Washington Post #BurgerFactCheck dept had the blackboards and calculators out late into the night. For America. pic.twitter.com/RJwnLTcKtY
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) January 15, 2019
Democracy dies in the darkness.
The White House announced Monday that “because the Democrats refuse to negotiate on border security” and “much of the residence staff at the White House is furloughed” the Clemson University football team, which just won the NCAA national championship and was coming to meet the president — would instead enjoy “some of everyone’s favorite fast foods,” which President Trump would personally pay for.
After the spread was laid out — including food from McDonalds, Wendy’s, Burger King, and Dominoe’s — Trump told reporters:
“We have the national champion team, as you know, Clemson Tigers, and they had a fantastic game against Alabama, and they’re all here, they’re right outside the room. And I think we’re going to let you see them, but I’ll bet you, as much food as we have, we have pizzas, we have 300 hamburgers, may, many French fries, all of our favorite foods. I want to see what’s here when we leave, because I don’t think it’s going to be much.” [Video]
Not so, a Washington Post’s “fact check,” reported. The Post’s Philip Bump published a 1,200 word opus taking apart the fast food spread in excruciatingly mundane detail, including that only “177” of the 319 sandwiches were in fact hamburgers. “Perhaps Trump’s ‘300’ hamburgers figure referred to all of the sandwiches,” Bump writes, “or perhaps they weren’t all put out at the outset.”
Bump’s article even included a detailed graphic showing how the food was organized: