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Fox News Couldn’t Handle Seeing World Leaders Laughing at Trump so They Edited It Out of Their Coverage

As you might have heard, yesterday, the whole world laughed at Donald Trump. Okay, technically, the world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly laughed at Trump.

Here’s the clip of Trump bragging that in his first year in office, his administration “has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” followed by audible laughter from the crowd.

He tried to play it off, saying “It’s so true … I didn’t expect that reaction but it’s okay.” And the laughter got louder.

Added bonus:

This is so embarrassing. This is the man that the majority of American (electoral) voters chose not just to govern us, but to represent us. And he deserves to be laughed at.

But perhaps even more embarrassing is the ways in which Trump’s supporters have tried to reframe the reaction.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., basically tried to say that the world leaders weren’t laughing at Trump, but with him. Because he’s so … honest?

“They loved how honest he is,” Haley told Fox & Friends. “It’s not diplomatic and they find it funny. … When he goes and he is very truthful, they kind of were taken back by it.”

When Fox News tweeted out the speech, they went even further and split the clip into two parts, editing out the laughter in the middle.

Yup, Fox News went full “lalalala I can’t hear you.”

And then Trump himself followed it up with this propaganda endorsement.

Trump has repeatedly said that the world is laughing at us. He’s been saying so since long before he ever took office. But as a Brookings Institute analyst told the Washington Post, “It’s never been true,” even though Trump has said so about every president in recent decades. Now, though, “It’s the first time I’m aware of that people actually laughed at a president. I think it is going to drive him absolutely crazy. It will play to every insecurity he has.”

The only thing scarier than Regular Trump is hurt-feelings, antagonistically insecure Trump. Batten down the emotionally vulnerable man-baby hatches.

(image: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.