So on the old board, one thing I found fascinating was this specific kind of lie that Trump is fond of: make public statements; then, later make other public statements that contradict earlier ones, as though he never made them, or people don’t have memories, or any sort of recording devices. It’s become a cliche to use the term, but it’s gaslighting–and I like how he blames the media here for . . . what? . . . broadcasting or publishing things that he says. And I don’t recall other presidents doing this. It’s like Obama coming out and saying, Hey, I never said "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor! That’s a media lie!"
He [Rosenstein] made a recommendation, he’s highly respected, very good guy, very smart guy. The Democrats like him, the Republicans like him. He made a recommendation. But regardless of [the] recommendation, I was going to fire Comey. Knowing there was no good time to do it!
And in fact when I decided to just do it I said to myself, I said, “You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.”
“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
I realize my thread title question is rhetorical, as the answer is: because he can and his supporters don’t care. But how do you process this kind of jarring, dishonest insanity?