Is Donald Trump a Pathological Liar or Just the Regular Kind and Does it Matter?

Is Donald Trump a Pathological Liar or Just the Regular Kind and Does it Matter?
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Asking if Donald Trump is a pathological liar or just a regular, garden variety liar is a mostly rhetorical question.

Donald Trump can tell no lie so horrific that it would cost him even one vote.  As he said, he can shoot Rosie O'Donnell on 5th Avenue and suffer no consequences.

Such is the hold this orange buffoon has on his little basket.

Donald Trump launched his campaign of "alternative facts" long before Kellyanne Conway coined the term. He did it instinctively, which either makes him a pathological liar or one of the greatest manipulators of all time.

In 2008 and 2009 Trump had great things to say about candidate and President Barack Obama. In an interview with Larry King in April of 2009, Trump said “the world looks at us differently than they used to because of Obama."

By 2011 Trump had either had a stroke or developed a strategy for launching a political career at the expense of Barack Obama. Thus was born the "birther" movement.

According to Trump's improbable theory, 19-year old Ann Dunham gave birth to a son in 1961 in Kenya and somehow, forged papers to make it look like he was born in Hawaii.

She did this so that her son could become President of the United States, the first thing that pops into the mind of every 19-year old first time mother.

To ensure his chances of becoming the American president, she gave him the all-American name of Barack Hussein Obama.

To bolster his completely fabricated claim of the President's foreign birth, lying Trump told CBS that he had investigators in Hawaii looking into President Obama's birth and he couldn't believe what they were finding.

Of course, no investigators ever came forward and, like his taxes, no reports were ever produced.

Donald J. Trump is a liar and anyone in America can say it or write it with complete impunity because of the mountain of empirical evidence existing to support that statement.

There were not "thousands and thousands" of Muslims dancing in New Jersey on 9/11.

Trump's 304 electoral votes was a paltry number,not the landslide he repeatedly pretended.

Only nine detainees released from Guantanamo Bay during the Obama administration were found to have re-engaged in their anti-American efforts, not the 122 claimed by President Pinocchio.

In the post 9/11 world, Trump's birtherism served him well. With it, he was able to tap into a resilient and vociferous base that would support him through the election and beyond.

A base built upon hatred and fear is blindly loyal. Picture Charles Manson with 20 million followers on Twitter.

By impugning the legitimacy of Barack Obama, Trump was able to tap into two very powerful forces; racism and Islamophobia. When fear and hatred come into play, there is no room for rationality or tolerance.

It is highly unlikely that you will ever run into any kind of white supremacist, Klansman or racist who is not anti-Semitic, as well. It is for that reason that Donald Trump can not condemn anti-Semitism too strongly.

It is not so much that he, himself is anti-Semitic, he just can't risk alienating that racist segment of his supporters, who have served him so well.

Donald Trump is in the unique position of being able to tell the most outrageous lies and suffer no consequences. He has learned to use that unique ability to aggrandize himself, disparage those who stand in his way and change the topic of conversation with a tweet.

Trump always needs a foil, an enemy with which to engage his army and there was always someone; "Little Marco, Lying Ted or Crooked Hillary." It was Rosie O'Donnell, Meghan Kelly, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Saturday night live.

Now he has come full circle. Trump started his campaign marshaling his troops against a black, foreign-born Muslim and he has brought it all back to the beginning.

The problem is not his incompetence as a leader, it's Barack Obama's  controlling the "deep state" the way John Gotti ran his family from prison.

Trump's false and baseless accusation that Barack Obama had Trump Tower "wire tapped" was typical of his use of crazy tweets to change the conversation. This one was a combination of obfuscation and Roy Cohen turnabout, made clear when Trump said the alleged wire tapping was McCarthy-like.

Roy Cohen was Joseph McCarthy's lawyer and right hand man (like Steve Bannon is to Trump) and he was also Donald Trump's mentor. Cohen is the one who taught trump to simply turn accusations around.

While we are all thinking that Trump's ties to Russia are the biggest case of presidential corruption since Watergate, Trump says that Obama's alleged wire tap is "Nixsonian."

It's the Trump version of, "I know you are but what am I?"

Get used to it folks, lying is going to be very presidential for the foreseeable future.  Maybe striving to be president isn't the goal we once told our kids it was.

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