Telling the difference between a Comedy Central stand-up show, or an SNL sketch, and Donald Trump performance is becoming harder day by day. In his latest act, the Republican presidential nominee patted himself on the back for calling the weekend attack in Manhattan a “bombing” before officials did.
“What I said was exactly correct,” Trump boasted in an interview on “Fox and Friends on Monday.” “I should be a newscaster because I called it before the news.”
As a common sense rule, Presidents ― and presidential candidates, for that matter ― don’t make pronouncements about emergencies until some of the facts have come in. But at a rally in Colorado Springs on Saturday, Trump told the crowd that a bomb had just gone off in New York City, even though police had not yet said exactly what happened.
This isn’t the first time Trump has taken credit for predicting or diagnosing such an attack. Shortly after the shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, which left 49 dead, Trump infamously tweeted that he “appreciate[d] the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism.”