President Donald Trump has little credibility.
On Monday, FBI Director James Comey testified to the Intelligence Committee of the House of Representatives that his bureau, as yet, had no evidence to sustain Trump's statements on Twitter about a wiretap by former President Barack Obama.
When his credibility was called into question, Trump's reaction was to spin a Comey statement.
This was not what Comey had said. Comey said that there was no evidence that Russian hackers changed any votes in the election.
He also said that Trump's ties to Russia were currently under investigation by the FBI, as were Russian efforts to influence the US election by supporting Trump and allegedly leaking Hillary Clinton's emails.
During the very same hearing, Comey was asked about the above tweet, and clarified that Trump had misconstrued his words.
The result is that the President's approvals have declined from their abysmal starting point, and he's nowhere near the popularity of his predecessor.
If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure, which speaks to the damage that Mr. Trump is doing to his Presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.
The editorial barrages on, which such cutting lines as:
... The President clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle...
He survived his many false claims as a candidate because his core supporters treated it as mere hyperbole and his opponent was untrustworthy Hillary Clinton. But now he’s President, and he needs support beyond the Breitbart cheering section that will excuse anything.
It finishes on the line:
If he doesn’t show more respect for the truth most Americans may conclude he’s a fake President.
Given his approvals, it seems more and more people are making that conclusion daily.
The reaction to the editorial was thick with mirth:
You can read the full copy of the Wall Street Journal article here.