Primarily because of documents

Trump shyly confesses that he doesn’t watch much tv, he’s too much of a bookworm.

Over the weekend, as Air Force One made its way to Vietnam, President Trump was questioned about Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. Wasn’t it time, Trump was asked, for the president to cut his support of Moore, given a spate of allegations about his behavior with teenage girls several decades ago?

“Well, again,” Trump replied, “I’ve been with you folks, so I haven’t gotten to see too much. And believe it or not, even when I’m in Washington and New York, I do not watch much television. I know they like to say — people that don’t know me — they like to say I watch television. People with fake sources — you know, fake reporters, fake sources. But I don’t get to watch much television, primarily because of documents. I’m reading documents a lot, and different things.”

Oh yes, documents. He’s reading them a lot, and absorbing nothing. At any rate, people who know him know he always has his nose in a book and never watches that box that holds the Fox News stories. Never. The fact that he so frequently tweets what they just said is pure magical coincidence.

Notice, though, that his response reveals how he takes in news: by seeing it. He doesn’t say, “I haven’t gotten to read too much.” And in case you think he’s using “see” in the broader sense of seeing things on TV or online, he quickly explains that he’s talking about television.

Which he says does not watch much.

After he left Vietnam, he traveled to the Philippines for a summit. While there, he was subjected to a horrifying experience: Being “forced” to watch CNN.

He was captured by terrorists while he was there? Why weren’t we told?

There are multiple levels of weirdness here. Who did the forcing? Couldn’t he have chosen to not watch any television at all? Isn’t feeling compelled to watch television an odd thing to cop to days after insisting that you don’t watch a lot of television?

They had a gun to his head, I tell you! They swore he would never eat ice cream again if he didn’t watch.

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