We Have A President Who Will Lie At The Drop Of A Hat
President* Trump realizes that he wants X to be the case, but the reality on the ground is Y. What does someone like Donald Trump do when reality does not agree with his desires? He tries to create his own reality. I would suggest a large portion of his 12,000 lies and misstatements come from his inability to accept the details of reality. He loses a state like New Hampshire to Hillary Clinton? The remedy is to invent an alternate history where it was stolen from him. When New Hampshire officials responsible for policing the voting in that state tell him that everything was proper with the results, Trump eventually doubles down on his accusation. This is where his 12,000 lies accumulate, he repeats fragments of false reality numerous times, in many cases.
Most Americans, the 65 or 70 percent of the population who do not believe Trump tells the truth, often hear the president of the United States say something and have no way of knowing whether Trump's words align with the reality of the situation. On the face of it would seem like an important problem that needs to be corrected by Trump and his aides and advisers, but in practice everyone involved just denies it is an issue.
The Week magazine had an example this morning
On Monday morning, President Trump told reporters in Biarritz, France, that " China called last night " and said they want to resume trade talks , later elaborating that two "high-level" Chinese officials had called to try and restart stalled negotiations. He turned to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for backup, and Mnuchin said there had been "communication," later amending it to "communications."
Well, "aides privately conceded the phone calls Trump described didn't happen they way he said they did," CNN reported Wednesday . "Instead, two officials said Trump was eager to project optimism that might boost markets, and conflated comments from China's vice premier with direct communication from the Chinese."
Trump is agitated, CNN reports , because "the economy is flashing warning signs Trump didn't expect, his trade war with China is dragging on months longer than expected yet he refuses to give in," and he's "spinning to find victories to sell to voters." The voters may be fooled — China apparently isn't . Peter Weber
Reality was that the stock market was struggling because of Trump's trade war with China, and it was a reality that Trump did not want to accept. So he made up a "phone call" from China which purportedly signaled hope for negotiations. Trump lies so much that surely he didnt blink an eye when he fabricated the "phone call".
Unfortunately both for Trump's re-election prospects, and for the American people, no one ever knows if Trump is telling the truth or lying about any given topic or instance. It's basically a coin toss.
The sad part is that his base completely accepts this situation.