In the course of my life I've seen a lot of people taking credit for things they didn't do.
Usually the claims were about small things in life - like when an office manager took credit for work that others did.
However, I never considered this bad habit could be taken to an art form until Trump bumbled into the Oval Office.
Trump's reputation for lying - with 1628 documented lies last year alone - is only exceeding by his ability to exaggerate like a modern day P.T. Barnum.
To launch the new year with style, Trump tweeted:
"Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation. Good news - it was just reported that there were Zero deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record!"
I, and experts in commercial aviation, call bullshit on that ridiculous claim.
Here's the deal:
The Aviation Safety Network, a group based in the Netherlands, noted that it was a record year worldwide for safe commercial airline travel.
The reason why was it was the first year there were less than 100 deaths for the first time since 1946. Quite an accomplishment.
Meanwhile, back in the USA, safety experts say that the lack of fatal crashes this year in America was the result of years of effort to improve technology and training.
Trump didn't sign one piece of paper about airline safety, or new rules. That's a fact that can be checked by anyone.
Despite that, it didn't bother the Liar-In-Chief who would take credit for the sun coming up in the morning if he could get away with it. That day may not be too far off for the puppets that support him.
Once again he took credit for something he had no part in without blushing, or even batting an eyelid.
His blindly loyal base will never fact check it, and he knows it. As for the rest of the world...we'll shake our heads in disgust and pray that Trump gets lockjaw someday.
Without a doubt, Trump's ability to take credit for things he didn't do will become an art form to be copied by his mindless minions in the years ahead.
Time for me to walk on down the road...