Donald Trump and Mike Pence sat down last night on 60 Minutes with Lesley Stahl in their first interview together. They differed on many subjects, but one contradiction from Trump stands out. Trump claims he was against the Iraq War “from the beginning” (he wasn’t) and has often and consistently attacked Hillary Clinton and her support for the Iraq War.
When asked at the 0:45 mark of the above video (sorry about the quality, CBS’s video embed was not working), Trump and Stahl have this exchange:
TRUMP: Yeah, you went to Iraq, but that was handled so badly. And that was a war– by the way, that was a war that we shouldn’t have entered because Iraq did not knock down–excuse me
STAHL: Your running mate–
TRUMP: Iraq did not–
STAHL: –voted for it.
TRUMP: I don’t care.
STAHL: What do you mean you don’t care that he voted for?
TRUMP: It’s a long time ago. And he voted that way and they were also misled. A lot of information was given to people.
STAHL: But you’ve harped on this.
TRUMP: But I was against the war in Iraq from the beginning.
STAHL: Yeah, but you’ve used that vote of Hillary’s that was the same as Governor Pence as the example of her bad judgment.
TRUMP: Many people have, and frankly, I’m one of the few that was right on Iraq.
STAHL: Yeah, but what about he–
TRUMP: He’s entitled to make a mistake every once in a while.
STAHL: But she’s not? OK, come on–
TRUMP: But she’s not–
STAHL: She’s not?
TRUMP: No. She’s not.
STAHL: Got it.
Trump’s disconnect from the truth is so ingrained, so central to his way of thinking, that a respected journalist tells him that he is contradicting himself in a fundamental way, and he says he “doesn’t care.” He doesn’t care that what he is saying can’t possibly be true. He said that Pence is “entitled to make a mistake once in a while” but admits in the same breath that Hillary Clinton is not to be excused for making the exact same mistake.