Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Apparently our Creamsicle-colored commander in chief has spent so much time basking in the artificial glow of tanning beds that he can’t even understand when someone is throwing shade at him.

In a conversation with the newspaper he calls “the failing New York Times,” Donald Trump boasted that Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)—who has repeatedly demonstrated his willingness to speak truth to the Trump administration’s autocratic power—heaped praise on the doll-handed dictator in a private meeting.

Advertisement

“Elijah Cummings was in my office and he said, ‘You will go down as one of the great presidents in the history of our country,’” Trump told the New York Times, according to transcripts from a Wednesday interview.

“Really,” replied the Times’ Maggie Haberman.

Advertisement

“And then he went out, and I watched him on television yesterday, and I said, ‘Was that the same man?’” Trump added.

Advertisement

On Thursday, Cummings set the record straight by elaborating on what he actually told Trump, telling the Washington Post, “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.”

Cummings has a record of setting the president straight, and he usually does it to Trump’s face. Last month, after a meeting with Trump, Cummings recounted for CNN details of another meeting he had had with Park Avenue Putin.

“I said, ‘Mr. President, maybe no one has said this to you, so I’m gonna tell you today,’” Cummings told Wolf Blitzer. “‘That it seems like when you talk about the African-American community, you seem to want to judge our community by our weakest link.’”

He continued:

I said there are vibrant and many, many vibrant African-American communities throughout this country. People doing extremely well. And I said I’ve lived in the same house for 35 years in the inner, inner city of Baltimore. I don’t feel threatened; I feel very good about it.

And I said, “Do me a favor. When you’re talking about the African- American community, don’t make it sound like we’re in foxholes and we’re afraid to walk down the street.”

“And you know,” Cummings concluded, “he shook his head, and said, ‘You got a point there, I’m gonna change, I’m gonna change that language; you’re absolutely right.’”

Advertisement

Advertisement

I—on the other hand—totally understand that Trump’s version of the story was not exactly a lie. When I was 6 years old, my mother told me that I’d make a great superhero if I could fly and was born on the planet Krypton.

That means she thinks I’m Superman, right?