CNN, currently engaged in a battle to actually ban the term ‘fake news’ because it has become synonymous with it, last night conducted a panel debate on whether the President can ascertain reality at all.
Anderson Cooper suggested that Trump can persuade himself of falsehoods if he doesn’t like certain realities.
Cooper cited the infamous Access Hollywood tape, which CNN says, without verification, that Trump recently suggested may have been doctored.
Cooper noted that it “defies common sense” that Trump would talk about the “Access Hollywood” tape again, of course, there is no actual evidence that he did.
Cooper’s guest, former Clinton adviser David Gergen suggested that Trump may be living in an “alternative reality”:
“The degree to which he may be living occasionally in an alternative reality is very disturbing because it is so important when a president is there, making decisions about war or peace and other very significant decisions,” Gergen said.
“If he’s not quite sure what’s real and what’s not, that has serious implications for the safety and security of the country.” Gergan added.
Gergan further claimed that Trump has previously refuted provable facts.
“He changes his mind about what happens, and he actually starts believing the second version that it becomes a reality to him,” Gergen said.
“I don’t know whether he forgets what the first version was or not, but I think the real issue now is: Does he actually believe that it’s not his voice [in the tape]?” he added.