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Michael Steele Comes up With Lie Detector Test for Trump

When Donald Trump really wants to hammer home a point, he normally points to all of the people who agree with him. He will rely on language like, “many people are saying” or “a lot of people think” to relay a piece of information.

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Michael Steele appeared on Nicolle Wallace’s MSNBC show yesterday and spoke directly about this strategy by Trump. He told Wallace that the media needs to treat any word that comes out of the President’s mouth after these words as a lie.

The former Republican National Committee chairman explained, “America, here’s your tell. Whenever the president says, ‘I heard,’ shut it down, stop it, call it a lie and move on because the next sentence, word, phrase out of his mouth will be a lie.”

Wallace then brought up a friend named “Jimmy” who Trump also references. Steele replied, “Jimmy doesn’t exist. Jimmy is in his head. Jimmy is running from this eyeball to that eyeball, OK, do you understand that? This is where Jimmy plays, he’s right here.”

Earlier this week, CNN reporter Daniel Dale discussed another tic of Trump’s with host Brooke Baldwin. Dale theorizes that Trump is lying when he tells a story where he is referred to as sir.

According to Dale, “If Trump tells a story in which an unnamed person calls him ‘sir,’ it’s probably invented. If Trump claims he has set a record, he probably hasn’t. If Trump cites any number at all, the real number is usually smaller.”

You can watch a video of Steele’s full segment with Wallace here:



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