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USA Today political news: Donald Trump tells stories

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USA Today political news: Donald Trump tells stories



It’s Air Force One at Daytona. Close enough? 

President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, deleted a tweet with a photo of Air Force One amid a large crowd at the Daytona 500 race after users pointed out the photo was actually from 2004, when George W. Bush attended.

“.realDonaldTrump won the #Daytona500 before the race even started,” Parscale wrote in the now-deleted tweet, according to CNN.

The photo, taken by Jonathan Ferrey in 2004 and available on Getty Images, shows Air Force One taking off with Bush aboard after his visit Feb. 15, 2004. 

It’s hard to keep details straight

Trump does love to tell stories during speeches. But the who, what, and where change pretty routinely. 

While the overarching theme of Trump’s narratives remains the same, the constantly changing details raise questions: Are the stories based on real individuals or merely composites of various people he has met? Or are they fiction – presidential parables concocted to drive home a broader truth about public policy? 

The White House did not directly address the fact-or-fiction question when asked to explain the inconsistencies in Trump’s anecdotes. 

“There is no one better at being able to connect with their audience than President Trump,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said.  

Do the candidates fear the Bern? 

Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire’s Democrat primary with slightly more than one-quarter of the vote.

He has fewer delegates than Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

So why are many center-left Democrats worried that the self-described democratic socialist is the favorite to win the nomination?

Because there are too many candidates in the party’s center lane dividing up the rest of the vote.

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Contributing: Jeanine Santucci, Michael Collins, Maureen Groppe 



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