Friday, June 24, 2016

It's Hardly News That Trump's A Congenital Liar-- Can He Actually Unite The Country Behind Hillary?


Trumpy the clown, a make-believe billionaire who has been routinely wow-ing imbeciles with make-believe diamond cufflinks for years, has been routinely lying his way through life and is now turning the Republican Party into his own personal Mendacity Machine. (Trumpy told Charlie Sheen the wedding gift cuff links were diamonds and platinum made by Harry Winston. They turned out to be worthless junk-- cheap pewter and bad zirconias stamped "Trump," like all the cuff-links he's given his closest friends and associates. Republicans with any sense of integrity whatsoever, are refusing to embrace him. Wednesday, Brent Scowcroft, who served as national security adviser under both Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, endorsed Hillary Clinton, a step beyond where most Republicans repulsed by Trump have been willing to go.

Trump, who's primary foreign policy experience is promoting a golf course in Scotland that is losing millions of dollars-- and in a country that is debating banning him from entering. Snowcroft is a dyed-in-the-wool imperialist stooge, like Clinton, so the endorsement must have come relatively easily. He said she shares his "belief that America must remain the world’s indispensable leader [and] understands that our leadership and engagement beyond our borders makes the world, and therefore the United States, more secure and prosperous. She appreciates that it is essential to maintain our strong military advantage, but that force must only be used as a last resort." He lauded her "deep expertise in international affairs, and a sophisticated understanding of the world," qualities he described as "essential for the Commander-in-Chief."

Meanwhile, Trump read a carefully prepared speech-- without once referring to body parts or toilet habits-- calling Hillary Clinton everything that he embodies: "a world class liar... [who] gets rich making you poor," pretty much the story of Trump's life. His speech was fact-checked by every fact-checking service in the country and-- no surprises here-- they all found countless lies. Politifact, for example, rates 76% of statements made by Donald Trump to be false, compared to 27% by Hillary Clinton. So who's the world-class liar? The L.A. Times pointed out that "among Trump’s falsehoods: the U.S. is the highest-taxed country in the world; he opposed the war in Iraq before it started; the trade deficit with China increased 40% under Clinton’s tenure as secretary of State; and America has no system for vetting refugees. Among the unsubstantiated allegations: the private server Clinton used for email could have been hacked by agents of other countries who could have found dirty laundry and subjected her to blackmail; Clinton made money as a direct result of running the State Department; Clinton is lying about her opposition to a Pacific Rim trade agreement."

He said she "may be the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency," be she couldn't possibly be, since he clearly is.

Early in the speech he caught my attention by claiming, falsely, that "hundreds of recent immigrants and their children have been convicted of terrorist activity inside the U.S." That was one of the many that Politifact debunked, reminding readers looking for reality that "most domestic terrorists were either born in the United States (like the Fort Hood, San Bernardino and Orlando shooters), or came here at a very young age (like the Boston Marathon bombers and Chattanooga shooter).

And, since it was about foreign policy, Trump took the opportunity to lie again about how he was the first person in the known universe to oppose the war in Iraq, a war he actually supported until 2004. He claimed Hillary was fast asleep a 3a m when a call came in about Benghazi. "Among the victims is our late Ambassador, Chris Stevens. He was left helpless to die as Hillary Clinton soundly slept in her bed-- that’s right, when the phone rang at 3 o’clock in the morning, she was sleeping. Ambassador Stevens and his staff in Libya made hundreds of requests for security. Hillary Clinton’s State Department refused them all." None of Trump's Hate Talk Radio fairy-tale is true but where does one even start with this one? It was 4 in the afternoon and she was very much awake and working. The man is a compulsive liar. The likelihood of him saying anything truthful ever that impacts his ambitions is virtually nonexistent. He's like an Arab rug-merchant or a Times Square 3 card monte hustler.

He had hardly finished puking out his latest batch of lies before Amanda Marcotte had started fact-checking them for Salon. She pointed out that the long-awaited speech which was to display all he had on Hillary "turned out to be exactly what critics expected: A diatribe of right-wing paranoia seemingly cribbed off all-caps email forwards sent to you by your grandfather. Much of it assumed an audience that already has spent years poring over anti-Clinton urban legends and that gets almost all its news from the Drudge Report... a garbage truck of lies, misinformation, and conspiracy theories. It’s as if Trump is trying to overwhelm the fact-checkers with so many lies they simply give up."

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At 11:25 PM, Blogger opit said...

I heard Trump and Clinton were on congenial terms. What does the idea that Trump is deliberately swinging the 'election' to Hillary sound like to you? After all, it is a matter of getting the Bill and Hillary couple a third term at the Presidential executive.


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