Thursday, August 11, 2016

Trump Keeps Rolling

Donald Trump has told the truth!

Of course, he lies promiscuously. In 2015 alone, he falsely claimed he had "predicted Osama bin Laden." He bragged that he had talked to Putin off-stage awaiting an interview on 60 Minutes, though Putin, interviewed by video, was nowhere near the USA. He boasted that his campaign was "100% self-funded" while most contributions to his campaign were coming from supporters. He contended that his tax plan projected to reduce tax revenues by $10.14 trilllion over the following decade was "revenue neutral."  He argued "we're the only place" to have birthright citizenship, accurate only if "only" is "among 30 or so nations." Trump also stated he "should get credit" for getting Ford to move an auto plant back to the USA, a decision made by Ford before any candidates started talking about it.

There were other fabrications last year, including arguably his most famous, that he had seen "thousands and thousands" of Muslims cheering in New Jersey on 9/11/01. Additionally, there is Trump's famous habit of saying he has "heard" x or y, imposible to refute conclusively because he may have asked friends, family, or supporters to repeat lines he later could say he had "heard."

The year 2016 has brought more Trump statements knowingly deviating from objective evidence. However, when interviewed by TIME on Monday, August 9, the nominee spoke from the heart- and truthfully, which is not always the same- when he stated "I am listening to so-called experts to ease up the rhetoric, and so far, I’m liking the way I ran in the primaries better."

The interview took place "just hours" before the Republican presidential nominee implied the possibility that gun rights advocates might want to assert their right to bear arms by cutting down a President Hillary Clinton. And it took place two days before Trump declared at a rally in Florida

In many respects, you know, they honor President Obama.  He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder. He founded ISIS. I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton.

Afterward, conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt threw Trump a rope to grab hold of: "I know what you meant, you meant that he created the vacuum, he lost the peace." But Trump demurred, responding "no, I meant he's the founder of ISIS...."

He so is "liking the way I ran in the primaries better," and that probably benefits us all. Instead of (vice presidential candidate) Mike Pence or (House Speaker) Paul Ryan, we have in Donald Trump a choice, not an echo. A right-winger like Pence or Ryan running against the centrist Clinton would not have produced the stark contrast between candidates that Trump vs. Clinton rdoes.   It gives the American people a clear choice between, in the words of Bill Maher, "a national election (pitting) on one side, a hysterical woman, and on the other side Hillary Clinton.”

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