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Here’s the Ugly Truth Behind Donald Trump’s ‘Jokes

Donald Trump is a serial liar. But there’s one placing where Trump tells the truth, the whole truth and nothing however the truth: when he tells “jokes.” This goes for Trump’s actual attempts at being funny collectively with the ones where he later claims it was a “joke” because the commentary sparked a backlash. We’ve all heard the expression “many a true word is spoken in jest.” Well, Trump is just taking that concept from the comedy club stage to the world stage.

The latest example got here at what I like to call Trump’s White Lives Matter rally Saturday, where he spoke of the “double-edged sword” of mass testing for COVID-19, stating, “When you do checking out to that extent, you are gonna find more people, you’re gonna find greater cases.” Trump then said, “So I said to my people, slow the testing down please.” He then added, “The younger man is 10 years old. He’s got the sniffles. He’ll recover in about 15 minutes. That’s a case!”

The Trump campaign defended the remarks as a joke, but still the backlash to this remark for the duration of a deadly pandemic was rightfully swift, with CNN’s Brianna Keilar asking a Trump campaign legit Monday if Trump thinks 120,000 dead Americans is “funny”?  But here’s the thing: Trump was indeed joking when he stated this, or his idea of joking, anyway. As much as it pains me to say, Trump can actually be deliberately funny at times. The comments were delivered in a manner designed to elicit laughs from the crowd and in reality did.

However, more importantly, Trump was sharing his truth with America. As Trump sees it, greater testing—while it will save lives since we can quarantine the sick—looks bad for him politically due to the fact it means more confirmed instances and solidifies the perception that he handled this crisis horribly. Any doubt was once eliminated Tuesday morning when Trump was asked about “joking,” to which he answered bluntly, “I don’t kid.”

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