Donald Trump: Lord of the Lies

Lying Trump

Lying Trump

Donald Trump and his supporters spent the last week chanting “crooked Hillary.”

Even though “Crooked Donald” is more accurate.

PolitiFact called Hillary the most honest politician in the 2016 race.

In fact, she’s more honest than most politicians they’ve tracked through the years.

But Trump is the most dishonest politician this year — and possibly ever — with 76% of his statements rated “false.”

Donald Trump: Lord of the Lies

“Lord of the Lies” is what Timothy Egan called Trump in a New York Times piece.

A few doozies:

  • Trump reneged on payments owed to small businesses.
  • A sales manager admitted that Trump University is a “fraudulent scheme” designed to bilk vulnerable clients. (Trump faces two class action lawsuits.)
  • Trump raised money “for vets” and then tried to keep it for himself

Meanwhile, he contends:

  • There was no drought in California.
  • His hair spray won’t harm the ozone layer because it’s sealed inside Trump Tower.
  • The unemployment rate is 42% (it’s under 5%)
  • He knows more about ISIS than the generals do
  • Pres. Obama was not born in the United States

And he won’t release his taxes. What’s he trying to hide?

In fact, Trumps has “been shown to lie more than 70 times in a single event,” says Egan.

Repeat often and people believe

Repeat a charge often enough, and people start to believe.

Crooked Trump

Crooked Trump

Hillary has been pilloried with false charges for a quarter of a century. Nothing much has turned out to be true. But the false charges are heard so often that most people now believe she is corrupt.

  • “Whitewater” was revealed to be nothing but a bad business deal.
  • Republicans accused the Clintons of murdering their friend, Vince Foster. Five different investigations — and a huge waste of taxpayer money — found no truth to the matter.
  • Republicans accused Hillary of culpability in Benghazi. Several investigations — and more millions of taxpayer dollars later: Nope.
  • Hillary Clinton gave highly paid speeches to Wall Street, so she is corrupt. Actually, she was on a speaker circuit that pays hundreds of thousands of dollars per speech — for all audiences. Her paycheck is similar to other celebrities.
  • Private email server? Most State Department staff use private email because the government server is not efficient. Made sense to Colin Powell. FBI director James Comey found no evidence that Mrs. Clinton did anything nefarious, so she was not charged. And, the State Department’s server was successfully hacked. There’s no evidence that hers was.

Given the constant accusations over nothing, or making mountains out of molehills, it’s no surprise that Mrs. Clinton would want a private server to keep rivals from finding hooks for false accusations.

Where there’s smoke there’s fire?

Mrs. Clinton has been demonized more than any other politician — and for a quarter century.

The constant drum of suspicion creates suspicion.

My Mormon mom had a major crush on Mormon, Mitt Romney. So Romneycare was perfect in her eyes.

But Obamacare is just horrible — even though it’s the same thing as Romneycare. How does she know? The Republicans keep saying it’s horrible.

Where there’s smoke there’s fire!

But sometimes it’s just smoke and mirrors.

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Posted on July 22, 2016, in politics/class inequality and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. As the conventions of republic and democratic parties in US comes to an end, Now Hillary and Trump are official candidates for the most reputed and powerful post in the world. The way Hillary and Trump have been going ahead with their campaign, clearly marks who will emerge winner. Trump has been lobbying on the nationalist issues and he has been adding extra colours to the the rise of right wing rulers across the globe. But its not in the interest of the US, world and globalisation. It does not suit a world leader who aspires for the most powerful post, embark credulously. Followed ur blog, check mine if u wish to read/folow.

    • I sure hope you’re right that there will be no Prez Trump — except as president and CEO of Trump Industries.

      Go Hillary!!!!

      • Definetly, Trump is anti-globalisation, he favours isolated America, He wants to impose more and more tax cap on import to boost and resuscitate manufacturing sector and hence jobs in US, thats not the way.

        Hillary has been an experienced administrator and she has shown grit, enthusiasm in past but this is not the virtue for which world wants to see her as president rather that she is not Trump.

        Today’s world is interdependent, riding on globalisation and this has helped many developing and least developed countries to revert poverty and hence establishing USA global power tag’s true picture. Rule based world trade treaties, profit shifting, taxation related information sharing and many more has paved the way for better co ordination and an ammunition to the world for establishing geopolitics led peace, Trump is the threat to the mission.

        As Trump leads over Clinton in some opinion polls, surely if i would have a chance to vote, I would chose Hillary.

      • I am amazed at how uninformed so many US voters are. And then charlatans take advantage of that and we all have the possibility of suffering. I’m hoping the US electorate will defeat the bully. And it would be really great if the congressional bullying would just stop.

  2. Both of them have moral depravity but still, I’ll go for Hillary….

    • Well, a lot of the reason so many people hate on Hillary are because the opposition party has spent the last quarter-century barraging her with charges that aren’t true.

      But people are inclined to believe negative things about politicians, And so the false charges tend to be believed. Even after they’re proven false you don’t get the constant press about how the charges turned out to be false. And so people end up off with the sense that does not fit reality.

  3. My big problem with Clinton is her aggressively interventionist and militaristic worldview…

    • If Donald Trump wins, his authoritarian mentality will create chaos.

      He will also sustain Supreme Court justices + his own policies that will work against any help for climate change.

      No matter how interventionist Clinton might be — and I suspect that as a woman, she wanted to make it clear that she is willing to use military force — Donald Trump would be way worse.

      As I mentioned to Rajagopal:

      If Hillary is elected she will nominate Supreme Court justices who will vote against the corrupting power of money in politics. If Donald is elected that corrupting power will be sustained. If you look at how Democratic versus Republican appointed Supreme Court justices have voted, that’s the pattern.

      If Hillary is elected Obamacare won’t be overturned leaving many people without insurance dying or going bankrupt.

      If Hillary is elected she will nominate Supreme Court justices who will vote to uphold a woman’s right to her own body so that girls and women won’t die from illegal botched abortions.

      I could go on…

      My worry is that enough people will copy Ralph Nader v Al Gore — just a sliver will vote 3rd party — and we will end up with crazy Donald Trump.

  4. I’ve voted R most of my life. I wouldn’t vote for Trump because he scares me. He reminds me of the stuff that surrounded Hitler’s rise to power.

    That being said, if integrity in what you say is a condition for getting votes, Hillary is certainly not a good candidate for you either. Did you see what the FBI director said about her emails? She lied her butt off to Congress. EIther that or she was incompetent to know enough what was top secret and what wasn’t. She deleted 30,000 emails. What was in them?
    Have you not seen the compilation videos of her prior campaign positions and her current ones, where she denies the past ones ever existed? Have you not seen the Hillary Lies video where she talks about being under fire on a Bosnian run way and then show what actually happened?
    How a feminist can support the woman who was in charge of “bimbo eruptions” after her husband raped other women is really puzzling to me.
    If you want to vote for her because you’re opposed to Satan’s Spawn, the Donald, then fine. If you want to do so because she’ll probably not do things that are anti abortion or pick the supremes you think are best for your cause, ok. But please, don’t say it’s because she’s a paradigm of virtue.

    They’re both amoral, power hungry, pathological liars. And this is where we’re at.

    • As I said to Bob, this mash-up is taken out of context:

      . Some had just a small “c” that could be easily overlooked
      . Some were released after the people had already been contacted and so the names were already publicly known
      . There was no intent to harm the United States
      . There was no harm done to the United States as a result of her emails

      Otherwise, she would have been charged.

      None of it is a hill of beans compared to what Trump has done.

      Yes I’m voting for Hillary for the reasons you say. I don’t think any politician is a paragon of virtue. But also, Hillary isn’t as bad as she is made out to be — through a tremendous amount of work. She is basically a normal, flawed human being.

      And I also don’t think that she’s the one who should be punished for what her husband did. And I could see how she would think it was all lies given the constant steam lies thrown at her to create a sense that she and her husband are horrible, horrible people. I’m not at all surprised that she wouldn’t believe them.

  5. sounds as though your political field is even worse than ours in the UK – and I thought ours was bad!!!!

    • Thanks for your thoughts on this. As I mentioned to Dave Hillary isn’t as bad as she is made out to be — through a tremendous amount of work. She is basically a normal, flawed human being.

      Next week, after the Democratic Convention, I will write about how her negatives always skyrocket whenever she’s seeking power — mirroring our country’s continued discomfort with women in power.

      Once she is actually in power her positives are very high — sometimes around 60 to 70% favorable.

  6. I am not American, but I stayed up until 6 AM CET to watch Trump’s speech on CNN because what happens in America does effect Europe big time. No matter what people think governments are businesses in this system. Money is the controller. What he said made sense, yet I feel uneasy and worried about where American politics is heading no matter what party wins. Total population control is on the world agenda, for instance the Turkey coup was set up by the Turkish government to gain total control over everything within that country. I can see America heading that way as well with borders being closed and the police militarised being just the start. Personally I hate politics. I don’t vote, never have and never will. The two things I really believe in are, one, love thyself and love thy neighbour as thyself and secondly, those who stand with Israel will be blessed and those against will be cursed. I know, it works !

    • Thanks for your thoughts on this. As I mentioned to Dave and dragonscaleclippings, Hillary isn’t as bad as she has been made out to be — through a tremendous amount of work.

      She is basically a normal, flawed human being.

      Next week, after the Democratic Convention, I will write about how her negatives always skyrocket whenever she’s seeking power — mirroring our country’s continued discomfort with women in power.

      Once she is actually in power her positives are very high — sometimes around 60 to 70% favorable.

  7. Cogent espousal of the democratic campaign, Georgia, and I would say rightly so. The world really needs to see America helmed by an experienced leadership over the next not four but eight years given the various challenges that the country is up against both within and without. Hillary appears to fit the bill on whatever it takes to assure stability and progress ahead. Let all these happen with a refreshing change of gender in the hierarchy, with Angela already in Germany, Theresa May in UK, and the expected incumbent-to-be Hillary in USA.

    • If Hillary is elected we will be much more likely to adequately address climate — if Donald is elected we can just forget about a livable planet.

      If Hillary is elected she will nominate Supreme Court justices who will vote against the corrupting power of money in politics. If Donald is elected that corrupting power will be sustained. If you look at how Democratic versus Republican appointed Supreme Court justices have voted, that’s the pattern.

      If Hillary is elected Obamacare won’t be overturned leaving many people without insurance dying or going bankrupt.

      If Hillary is elected she will nominate Supreme Court justices who will vote to uphold a woman’s right to her own body so that girls and women won’t die from illegal botched abortions.

      I could go on…

  8. Have you seen this? This doesn’t make her look and you could say it’s out of context, but she didn’t need to lie, but did. And this exposed her lying about the emails.

    • This is taken out of context:

      . Some had just a small “c” that could be easily overlooked
      . Some were released after the people had already been contacted and so the names were already publicly known
      . There was no intent to harm the United States
      . There was no harm done to the United States as a result of her emails

      Otherwise, she would have been charged.

      None of it is a hill of beans compared to what Trump has done.

      btw:

      So long as Trump doesn’t become President — because he’s NUTS — I will actually be glad that he was nominated for this reason (NYT editorial):

      Mr. Trump’s nomination is also a referendum on the Republican Party, delivered by working people fed up with leaders who want their votes but don’t address their struggles.

      Me again:

      I’m hoping the Republican Party will wake up to their middle class constituency. Because for years they have only been supporting the elite and using racism and sexism to distract their middle class voters from the GOP failure to address their concerns.

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