Lying becomes an art form…and Donald Trump is Jackson Pollock


The man who popularized the term “many people are saying” has developed a new way to concoct support for his dubious claims. But this one is even easier to debunk…. The first instance occurred during Trump’s July 25 interview with the Wall Street Journal, the full transcript of which was published Tuesday by Politico. During the interview, the stunningly political speech Trump delivered to the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia on July 24 came up, and Trump pushed back hard an interviewer’s claim that reaction to it “seemed mixed.”…. “There was no mix there,” Trump said. “That was a standing ovation from the time I walked out to the time I left, and for five minutes after I had already gone. There was no mix.” As evidence of how enthusiastic the Boy Scouts were about his speech, Trump claimed he “got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful. So there was — there was no mix.” But that call also never happened. Time reports that a representative of the Boy Scouts of America said they’re unaware of any call recently made by national leadership to the White House.

After six-plus months characterized by lies, prevarication, and various flavors of dissembling, I find myself wonder if Donald Trump does anything which doesn’t have pathological dishonesty as a critical component. Can the man tell the truth…or does the act of moving his lips and uttering sounds ipso facto mean he’s lying?

Yes, the man who invented “many people are saying…” as proof of his unquestioned veracity and unstained integrity is- as the kids say- “full of $#!@.” I don’t know how else to put it, because he deserves far worse.

Integrity is a fragile thing. Once lost, it can be difficult if not impossible to reclaim. SCROTUS not only lost his integrity, he’s obliterated it. Given his personality, his utter lack of self-awareness, and his monomaniacal egomania, it would be stunning to learn he evens cares about the perception that he’s a pathological liar. Sure, he’s given to exaggeration and delusions of grandeur adequacy…but, hey, he’s President and you’re not.

“Many people are saying” that Donald Trump is the best, most decisive, and leaderliest President in our history. That many of those people exist only in the overheated, self-interested, and bigly hyperactive imagination of America’s Man-Baby-in-Chief © matters not at all to him or his intellectually and morally deficient base.

When truth is fungible, when facts and reality can be manipulated to support the dominant narrative, can evil and the demise of democracy be far behind?

Imagine for a moment that Barack Obama had conducted himself in the craven, dishonest, and self-interested manor Trump has. The hue and cry would justifiably have been heard from coast to coast. The weeping and gnashing of teeth among Washington’s pundit class would have been in warp drive almost immediately. So how is it that Trump is able to get away with the sort of pathological dishonesty that would have found his predecessor being impeached?

Many sane, rational Americans possessed of even a modicum of native intelligence are saying this President is the worst, most inept, most incompetent, and, yes, the most willfully dishonest President in our nation’s history. They know that it doesn’t really matter whether what SCROTUS is telling truth. His base will give him a free pass for anything.

If you believe, as I do, that the President is a reflection of the nation he represents, there’s reason to be frightened for the future we bequeath to our children. When the President of the United States is unburdened by honesty and truthfulness, how can we expect future generations to consider integrity and trustworthiness to be of value?

Nice work, America.

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