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Americans must accept that none of these things ever happened

Dana Milbank on

WASHINGTON -- Oh no, he didn't.

I believe President Trump when he says "I never called Meghan Markle 'nasty.'" I believe him even though Britain's Sun newspaper published an interview with Trump the day before in which he referred to the Duchess of Sussex with that very word -- and even though the Sun has a recording.

Likewise, I believed Trump when he visited Britain last year and said "I didn't criticize the prime minister"-- even though the Sun also had a recorded interview of him that time, criticizing Prime Minister Theresa May.

And I am fully prepared to believe Trump tomorrow if he says "I never called Sadiq Khan a 'stone cold loser'" -- even though Trump, landing in Britain on Monday, called the London mayor just that in a tweet that misspelled Khan's name and also mocked him for being short.

I believe all this and more because the alternative is unthinkable: that our great nation inflicted on the world a president who is, well, a stone cold loser, boorish and ignorant.

Therefore I plan to do as Trump does: live today as if yesterday never happened. But it's not enough to imagine away this week's name-calling. To preserve national dignity, Americans must accept that none of the following ever happened:

 

Trump did not shove the prime minister of Montenegro and he didn't declare that he "fell in love" with the dictator of North Korea. He didn't hang up on the Australian prime minister, nor attack the pope on Twitter. He didn't use a phony accent to imitate the Indian prime minister, nor make fun of Chinese leaders' eyewear. He didn't refer to African nations and Haiti as "shithole countries."

At no time did Trump confuse the Baltics with the Balkans. Never did he tastelessly comment on the French first lady's body. He certainly did not invent the country of "Nambia," nor did he boast about selling Norway a fighter jet that only exists in a computer game. He didn't mispronounce Nepal as "nipple."

Under no circumstance did Trump assert that "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea," nor did he believe North Korea's dictator over Japan's prime minister. He most definitely did not land in Israel and announce: "We just got back from the Middle East." He didn't skip a visit to a U.S. military cemetery in France because of a little rain. He didn't accept Vladimir Putin's word over that of U.S. intelligence, and when told "do not congratulate" Putin on his rigged election victory, he did not congratulate.

He didn't refer to Brussels as a "hellhole" nor assert that "Belgium is a beautiful city." And spelling the British prime minister's name as that of a British porn actress? Never happened.

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