions firmly in place, Trump ignored the complete failure of his attempted travel bans. He conveniently ignored the firing of Mike Flynn because of his Russia ties. In fact, he totally skipped over the fact that he and his people are under investigation by the FBI and both houses of Congress.
Somehow or other, he even forgot that his big promise to “repeal and replace” Obama care was a total and colossal bust.
Instead, like the members of “Pathological Liars Anonymous,” he made stuff up.
Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, Trump said:
I think we’ve had one of the most successful 13 weeks in the history of the presidency.”
As proof of this delusional statement, Trump referred to reports of increased job creation, his negotiations to lower future costs for replacing Air Force One, and his plans to beef up the military.
Most people would recognize the fact that his negatives far, far outweigh his accomplishments so far, but denial and delusion are powerful strategies. This President can exaggerate like few others.
Remember Sean Spicer’s first press conference? The one where he insisted that his Inauguration Day crowd was the largest in history. Period.
President Trump even exaggerates time. He has actually been in office only 11 weeks.
Watch the video below, and see the crazy similarities between Flanagan and Trump.