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Exciting News About the Trump Administration!

Exciting News About the Trump Administration!

Charles Blow writing in the NYTimes:

Trump does not simply have “a running war with the media,” as he so indecorously and disrespectfully spouted off while standing on the hallowed ground before the C.I.A. Memorial Wall. He is in fact having a running war with the truth itself…

Donald Trump is a proven liar. He lies often and effortlessly. He lies about the profound and the trivial. He lies to avoid guilt and invite glory. He lies when his pride is injured and when his pomposity is challenged…

No, sir, the default is to call a lie a lie; lies are negative because they are the opposite of the truth; and Trump continuously lies. Also, he who is devoid of morality is immune to demoralization. You can’t wring water from a rock…

We all have to adjust to this unprecedented assault on the truth and stand ready to vigilantly defend against it, because without truth, what’s left? Our president is a pathological liar. Say it. Write it. Never become inured to it. And dispense with the terms of art to describe it. A lie by any other name portends the same.

The real question is whether Trump knows that he is lying or if he is just insane. And frankly, I’m not sure which is worse.

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5 Responses to More, Please

  1. another kiwi says:

    Yeah, he has mental health issues.

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  2. A.J. says:

    And stop calling them “falsehoods“! That’s just trying to avoid saying what they really are – lies from a liar.

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  3. A.J. says:

    This was also the subject of Keith Olbermann’s 23 Jan video titled, “A Plea to Trump Fans: This Man is Dangerous” addressed to Trump supporters.

    “We have elected a man who is Not. All. There. And that cannot end happily for anybody.
    …His illness, and it is an illness, is putting you at risk, and your family at risk, and your kids, and my family, and everyone we know; the ones we like and the ones we don’t. Don’t say anything. Don’t do anything. I don’t even want you to admit anything to anyone except to yourself, but you know that someday, probably soon, that something bad will happen, and whatever he does will make it worse, and it will be clear he is not healthy enough to be the president and they will have to remove him. And by the way, it will be the Republicans who will have to remove him. …Because this isn’t about what he believes in. This is about the fact that He. Is. Not. Well.”

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  4. Redhand says:

    The real question is whether Trump knows that he is lying or if he is just insane. And frankly, I’m not sure which is worse.

    That is a puzzlement. However I tend to go with the idea that he has a serious mental illness.

    “A delusion of grandeur is the fixed, false belief that one possesses superior qualities such as genius, fame, omnipotence, or wealth. It is most often a symptom of schizophrenia, but can also be a symptom found in psychotic or bipolar disorders, as well as dementia (such as Alzheimer’s).”

    Or, if you prefer: “Narcissistic personality disorderNarcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultraconfidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.”

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