Donald Trump, President Donald John Trump, is a liar.
He lies about everything. Big things. Little things. Things easily proven or disproven.
He lies so much (more than 3,000 times since Jan. 17, 2017 by one count) that not a word he speaks can be trusted. Ever.
He claims to be a Christian (but is he lying about that?) yet seems ignorant of the Eighth Commandment and violates it six times a day, every day, without repentance or shame. (He’s apparently violating at least six other commandments as well: having a false god (money), keeping the Sabbath holy (golf), adultery (cheating on his wives), stealing (anything he can), coveting thy neighbor’s wife (three marriages), and coveting thy neighbors’ goods (he wants everything that’s not nailed down, and if he can pry it up, it ain’t nailed down).
Trump took an oath to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States.” He apparently lied about that, ‘cause his presidential ly’in-ain’t-be’in-faithful-to-the-oath and could get one impeached (just ask Clinton or Nixon).
Trump’s lying can only be ascribed to some combination of incredible stupidity, a belief we’re incredibly stupid, sociopath-like amorality, or embracing the philosophies of some the world’s greatest liars/dictators such as Putin and Stalin.
So let’s look at four of his latest lies:
First, his lie about the missing remains of Korean War soldiers. Trump claimed that “thousand and thousands” of parents asked him to recover the remains of their missing sons. But simple math shows these “thousands” would be at least 106 years old.
Next, his lie about crime in Germany. He said it’s up 10 percent and ascribes the increase to immigrants. Except the German government states crime is down 10 percent. Because, he says, the Germans are lying.
He claims the Department of Justice’s Inspector General’s report shows “No collusion.” A lie. There is not one word in the 500-page report about the Russian probe. Not a word.
His cruelest, most heartless, most despicable lie concerns the kids he’s separating from their parents. He said it was the Democrats’ fault. It wasn’t. It’s his policy, implemented by AG Jeff Sessions, that’s causing so much pain and shame.
There are other lies. Lots of them. Like Eagle players taking a knee during the season (none did); that James Clapper said the FBI put a spy in his campaign (He didn’t. They didn’t); that he gave the military its first pay raise in ten years (He didn’t. By statue they get one every year); that North Korea will “denuclearize” (all they said was they would work towards denuclearization); that there was massive voter fraud in the 2016 election (there wasn’t); and, of course, on his very first day, his very first presidential lie about the size of his Inauguration crowd (pictures proved him a liar).
So, you say, “What’s the big deal? Plenty of politicians lie.” Or, “Hey it’s just Trump being Trump;” or, “It’s the fake news lying about Trump lying.”
Now Trump doesn’t admit to lying but brags about “truthful hyperbole,” (his ghostwriter’s invention) which is simply Donspeak for “lying.”
And he knows repeating his lies registers with his base. They believe him, because they want to believe him. Indeed, they take great pleasure in the outrage his lies cause among their “enemies:” liberals and the media.
But the base doesn’t call it lying. To them, it’s a form of symbolic protest and Trump’s way of challenging the establishment.
Lying about the Philadelphia Eagles or Stormy Daniels is bad enough. But it isn’t the end of the world.
But lying about North Korea, or collusion with the Russians, or tax cuts, or tariffs, China, immigration, and climate change — those lies have enormous real-life-and-death consequences.
Like his lies about his immigration crisis.
He tweeted that Democrats are the problem. They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our country, like MS-13. They can’t win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!
And in a speech said, “The Democrats want open borders. … Democrats put illegal immigrants before they put American citizens. What the hell is going on?”
What the hell is going on is Trump lying. Again. Brazenly. Despicably, Divisively. Disgustingly lying.
And if your doctor lied to you like Trump does, “No, it’s not cancer, it’s the flu;” or your spouse, “Me, cheat? Never;” or your banker, “Sure, we’ll give you the loan;” and you found they were lying through their teeth, you’d go bat-crap crazy.
So what’s it say about those who don’t give a damn about Trump’s lying? Not a whole lot. And that’s the real sin.
Tom Burke’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.