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Trump Defends Controversial Claims: 'I Tend To Be Right'

| by Michael Howard

In a recent interview with Time, President Donald Trump indicated that his controversial behavior and statements are based on his instinct and that it usually "turns out to be right."

The comments came on March 22 as Time's Washington Bureau Chief, Michael Scherer, pressured Trump to account for the various statements he has made that do not appear to be supported by any evidence.

"Is there anything different about making these kinds of predictions without having the factual evidence as president?" Scherer asked.

Trump responded: "I’m a very instinctual person, but my instinct turns out to be right."

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He then listed a number of issues about which he was allegedly correct, saying:

Sweden. I make the statement, everyone goes crazy. The next day they have a massive riot, and death, and problems. Huma [Abedin] and Anthony [Weiner], you know, what I tweeted about that whole deal, and then it turned out he had it, all of Hillary’s email on his thing. NATO, obsolete, because it doesn’t cover terrorism. They fixed that, and I said that the allies must pay. Nobody knew that they weren’t paying. I did. I figured it. Brexit, I was totally right about that … I mean many other things, the election’s rigged against Bernie Sanders.

At a rally in February, Trump told his audience that there was an incident having to do with immigrants in Sweden.

"You look at what's happening last night in Sweden," he said at the time, according to Reuters. "Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers [of immigrants]. They're having problems like they never thought possible."

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It turned out that no such incident had occurred in Sweden. Confused, Swedish officials contacted the U.S. State Department for an explanation.

Trump tweeted afterward that his comments were in reference to a Fox News story about immigration-related crimes in Sweden. But that story did not point to any specific incident.

Days later, a riot broke out in a mostly-immigrant neighborhood of Stockholm. Rioters threw stones at police and set cars on fire, according to CNN. As Trump sees it, this is an example of his instincts proving to be accurate.

"I talked about Sweden, and may have been somewhat different, but the following day, two days later, they had a massive riot in Sweden, exactly what I was talking about, I was right about that," he said.

Scherer then asked Trump about his claim -- for which no evidence has been presented -- that he would have won the popular vote in November if several million people hadn't voted illegally.

"Well I think I will be proved right about that too," he said.

"What am I going to tell you?" he continued. "I tend to be right. I’m an instinctual person, I happen to be a person that knows how life works. I said I was going to win the election, I won the election, in fact I was number one the entire route, in the primaries, from the day I announced, I was number one."

Sources: Time, Reuters, CNN / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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