You know I spend a lot of time studying Trump's communication style and there's something he does in there that doesn't get a lot of attention.
Though to be clear, that's not something special about lies. It also works for the truth.
This kind of clumsy construction, he uses it a lot. "It's so false what they're saying."
"What you're reading is not what's happening."
He's not repeating the thing he wants to debunk.
He refuses to say it.
But part of it is, he's making sure that -- to as great an extent possible -- he is not spreading anyone else's story using his platform. Only his.