Donald Trump and his non-stop, pathological, serial lying is destroying U.S. credibility

It’s honestly getting difficult to keep track of all of Donald Trump’s lies. To paraphrase Dorothy Parker, every word out of his mouth is a lie, including “a” and “the.”

So let’s sum up.

For the record, here are a few standouts. This man is president of the United States, but gets his security briefings from Fox News and has the thin skin of a junior high school playground bully. And he apparently doesn’t read either.

Trump felt he had to lie about the size of his inaugural crowd.

Trump lied about getting a “standing ovation” he received at CIA headquarters.

Trump lies about “millions” of “illegal” votes cast in the November election. Nobody – even his former campaign manager – agrees with him. The only reason he made it up is because he can’t stand the thought that he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton – bigly.

More recently, Trump has focused on New Hampshire, claiming that busloads of Massachusetts residents were taken to the state to vote for Clinton. There is no evidence that any of this occurred. Trump has not offered any, and even New Hampshire Republicans have ridiculed the idea of widespread voter fraud in their state.

Trump lies about the murder rate. This is a fascist warning signal – make things look really bad so he can step in with extra powers to fix it.

Trump lies about the news coverage given to terror attacks. A lie so blatantly ridiculous that all the media pounced on him showing incident for incident how he’s just making things up.

Trump even antagonized Sweden, of all places, to lie in about non-existent terror attacks there to make the point that accepting refugees is somehow bad. He got his information from a Fox News report he watched while tweeting. The Swedish government is noticeably upset. Who would imagine we would have a president of the United States who would antagonize Sweden?

Remember, Donald Trump is the one who, during the campaign suggested Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s father had been involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy ― and cited a National Enquirer story as his proof.

And, of course, for years Trump promoted the conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama had not been born in the United States, despite clear evidence that he had.

It’s endless. Donald Trump is a serial liar. That’s not in dispute. How long will it go on is the question.

John McCain and Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Trump’s dangerous attacks on the media and spectre of fascism

“If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free — and many times adversarial — press,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaking on NBC’s Meet The Press. “And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time — that’s how dictators get started.”

Citing history, McCain told NBC that “the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press,” though he hastened to add: “I’m not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I’m just saying we need to learn the lessons of history.”

McCain responded to the echoes of this Trump weekend tweet: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”

Defense Secretary James Mattis disagreed with Trump’s “enemy” comment. While “I’ve had some rather contentious times with the press,” Mattis told reporters over the weekend that the media is “a constituency that we deal with, and I don’t have any issues with the press myself.”

Political analysts said there’s a difference between criticizing the press and calling it “the enemy” — a phrase authoritarian governments of the past have indeed used to de-legitimize political opponents and institutions.

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace cautioned his colleagues and the network’s viewers Sunday that President Trump’s latest attack on the media had crossed the line.

The “Fox & Friends” anchors had shown a clip of Trump recounting that past presidents, including Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, had fought with the press. They then asked Wallace whether Trump’s fraught relationship with the media was a big deal.

In response, Wallace told his colleagues that Jefferson had also once written the following: “And were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

Context was important, Wallace said. All presidents fight with the media, but Trump had taken it a step further in making them out to be “the enemy,” he added.

“Yes, presidents have always had — and politicians have always had — problems with the press. They want good press. The press doesn’t always give it to them,” Wallace said. “But what Jefferson [was saying] is, despite all of our disputes, that to the functioning of a free and fair democracy, you must have an independent press.”

“We can take criticism, but to say we’re the enemy of the American people, it really crosses an important line,” Wallace said.

refs:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/19/donald-trump-john-mccain-media-enemy-of-the-people/98126656/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/19/fox-news-anchor-chris-wallace-warns-viewers-trump-crossed-the-line-in-latest-attack-on-media/

Trump lies about Jewish reporter’s question, tells him to sit down and then brags in unrelated answer

In a pathetic state of childish temperament, Donald Trump lashed out at a Jewish reporter, twisted the question he was asked and told the reporter to sit down, accusing him of being unfair.

Jake Turx, a reporter with Ami Magazine, which bills itself as “a new standard in Jewish media” prefaced his question by saying he did not see evidence the President or his staff were anti-Semitic. He even mentioned Trump’s Jewish grandchildren.

He then launched into the thrust of his question about bomb threats to dozens of Jewish Community Centers last month.

“What we are concerned about, and what we haven’t really heard being addressed, is an uptick in anti-Semitism and how the government is planning to take care of it,” Turx said.

As Turx continued, Trump interrupted, “See, he said he was going to ask a very simple, easy question, and it’s not.”

The reporter said, “It’s an important one.”

“Not a simple question. Not a fair question. OK, sit down. I understand the rest of your question,” Trump said. “So here’s the story folks. No. 1, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life. No. 2, racism. The least racist person. ”

Turx raised his hand again and spoke up.

“Quiet, quiet, quiet,” Trump replied. “See he lied about — he was going to get up and ask a very straight, simple question. So, you know, welcome to the world of the media.”

Turx shook his head, and Trump continued as if he himself had been accused of anti-semitism.

“But let me just tell you something: I hate the charge. I find it repulsive. I hate even the question because people that know me — and you heard the Prime Minister, you heard Benjamin Netanyahu, did you hear him, Bibi? He said, ‘I’ve known Donald Trump for a long time,’ and then he said, ‘Forget it.’ So you should take that instead of having to get up and ask a very insulting question like that.”

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and director of the Anti-Defamation League, blasted Trump’s comments in an interview with CNN following the news conference and called on Trump to answer the questions about what he termed the “crisis” of rising anti-Semitic acts and take “concrete steps” to resolve the issue.

In an appearance with Netanyahu at the White House Wednesday, Trump answered a question about anti-Semitism by talking about his electoral victory and mentioning his daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner, who are Jewish.

ref: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/16/politics/donald-trump-news-conference-anti-semitism/index.html

Trump continues to lie about the extent of his electoral victory

Trump just can’t get over his popular vote loss to Hillary Clinton. And he can’t stop lying about his electoral victory either. People are right to be concerned about his mental state, and fitness for office.

NBC reporter Peter Alexander corrected President Donald Trump during a press conference Thursday after the president yet again made a false claim about his Electoral College victory margin.

Russia dominated the questions, but in a meandering, streams-of-consciousness news conference, Trump also found a way to brag about his victory over Hillary Clinton, yet again falsely claiming the margin, 306 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232, was the biggest since Ronald Reagan’s 1984 win. In fact, Barack Obama won more electoral votes in 2008 and 2012, Bill Clinton won more in 1992 and 1996 and George H.W. Bush won more in 1988.

Alexander, a correspondent for NBC News, sought to correct Trump on those figures, and pressed him to explain how he could call reporting by outlets like The New York Times and CNN “fake news” while using inaccurate figures himself.

“Why should Americans trust you?” asked Alexander.

“I was given that information,” Trump said, cutting Alexander off. “I don’t know. I was just given it. We had a very, very big margin.”

“Why should Americans trust you when you accuse the information they receive of being fake, when you provide information that’s not accurate?” Alexander asked.

“I was given that information,” said Trump. “Actually, I’ve seen that information around. ”

Trump has repeatedly described his victory over Clinton as a “historic” and “massive” landslide. That’s not the case. His Electoral College victory actually ranks 46th out of 58 presidential elections. He lost the popular vote to Clinton by about 2.8 million votes.

ref: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-electoral-college-claim_us_58a5f184e4b045cd34bfa8e9

What did Trump know and when did he know it?

Less than a month into his so-called Presidency, Donald Trump and his administration are embroiled in a full-fledged scandal. Can you just imagine what he would have said had this been Hillary Clinton?

His national security advisor, Michael Flynn, had to resign over likely illegal conversations with Russian officials before Trump took office. The administration is spinning this as a trust issue between Flynn and Trump and Pence, but there are definite legal probes to come.

Now the New York Times is reporting that Trump aides and associates made repeated contacts with senior Russian officials during the 2016 campaign. This is according to intercepted phone calls and records according to four current and former American officials.

None dare call it treason?

More to come, for sure. This is just starting to unravel.

ref: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/us/politics/russia-intelligence-communications-trump.html

Trump lies again about voter fraud and claims that is why he lost New Hampshire

Donald Trump falsely insisted again Thursday that widespread voter fraud in New Hampshire cost him and former Sen. Kelly Ayotte the state in the November election.

Trump made the comments in a private meeting with Ayotte and a group of senators that was meant to be a bipartisan discussion to build support for Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court.

Trump told Ayotte that she would have won re-election had she not been critical of him during the course of the campaign. He then alluded to thousands of people who supposedly went into New Hampshire illegally to vote against both him and Ayotte, saying they both would have won “if there hadn’t been voter fraud” in the state. The source called the exchange “uncomfortable.”

There is no evidence at all to support the claim, as confirmed by state authorities across the nation.

Brian Buonamano, an assistant attorney general in New Hampshire, said in an email, “We have no evidence or indication that there existed a scheme to bus in thousands of people to illegally vote in NH.”

Though they lack validity, Trump’s claims are still harmful. They stoke distrust in the nation’s political system and provide lawmakers with a basis ― however specious ― for taking steps to make it harder for people to vote.

 

ref: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-voter-fraud-senators-meeting-234909

Can Trump tell the difference between truth and his lies?

Trump issues so many plainly untrue statements that one must wonder if he’s divorced from reality.

This is more important than a few executive orders signed by President Donald Trump. It’s more important than his nominations for positions in his administration. It’s even more important than who gets appointed to the Supreme Court, or whether Obamacare gets repealed.

Nothing in the headlines these days is more important than this: The President of the United States is divorced from reality, unable to tell the difference between the truth and what he wants to be true. In August, much of the American press finally broke out the word “lie” to describe many of Trump’s statements, but that’s not enough. Reporters must now press the president to explain if he believes these statements to be true and why. Plenty of politicians deceive, but one who cannot discern reality from fiction is dangerous.

Read more details at http://europe.newsweek.com/trump-difference-truth-lies-552292

Trump lies about murder rate to group of sheriffs

President Trump met Tuesday morning with a group of sheriffs from the National Sheriffs Association, a group that consists of more than 3,000 sheriffs from around the country. And to this sworn group of law enforcement veterans, with reporters taking notes, he again repeated a lie about the murder rate in America.

Trump told the sheriffs, “the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years.” He blamed the news media for not publicizing this development, then added, “But the murder rate is the highest it’s been in, I guess, 45 to 47 years.”

The country’s murder rate is not the highest it’s been in 47 years. It is almost at its lowest point, actually, according to the FBI, which gathers statistics every year from police departments around the country.

more details at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2017/02/07/trump-makes-false-statement-about-u-s-murder-rate-to-sheriffs-group/?utm_term=.4963a56ddefa

Kellyanne Conway lies about the Bowling Green massacre being a “slip of the tongue”

Kellyanne Conway thinks she took too much flak for citing a nonexistent “Bowling Green massacre” to justify President Trump’s travel ban. She said she simply meant to say “Bowling Green terrorists,” and she later said, “I misspoke one word.”

Except now she doesn’t appear to have misspoken at all; she seems to have believed that the Bowling Green massacre was a real thing.

How do we know? Because she cited the same nonexistent attack in separate interviews with two other outlets — Cosmopolitan magazine and TMZ.

Meanwhile, CNN passed on an offer from the White House to have Conway appear on “State of the Union.” Sources say it’s because of her lack of credibility. Conway claims CNN was never offered he interview. CNN’s Twitter response:

“. @KellyannePolls was offered to SOTU on Sunday by the White House. We passed. Those are the facts.”

ref: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/06/kellyanne-conways-bowling-green-massacre-wasnt-a-slip-of-the-tongue-shes-said-it-before

Trump claims all negative polls about his actions are fake

In Trump’s latest assault on reality he has now claimed that any polling which reflects negatively on his actions are, basically by definition, fake.

Trump isn’t just trying to claim majority support. He clearly seeks to discredit all negative opinions with comments like “any negative polls are fake news.” This is unusual and alarming behavior from a president.

Plenty of presidents probably haven’t liked their polling numbers before. President Barack Obama probably wasn’t thrilled that his health care law has been mostly viewed unfavorably since 2010. President George W. Bush couldn’t have been satisfied with his job approval ratings, which steadily declined throughout his second term.

But neither Obama nor Bush tried to discredit American opinion. Trump seems to think he can ignore anything that isn’t favorable to him.

ref: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-negative-polls-fake_us_58988431e4b040613137c6ee?