June 22, 2016 at 1:25 pm #21016Andy BrownParticipant
Even the mainstream media can no longer avoid the truth that Donald Trump’s entire life is built on fraud. He is not the rugged, self-made individual he has built himself up to be. It is no secret that Trump is a liar. He has been demonstrated to lie 9 out of 10 times he opens his mouth to speak. He is a compulsive liar and he has apparently always been a compulsive liar. He has built up some sort of superhero alternative version of himself in his own mind, and that is what he is selling to the American public as we head down the stretch to Election Day. As the mainstream media catches on to the truth, he will find it more and more difficult to sell his lies to the American people.
While Trump’s lies are always purposeful, many are not made up by him. Instead, they emanate from an industry of lie-making devastatingly described in Lies, Incorporated: The World of Post-Truth Politics (Anchor), the recently published and meticulously researched book by Ari Rabin-Havt that details the false narratives advanced by various corporate and/or political operatives on such hot topics as climate change, voter fraud, immigration, and gun rights. Take, for instance, Trump’s bit about the gun-free zones as murder magnets. It comes from the discredited “research”—if you can even call it that—of one John Lott, the gun lobby’s favorite academic and author of the 1998 book, More Guns, Less Crime. While Lott initially claimed the research on which he based his hypothesis came from multiple sources, he later attributed it to his own study. But when pressed to produce the relevant data, he said he had lost it in a hard-drive crash.
Uh huh.June 22, 2016 at 2:36 pm #21018LurkingGrendelParticipant
I listened to the speech Donald Trump delivered today attacking Hillary Clinton.
On the plus side, he (mostly) stuck to his prepared remarks and didn’t stray too far from his teleprompter. That’s no doubt a direct reflection of Paul Manafort now having assumed uncontested control of the campaign. Also without doubt, a lot of the mainstream media will (lazily) characterize this as the “new” Donald Trump. We’ll see how long that lasts.
On the negative yet entirely predictable side, the speech was an utter dumpster fire largely consisting of out and out lies, gross distortions, or utterly discredited conspiracy theories straight out of the land of talk radio, Fox News opinion shows, and Alex Jones. Coupled with yet more of the generalized nonsense, complete lack of detail or even logic, that typifies his derp laden “plans” for once he’s elected President.
To Andy’s point, there are now millions of Americans who couldn’t care less about what’s factually true and what’s not. They “know” (and believe) what they know. Period. To take one example out of literally hundreds, Trump yet again made a host of ugly veiled (and not so veiled) accusations about Secretary Clinton and the far right Republicans favorite preoccupation: Benghazi, baby!
It’s, of course, utter and complete horeshit that’s been thoroughly debunked. Up to and including by the multiple Republican led and taxpayer funded congressional witch-hunts that have turned up approximately nothing. Yet a huge swath of Republicans believe Clinton is responsible for, well, who the hell knows? The accusations range from the absurd, to the inarticulate, to the out and out insane.
Politifact is a nonpartisan, Pulitzer Prixe winning service that (among other things) fact checks political figures. 75% of everything Donald Trump has said, to date and counting, is either mostly false (16%), false (40%), or pants on fire (19%). Only a paltry 2% of his statements are rated as incontestably true.
By contrast, Hillary has 23% of her statements being rated incontestably true, another 50% that are either mostly true or half true, and only 1% of her statements rated as pants on fire.
As a point of fact, Hillary is far and away the most truthful candidate of either party. Her ratings are higher than Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, or anyone from the primary field. Who’s the absolute worst? The biggest liar? The most consistently untruthful of either party?
Fact.June 26, 2016 at 1:27 am #21117Andy BrownParticipant
Just this week, donald kept telling several of his favorite lies and added some new ones.
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