In other words, if the president says somebody treated him with respect, he's almost certainly lying.
It's not breaking news that Donald Trump, the unelected president of the United States, is a pathological liar. But CNN reporter Daniel Dale follows Trump relentlessly, fact-checking his every grunt and squeal, and has pinpointed a certain "tell" Trump has, that says, "HEY-O, dumb motherfucker 'bout to lie!"
A couple of Trump's lying "tells" probably quickly come to readers' minds. For instance, if he says "many people are saying," that tends to mean either that zero important people are saying, or that literally nobody is saying. Similarly, as former RNC chair Michael Steele pointed out, if Trump says, "I heard," he is about to drop a nuclear bomb of lies. Oh yeah, and "believe me." Holy shit, are there any words Donald Trump says that don't predict impending lies?
But the one Dale noticed is pretty funny, and it's that whenever Trump tells a story wherein he says somebody called him "sir," he is absolutely 100 percent of the time lying. He's talking about an imaginary friend, he's making up a story, and in these imaginary stories, his imaginary friends give him the respect he so desperately craves, yet does not deserve.
Isn't that sad and pathetic?