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A fine tuned machine


Fernando Mendez | 2/23/2017, 10 a.m.
A fine tuned machine
Trump afirma que su gobierno funciona como una máquina bien aceitada | Foto Cortesía

When the press asked him about problems in his administration Donald Trump assured the world that the White House is “running like a fine-tuned machine.” Well, not quite. In fact the White House has projected an image of chaos and intrigue for the last few days. It is a mark of this president that he says things that are not true in spite of all evidence to the contrary. We see all kinds of references to Baghdad Bob,” the Iraqi Minister of Information during the fall of Saddam Hussein, and the comparisons are apt. Trump likes to throw out numbers at random, just pulling them out of his hat without context, without basis, and more often than not without the help of his staff, who then have to hurry to deal with the lies. During the now famous impromptu press conference Trump brought out a factoid that he is accustomed to stating at his rallies. We know he is still campaigning as though the election didn’t happen. He is still quoting numbers from the day of the election in which he bested Hillary Clinton. He said at the press conference that he got more electoral votes than any president since Ronald Reagan. Not true, said one of the journalists present that day, presenting a different set of numbers. We checked later, and George W. Bush, Clinton, and Barack Obama had won by larger margins. Trump almost seemed embarrassed but limited his response to a casual dismissal: “Well, I don’t know, I was given that information, I have seen that information around.” He has not seen it anywhere, he makes up whatever number comes to his mind. He accused the press of being vicious. He says that the press will not report the truth. “I am not ranting and raving. I am telling you. You are dishonest people.” He justifies his addiction to Tweeter stating that he is the only person who can communicate his point of view to the public, unfiltered and without editing. So, according to him, the only truths come out of his White House and all the information he creates is what we should believe. All these attacks on the media and the courts are a clear attempt by this president to undermine the credibility of the institutions that have sustained this democracy. Donald Trump should not be allowed to make false claims, to cite lies, to attack freely our judges and the media that serve to keep the executive in check. Whatever he thinks about the people who didn’t vote for him we are not morons, we will not just keep quiet as he directed one of the journalists, we will take issue with any injustice and we are no longer sure that he should be given the benefit of the doubt about anything. This president is threatening the very foundations of our system and he has to be stopped. We must show that his fine tuned machine is the absurd imagining of a feverish mind.

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