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Trump Is Very Proud of Himself for Coming Up With the Term “Fake”

Donald Trump and then-rival candidate Mike Huckabee shake hands during the rally for veterans at Drake University on January 28, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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President Donald Trump sat down with an unabashed fan for an interview that was aired on Saturday and it included lots of strange moments. In one of the biggest eyebrow-raising moments, the president told his press secretary’s father that the word fake was “one of the greatest” terms he has come up with in his political life. “The media is—really, the word, I think one of the greatest of all terms I’ve come up with is ‘fake’,” Trump told former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee during the premiere of his show Huckabee on Christian television network TBN. “I guess other people have used it, perhaps, over the years, but I’ve never noticed it.”

This, of course, isn’t the first time the president seemed to say he was the creator of a common phrase. Remember when he was convinced he came up with the economic term priming the pump?

Trump also continued with his strategy of doubling down on his bad decisions. Sitting down with Huckabee, Trump mocked as spoilsports those who criticized the way he tossed rolls of paper towels into a crowd of hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. “They had these beautiful, soft towels, very good towels. And I came in and there was a crowd of a lot of people, and they were screaming and they were loving everything,” Trump said. “I was having fun, they were having fun.” According to the president, it was the crowd that asked him to start tossing the paper towels, and he was apparently powerless to resist. “They said, ‘throw ‘em to me! Throw ‘em to me Mr. President!’” Trump said. “You were a rock star,” Huckabee said.

As could be expected, Trump also took the opportunity to praise Huckabee’s daughter, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who he called a “great person, a great human being.” After all the gushing, the former governor was certainly happy with what he was hearing: “Just know that we will forever vote for you having just said that.”