On the bright side, Donald Trump is a blessing to teachers of speech and logic. At yesterday’s stunning, rambling press conference, the President of the United States provided a textbook illustration of begging the question:
QUESTION: I just want to get you to clarify this very important point. Can you say definitively that nobody on your campaign had any contacts with the Russians during the campaign? And on the leaks, is it fake news or are these real leaks?
TRUMP: Well the leaks are real. You’re the one that wrote about them and reported them, I mean the leaks are real. You know what they said, you saw it and the leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake. So one thing that I felt it was very important to do — and I hope we can correct it. Because there’s nobody I have more respect for — well, maybe a little bit but the reporters, good reporters [emphasis mine; “Full Transcript: President Donald Trump’s News Conference,” CNN, 2017.02.16].
X is true because X is true. Textbook.