Donald Trump shocked many, including visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Monday when he launched into an impromptu, unsolicited and factually-suicidal spiel about being happy to mediate on the Kashmir issue. The US President claimed that PM Modi had asked him to when they met in Japan for the G-20 - a statement that was refuted. However, this is hardly the first lie that Trump has said, even on that particular day. In fact, that the US President believes the truth to be brittle if not malleable, is evident from this interaction from 2017.
President Trump said in an interview two years ago that it was okay for him to lie since people agreed with him. He reiterated his belief that there were millions of illegal votes cast in the presidential elections.
Referring to a series of high-profile Republicans who opposed Trump's false claim, the World News Tonight anchor David Muir asked Trump if he thought that talking about millions of illegal votes was dangerous to the USA without presenting any form of evidence. Trump responded to the question by saying that he did not feel so because there were many people who felt the same way as he did. He further added that millions of people agreed with him when he spoke about it. He said that many other networks had shown people agreeing with Trump and hence they were smart people.
Trump might have been right about the mood of the public as a Washington Post-ABC News poll in September showed almost half of Americans believed that voter frauds happened often. However, another research survey conducted shortly after the elections also revealed that half of the Republicans incorrectly believed that Trump won the popular vote over Hillary Clinton.