CONCORD, N.C. — In a news conference on Friday afternoon, during a rare visit from the president of Romania (“Count-something-or-other”), Trump responded to accusations made by former F.B.I. director James Comey on Thursday, that he had attempted to get Comey to pledge loyalty.
“I hardly know the man, I am not going to say, ‘I want you to pledge allegiance.’ Who would do that? Who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath?” Trump asked. “I mean, think of it. I hardly know the man. It doesn’t make sense.”
Trump’s elegantly put answer to a reporter’s question (and even some questions that Trump seemed to only imagine had been asked), may have confused some residents of the city of Concord, who claim that in May 2016, many of them had attended a rally, in which Trump had asked the entire audience to pledge their support of his campaign by raising their right hand in a way that in no-way resembled the Nazi salute.
“Should we do the pledge? Should we do the pledge?” Trump is said to have asked in what we are certain was a collective fever dream. “Raise your hand: ‘I swear I’m going to vote for Donald Trump next week, I swear.'”
After the pledge was done, Trump is alleged to have looked out on the crowd and observed that there were so many in attendance that if those attending alone voted, Trump would win the primary. This is possibly the most telling indication that this event (documented in the video above) did not happen, as Trump is famously good at making sound judgements on crowd sizes.
As there is no possible way that the POTUS actually did this in Concord, nor in Orlando, Florida or any number of campaign stops where this is reported to have happened, experts are speculating that this is a case of “The Mandela Effect.”
The Mandela Effect is when a bunch of different people believe something to be true, that has no basis in reality, because they heard some stupid website claim that some unnamed “experts” said it was a thing. You know. Like how some people thought that South African leader Nelson Mandela died in prison, or like, how some other people bought into the idea that The Mandela Effect was a thing.
President Donald Trump this week, wondered out loud what kind of man would ask a stranger to give him an oath of loyalty, in what would appear to be the start of an existential crisis.