They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. And a video — well, that’s gotta be worth a million words, right? That is, unless you’re Donald Trump. According to him, a video could be nothing more than fake news.
In an early-morning Twitter rant, President Donald Trump called out several of his favorite “fake news media” outlets and landed hard on NBC News. Trump made a damning accusation about an interview with Lester Holt that took place 15 months ago in May 2017.
At the time, Trump had just fired FBI Director James Comey, a controversial decision as Comey was leading the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election. The president sat down with Holt to explain why he fired Comey.
Now, Trump says NBC News and Lester Holt fudged that interview.
The president provided no further details or evidence that would lead him to the conclusion that NBC News or Holt altered or faked the video.
But one can’t ignore the significance of this particular interview. Many accused Trump of admitting to obstruction of justice, a felony, after sitting down with Holt. When pressed to give reason as to why he abruptly fired the FBI director, Trump said, “I was going to fire Comey, knowing there was no good time to do it. And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘Ya know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election.”
It’s important to also note that Trump has not been formally accused of obstruction of justice, or any other crime, after the interview or since, despite public opinion following his words.
However, Trump bringing the interview to light again more than a year after it occurred left much of the same public asking themselves, “Why?” They left their various — some serious, some not — theories on Twitter.