In an interview with New York Times reporters Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush on Wednesday, President Donald Trump spent some time talking about his all-time favorite topic: people who have wronged him. This time, it was Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland.
Here's President Trump's statement:
TRUMP: Elijah Cummings [a Democratic representative from Maryland] was in my office and he said, “You will go down as one of the great presidents in the history of our country.”
TRUMP: And then he went out and I watched him on television yesterday and I said, “Was that the same man?”
TRUMP: But I said, and I liked him, but I said that was really nice. He said, in a group of people, “You will go down as one of the great presidents in the history of our country.” And then I watched him on television and I said, “Is that the same man that said that to me?”
During my meeting with the president and on several occasions since then, I have said repeatedly that he could be a great president if … if … he takes steps to truly represent all Americans rather than continuing on the divisive and harmful path he is currently on.
Oh… that's different. How could Donald Trump have misheard Elijah Cummings so badly? Twitter has plenty of theories.
Cummings: "You can have ice cream if you finish your peas."— Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) April 6, 2017
Trump, not eating peas: ELIJAH SAID I COULD HAVE ICE CREAM! https://t.co/4hMiH84KKj
The best explanation for this highly implausible Elijah Cummings quote is that Trump has mixed up his black people. https://t.co/5kzyOPgowd— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) April 6, 2017