Donald Trump lies without apology or conscious. He lies more often than he tells the truth. Trump’s statements were awarded PolitiFact’s 2015 Lie of the Year. He even lied about the birth place of the Orlando shooter, which was widely known. The ghostwriter for the Art of the Deal described Trump’s personality as “pathologically impulsive and self-centered.” Tony Schwartz spent 18 months with Trump before writing the Art of the Deal. Mr. Schwartz gave an interview in which he explained:
“I put lipstick on a pig,” he said. “I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.” He went on, “I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”
Schwartz explains that for Donald Trump, “Lying is second nature to him.” “More than anyone else I have ever met, Trump has the ability to convince himself that whatever he is saying at any given moment is true, or sort of true, or at least ought to be true.” Often, Schwartz said, the lies that Trump told him were about money—“how much he had paid for something, or what a building he owned was worth, or how much one of his casinos was earning when it was actually on its way to bankruptcy.” Trump bragged that he paid only eight million dollars for Mar-a-Lago, but omitted that he bought a nearby strip of beach for a record sum. After gossip columns reported, erroneously, that Prince Charles was considering buying several apartments in Trump Tower, Trump implied that he had no idea where the rumor had started. (“It certainly didn’t hurt us,” he says, in “The Art of the Deal.”) Wayne Barrett, a reporter for theVillage Voice, later revealed that Trump himself had planted the story with journalists. Schwartz also suspected that Trump engaged in such media tricks, and asked him about a story making the rounds—that Trump often called up news outlets using a pseudonym. Trump didn’t deny it. As Schwartz recalls, he smirked and said, “You like that, do you?”
Schwartz says of Trump, “He lied strategically. He had a complete lack of conscience about it.” Since most people are “constrained by the truth,” Trump’s indifference to it “gave him a strange advantage.”
It now appears Melania Trump isn’t constrained by the truth either. Our first clue was the conflicting reports she gave after plagiarizing the Michelle Obama speech.
In her nationally televised speech she claimed to be a college graduate. However it appears that was a lie. The amazing thing is that most of America didn’t expect her to be an overly educated woman. It was clear that she had achieved success as a result of her appearance, and not her intellect.
So now that the American people have been unnecessarily lied to, it seems that we probably should assume anything coming out of Trump’s mouth is a lie. Worse, when Trump is caught in a lie, he is known to “double down” rather than to admit that he lied.