I am not a Donald Trump fan, but here at Paste, we are committed to truth. That’s why, when we saw the story about our embarrassing president overfeeding koi fish in an appearance with Shinzo Abe, we refused to just take it at face value—even though Trump blundering his oafish way through a foreign appearance fits in neatly with our perception of him.
Here’s the tweet I saw last night:
And the picture, for context:
On the surface, it appears that Trump, while feeding koi with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, chose not to parcel out his fish food in graceful spoonfuls, but instead just dumped it all at once—like a lumbering idiot.
We wanted nothing more than to seize this story and run with it, because casting Trump as the ugly American is almost always a winning bet. But then video emerged:
As you see, Trump appears to be emulating Abe. He spoon-feeds when Abe spoon-feeds, and dumps when Abe dumps. He did his best, we think.
So there you have it: Trump overfeeding koi? Fake news. Sort of. If you want your dose of Tacky Trump, though, there's always this:
And as usual, Vic Berger had the best possible truther take on the scene: