Trump is Commander in Chief of Perpetual and Systematic Lies


Lying in politics transcends political party and era. It is, in some ways, an inherent part of the profession of politicking.  The difference between Donald Trump and other politicians is that other politicians seem to appear remorseful when caught in a lie.  The old joke…..how do you know an attorney is lying, his/her mouth is open, takes on a whole new meaning with Trump in the White House.  The sheer frequency, spontaneity and seeming irrelevance of his lies have no precedent. Nixon, Reagan and Clinton were protecting their reputations; Trump seems to lie for the pure joy of it. A whopping 70 percent of Trump’s statements that PolitiFact checked during the campaign were false, while only 4 percent were completely true, and 11 percent mostly true. Compare that to “crooked,” Hillary Clinton, who was found to lie 26 percent of the time her mouth was open.

Those who have followed Trump’s career say his lying isn’t just a tactic, but an ingrained habit. New York tabloid writers who covered Trump as a mogul on the rise in the 1980s and ’90s found him categorically different from the other self-promoting celebrities in just how often, and pointlessly, he would lie to them. In his own autobiography, Trump used the phrase “truthful hyperbole,” a term coined by his ghostwriter referring to the flagrant truth-stretching that Trump employed, over and over, to help close sales. Trump apparently loved the wording, and went on to adopt it as his own.  Thus to write about another lie of Donald Trump is almost not newsworthy.

 

During the campaign, Trump promised he would take “no salary” if elected — a pledge he reiterated after he won.

“I’m not going to the take the salary,” he said on CBS’ 60 Minutes” in November.  That was a gratuitous claim as there was no precedent for the President not taking his salary.  Hillary and Bernie had never said they wouldn’t take their salary if elected.  Not one Republican has suggested that the Presidential salary would be forfeited.  Yet Donald Trump felt compelled to say this.

MSNBC requested details and documentation about any salary donations from the White House, the Treasury Department and the Office of Personnel Management, which all declined to say whether Trump has donated any of his salary to date. (OPM referred questions to the White House.)  Last month, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the website Politifact that Trump “will be giving” his salary “back to Treasury or donating.” The site noted the White House “declined to answer several inquiries into whether Trump has gotten a paycheck already.”  In addition, T”rump indicated that he would  “donate all profits from foreign governments’ patronage of his hotels and similar businesses” to the Treasury Department. The plan was released by Trump’s private law firm, Morgan Lewis, but no system or accounting has been released for how or when such donations will be processed or disclosed.

It seems that Donald Trump has abandoned any attempt to tell the truth.  He feels no remorse or accountability to the  American people.  His lies are perpetual and unnecessary.  It is a sad day for America when our President lies more often than he tells the truth.  It seems that if he tells the truth, it was purely by accident.

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  1. Jack Sparrow, oops, Captain Jack Sparrow defined this. It’s very simple, in speech, they are consistent. They are lying. Donald, Kellyanne, Melissa/Scottie, and the rest of his media minions.

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