Editorial | 8/16/2018, 10:42 a.m.
President Trump has made 4,229 false or misleading claims in 558 days. Why is it important to tell the truth? Well, because in Trump’s case it seems to be an illness and Omarosa has written a book to warn us about his mental deterioration. One salient fact is that he believes all he says about everything including himself and his biography.
The landscape of Trump’s presidency is littered with lies and exaggerations. I am a stable genius. No, he is neither stable nor a genius. I am a deal maker and I wrote the book about how to be a successful deal maker. No, he didn't write the book--it was written almost entirely by journalist Tony Schwartz-- and he has declared bankruptcy more than once. I know words. No, your vocabulary is very limited and your statements are usually qualified with “great” “the biggest” “the best.” And let’s not forget that one way Trump defeated other Republicans in the primary races of 2016 was by the use of demeaning nicknames like “lying Ted,” “Little Marco,” and Jeb Bush became “Low energy Jeb”.
Trump repeated them as though they were real names. He had mastered the most famous words from his reality show: “You are fired!” In part because he came to believe that he was really firing people from important jobs. Of course they were important jobs leading to careers to the Trump company. He transferred the sense of authority to the debate setting. He towered over other candidates, he was loud and mocking, as though he was superior to all of them. He also believed at that point that he was invulnerable, saying “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody,” and not “lose any voters.” He showed total contempt for the niceties of debate, for the opinion of the public, for the rules of the road regarding the way to address other Republicans.
But Trump is not a Republican and he is not polite, and he sees himself as the man who would bring change to Washington. In the general election he did not give up the tactics that had given him the victory for the nomination. He started addressing Hillary Clinton as “Crooked Hillary,” even before she got the nomination. He referred to Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas,” because she had claimed to have Indian blood. He did not spare Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders who he called “Crazy Bernie.” This president has ruined the careers of many public servants, people who served him, cabinet members who gave up important positions to join his government, and women he pursued in the past, like Stormy Daniels and the Playboy model Karen McDougal. But what is more vexing for his political opponents, his critics, and the members of the press is his ability to continue to lie, increasing the number of lies he tells about everything from foreign policy to the Trump Tower meeting. He lies with aplomb and with the apparent conviction that his base will never desert him.
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