We’ve heard some pretty outrageous lies from our leaders, both during their campaigns and during their presidencies.
Some of those lies include:
“We did not, I repeat, did not trade weapons or anything else [to Iran] for hostages, nor will we.” -Ronald Reagan
“Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised.” – G.W. Bush
“I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” – Bill Clinton
Even with that legacy of lies, it would still be tough for anyone to argue that Donald Trump wasn’t the worst liar of any presidential candidate, ever. During his 18-month march to the White House, it is estimated that Trump was lying more than 70% of the time.
By comparison, the average presidential candidate only lies about 25% of the time. Hillary Clinton was at 27%, Bernie Sanders at 28%.
Trump’s lies were blatant and ridiculous because his words and actions exist for posterity, as do the events underlying his lies. Now that he’s president, we’re pretending that all of that was normal and we are accepting an altered state of reality. What’s next, a serial rapist?
The most heinous of Trump’s lies revolve around the national tragedy of 9/11 and they were never really questioned by the press. The truth is, the press gave Trump a free pass on every lie he told and he knows it.
The only reason he wages continual war against the press is to reduce the credibility of anything negative they print about him. It’s not exactly a new strategy.
–Trump claimed that he “lost hundreds of friends” at the World Trade Center as a result of the 9/11 attack. That’s a lie and a reprehensible lie at that.
By Trump’s numbers, at least one in 10 of the 2,983 who died on 9/11 were his friends. He has yet to name even one.
–Trump promised to donate money to the Twin Towers Fund, a charity set up to benefit the families of first responders who were killed on 9/11. That fund has yet to see one dollar from the Trump Foundation.
–Trump told supporters, “I have a window in my apartment that specifically was aimed at the World Trade Center because of the beauty of the whole downtown Manhattan and I watched as people jumped.”
As the Associated Press noted, Trump’s apartment is located approximately four miles from the World Trade Center site.
–Trump has also claimed that he “helped a little bit” with clearing rubble after the attacks. What he means is that he helped himself.
— Trump’s organization pocketed $150,000 in government aid after the attack because it claimed to have helped out locals. That particular government program was designed to help local businesses get back on their feet — not reimburse people for their charitable work. Of course, there’s no evidence that Trump or anyone working for him provided any kind of help for anyone whatsoever.
–Trump said that he’d seen “thousands and thousands” of Muslims celebrating in Jersey City when the Twin Towers went down. That was a lie. It never happened, but it did give trump the opportunity to mock a reporter with physical disabilities.
If “thousands and thousands” of people had cheered on the rooftops in New Jersey on 9/11, that would have made newscasts worldwide.
NJ.com noted “The reason Trump’s comments are so offensive is that he is suggesting sympathy for terrorism is broadly shared among Muslims in America when in fact it is a fringe sentiment. It is the moral equivalent of smearing all white Americans for the actions of violent white supremacists.”
“This Trump lie represents a particularly vicious smear meant to malign an entire culture and religion; to make it seem like there’s a dangerous fifth column within the United States ready to rise up and wage war with America.”
–Trump boasted that after 9/11 his building at 40 Wall Street became the tallest building in New York
Trump sees America’s tragedies in the context of his own fortunes. He cheered the economic turn down in 2008 as a way for him to profit from America’s losses.
We can only wait to see how he will find even greater ways to aggrandize himself in both stature and wealth at the expense of the American people.
If anyone’s interested, I’ve got ten bucks that says that Donald is not and was not, as he said, being audited. #showusyourtaxreturns