Early this morning, President Trump took to Twitter to blast “FAKE NEWS media” reports about Russian ties to administration and campaign officials as made-up and reliant on imaginary sources. But at the same time, he said that the leaks concerning the Russian connections contain real information and come from government officials, vowing that the leakers—who he also said are not real—will be “caught.”
Trump, who just a few months ago told campaign rallies, “I love WikiLeaks!,” is now deriding leaks as “illegal” and accusing the media of promoting “conspiracy theories,” comparing the situation to Nazi Germany.
The irony of Trump, a pathological liar who has pushed dozens of conspiracy theories, criticizing journalists as conspiracy theorists making up fake sources (sources whom he simultaneously insists are real government officials who are leaking real information) is hard to overstate.
For example, Trump, who has said that if journalists “don’t name [their] sources, the sources don’t exist,” once claimed that an “extremely credible source” gave him information showing that President Obama was likely not born in the U.S.: