Over the weekend, you may have heard about an inflammatory quote by President Donald Trump which unfavorably compared a former American Vice President to a North Korean leader:

“Kim Jong Un is smarter and would make a better President than Sleepy Joe Biden,” the President said.

Wow.  That’s pretty bad.  I mean, it would be, if he had actually said this.  The source of the quote was Timemagazine columnist and editor-at-large Ian Bremmer. When Bremmer tweeted this “quote,” it went super viral.  Suddenly members of the media and anti-Trumpers had even more ammunition to use against the President.

Media Matters’ Andrew Lawrence, Democratic Representative Ted Lieu, and CNN’s Ana Navarro all lamented Trump’s quote, not realizing Bremmer had made the quote up.  

At first, Bremmer said it was some sort of satirical post, but finally he admitted that this was an “objectively ludicrous quote” and deleted it… after several hours.

I think he missed a class on satire.  If you’re a columnist for Time, you really shouldn’t be making up fake quotes just too get retweets.  But it seems that what Bremmer did.  

That doesn’t do much to dissuade us of the reality of this Fake News phenomenon we hear so much about.  

President Trump, of course, responded on Twitter.  “.@ianbremmer now admits that he MADE UP ‘a completely ludicrous quote,’ attributing it to me. This is what’s going on in the age of Fake News. People think they can say anything and get away with it. Really, the libel laws should be changed to hold Fake News Media accountable!”

I love to see President Trump holding these guys accountable.  I just regret that he has to do it so frequently.

Image Credit: Gage Skidmore on Flicker

Hat Tip: The Daily Wire

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.