Welcome to President Trump's Reality

January 26, 2017 - Laurence Fishburne 01/26/2017 Views: 303,518

In President Trump's first interview since taking office, he praises Fox News's coverage of his CIA speech and defends a ban on immigrants from Muslim-majority countries. (8:08)

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Because, you know,it's been almost a week,

a whole week since Donald Trumpbecame president.

-But... but it feels...-(audience booing)

Yeah. It feelslike a lot longer, right?

(audience voicing assent)

Like in Trump's presidency,one day is like a year.

I mean, this was me last Friday.

-Look how innocent I was.-(laughter)

Look at me. Look how I've aged!

It's hard to believethat in less than seven days,

we've had an inauguration packedwith empty space...


...worldwide proteststhat made it acceptable

to say "pussy" in any context...

(cheers and applause)

...confirmations,executive orders,

Sean Spicer lyingabout how he'd never lie,

and to top it all off,Kellyanne Conway came in

to say that the week didn't happen

because there areno such things as weeks,

only alternative days.


Now, outsideof a couple formal speeches,

you realizewe haven't had a chance

to see President Trump himselfon the job.

But yesterday, he gavethe first television interview

from his new home officeat The White House,

or as he calls it,the Mar-a-Lago of the north.

-(laughter)-But think about it.

We've only ever knownTrump the candidate,

but yesterday, we got introducedto Trump, the president,

who we learned is a man who,from the get-go, is determined

to create his own reality,

startingwith how he gets the news.

You took some heatafter your visit to the CIA,

in front of that hallowed wall,

117 stars of those lostat the CIA.

That speech was a homerun.

That speech--if you look at Fox, okay...

I'll mention, and your net...Read... See what Fox said.

They said it was oneof the great speeches.

There was love in the room.

You and other networkscovered it very inaccurately.

I hate to say this to you, andyou probably won't put it on,

but turn on Foxand see how it was covered.

-I love how he says "Fox."-(laughter)

But you see that there? Yeah.

If the news is criticalof Donald Trump, it's fake news.

-Only praise is real news.-(audience voicing assent)

Which is insane,and it's also crazy

-that all he does is watch Fox.-(laughter)

He doesn't want to read,

he doesn't wantto have briefings.

Trump watches Foxto get his news!

You realize the reasonthat we need the news

is because we don't havewhat the president has,

-which is all the information!-(laughter)

And then Trump is turning onthe news going,

-"I wonder what I do today."-(laughter)

"I wonder what happens."

-You are the news!-(laughter)

Can you imaginehow this must feel for the FBI,

where they come in,and then he's like,

"Guys, did you knowabout the shootings in Chicago?"

And they're like,"Yeah, we wrote about it

in the report every day!"

Now you realize what the CIAand FBI have to do.

You know what they should do?

They should start making littlevideos for Trump to watch.

They should make newsespecially for him,

'cause he's like little child.

They're gonna have to come up

and make, like,a little production for him.

Just like... (imitatestrumpet playing fanfare)

It's CIA News!Today, Donald Trump,

the great Donald Trump needsto know how to fight ISIS!

And Trump will be like,"Yay! That's me!" -(laughter)

-"I'm on the news! ISIS Bad!"-(applause and cheering)

"Donald Trump good! Yay!"

(applause and cheering continue)

It's his own reality!

He only accepts that news.

So we learnedthat President Trump

only acknowledges the mediathat praises him,

and also, acknowledges onlythe citizens who voted for him.

Many of these people werethe forgotten men and women,

many of them, and they lovedwhat I had to say.

Part of my whole victorywas that

the men and womenof this country

who have been forgottenwill never be forgotten again.

The forgotten men and women.

They're not forgotten anymorebecause they came out and voted.

(as Trump): I keep a little noteon my fridge.

It says, "Don't forgetto never forget

"the forgotten men and womenwe forgot.

That way I never forgetwhat I just forgot about."


-(applause and cheering)-What does that mean?

Here's another way

President Trump only workswithin his own reality.

It has to do with his executiveorder to block immigration

from a numberof Muslim countries.

It's countries that havetremendous terror,

uh, and it's countries thatpeople are going to come in

and cause ustremendous problems.

Let me ask youabout some of the countries

that won't be on the list.

Afghanistan, Pakistan,Saudi Arabia...

I don't want terrorin this country.

You look at what happenedin San Bernardino,

you look at what happenedall over.

You look at what happenedin the World Trade Center.

Okay? I mean,take that as an example.

Oh, okay, okay.

Let's take that as an example.

These are the countriesTrump will ban people from.

In the San Bernardino shooting,one of the terrorists

was a U.S.-born citizen.

The other personwas from Pakistan,

a country not on Trump's list.

Or let's look at 9/11.

All the hijackers camefrom these four countries.

None of them on Trump's list.

What he's doingdoesn't solve his problem.

It's like if you got pregnant,and then afterwards you said,

"This is never happening again!

"From now on, I'm only wearingcondoms on all my hands!

-"Yeah! Yeah!-(applause)

Problem solved!"

Here's the most disconcertingpart of the interview for me.

It's not just how Donald Trumpperceives reality,

it's the fact that as president

he's now powerful enoughto shape it.

Three to five millionillegal votes.

That would bethe biggest electoral fraud

in American history.

Where is the evidence of that?

You look at the dead people

that are registered to votewho vote,

you look at people thatare registered in two states.

When you say, in your opinion,millions of illegal votes,

that is something that isextremely fundamental

to our functioning democracy--

-Sure. Sure. Sure.-a fair and free election.

You say you're gonna launch

-an investigation into this.-Sure. Done.


(whispers):I see dead people.


(applause, cheering)

Who is this?

You do understand...because Donald Trump

truly believes that he shouldhave won the popular vote,

the federal government will nowspend a ton of money and time

investigatingnonexistent voter fraud,

which is not going to find you

the two-state registeredMexican ghosts who are voting.

But instead,all that's gonna happen is

it's gonna end up as an excuse

to restrict moreAmerican citizens from voting.

That's all that's gonna happen.That's all that's...

And by the way, dead peopleusing their power to vote?

That's the weirdest Walking Dead episode ever.

-That is just strange.-(applause, whooping)

It's another reality.

So... so here we are,

one weekinto Trump's presidency,

and the realizationis beginning to dawn.

The difference between candidateTrump and President Trump

is that now we have to livein his crazy reality.

And that fact hit mewhen Trump said this.

David, David...

I mean, I know you'rea sophisticated guy.

The world is a mess.

The world is as angryas it gets.

Well, you think this is gonnacause a little more anger?

The world is an angry place.

Jesus, dude.

If he's gonna talk like that,

I feel like he needsa different style of makeup.

David, David...

I mean, I know you'rea sophisticated guy.

-(audience cheering)-The world is a mess.

The world is as angryas it gets.

Well, you think this is gonnacause a little more anger?

The world is an angry place.


We're all his hostage.

He's taken over our world.

Oh, and one more thing.

That was better than Jared Leto.