Here is a tweet by Trump on Feb 7th. This statement just states plain wrong facts. The “fake news” is provable.
- Clinton’s cabinet was full by March 11,
- G.H.W Bush’s by March 17,
- Obama’s by April 28.
What is Trump saying here? He either doesn’t know, make stuff up, just to look like he knows what he is talking about, or he is deliberately misleading the people. All these possibilities are frightening, and not acceptable to me.
Up to this point in history I have been confident that our president does not overtly lie to the people. There have been exceptions, famous ones. Reagan apparently lied during the Iran Contra affair. Nixon lied. Clinton’s “I did not have sex with that woman” is famous. But for the most part, we expected integrity and congruity when the president spoke, and we believed him.
Trump, in comparison, lies about the dumbest things, like the statement above. Why in the world would he do that? He is teaching us that nothing he says can be taken as truth, and therefore taken seriously. How are we supposed to believe him next time – when it’s something much more important?
He didn’t have to tweet this at all. If he had simply not issued that statement, nobody would have complained, and nobody would have missed it. It’s an irrelevant fact. But by making the statement, people like me start picking it up and blogging about it, creating negative attention, publicity, re-blogs, and the effect, overall is negative. Does he not understand it works that way? Or is he too petty to care?
Worse yet, how are foreign diplomats and leaders supposed to trust him when he “makes deals” with them? They know he pretty much always lies.
Of course, I didn’t know Trump. I had thumbed through his Art of the Deal decades ago. I never watched The Apprentice, but caught occasional vignettes flipping through channels. I never cared for the man, but I really didn’t know him.
Now, of course, I have been forced to “get to know him” as much as one can from a distance. And it’s all negative. I would not invite him to a backyard BBQ party in my house. If he wanted to come and visit my company I would tactfully decline. No thanks! If there were a business deal where Trump was involved, I would run the other way.
Trump is 180 degrees opposite to my entire value system. I can’t support him.
Trump lies, systematically, for political gain. He lies to make himself look better, or a victim, like in the above statement.