Trump Versus Truth
Today, inside the Democratic Party there are very likely some serious questions being considered. The leadership of the Party seems perplexed and confused concerning the appropriate message and strategy to use in order to defeat ‘Trumpism’ in the upcoming elections. So far, their pollsters have come up empty in developing an approach that will resonate with voters. In spite of the fact that Trump’s job performance ratings remain below 40% in most polls, his base of support has been rock-solid. However, the Democrats would be wise to consider the one absolute message that could defeat Trump, and it has nothing to do with policy; it has everything to do with truth, honesty, and integrity---all are hallmarks of a thriving democracy. Trump is a known liar, a carnival barker, a snake-oil salesman, and none of those statements are ‘fake news.’ See for yourself:
Is Integrity Important?
The Democratic Party should pose a few simple questions asking voters to examine the character of the leader of the free world:
- Can you trust the man in the Oval Office with nuclear weapons?
- Do you really believe you will be better off with the new tax cut scheme?
- Why has Trump been so loyal to Russia, but not to America and its institutions, such as the FBI and the national security agencies that keep the country safe?
- Do you believe Trump is a racist? Why does he want to force out Hispanics and ban Middle Eastern immigrants from ever coming to the USA?
- What is Trump hiding in his tax returns?
- Why have so many of Trump’s staff and advisors left the White House West Wing?
- Is Trump a crook?
These are questions voters should consider as the election season approaches. They all deal with the notion of trust and integrity. While Trump bragged about ‘draining the swamp’ during his campaign, it appears that he has filled his Administration with crooks and liars that seem to mirror the image of the president himself. Indeed, some pundits have gone so far as to discuss Trump’s dictatorial leanings that are similar to those of none other than Adolph Hitler. Hrafnkell Haraldsson, Senior Editor and Columnist at PoliticusUSA, observed:
“Hitler used to refer to the lying press of his enemies, as in the "Marxist Lügenpresse," while today Trump, disturbingly, does the same. Like Trump, Hitler liked to talk a lot about the “will of the people” which was, of course, in the German dictator’s view, strictly behind him and him alone. That’s why Trump is so sensitive about his victory. Losing makes talks about popular mandates difficult. Sure he won the electoral vote, but by a historically low margin, so he has to lie about that too.” Watch the Video:
An Ongoing Probe
“You can be smart, aggressive, articulate, indeed persuasive, but if you are not honest, your reputation will suffer and once lost, a good reputation can never, ever be regained.” Robert Mueller, the Special Counsel investigating Trump regarding Russian collusion, may have very well been talking about him in this quote from his speech at his granddaughter’s graduation.
Trump and the rest of the Republican Party would do well to pay attention. Many pundits believe the entire GOP could be tainted by Trump’s percieved dishonor, especially if Mueller develops further evidence implicating the president in the ongoing probe. Going forward, Democrats should design a message regarding Trump’s lack of character, and if it is precise and targeted properly, they stand to gain control of the Congress in the November mid-term elections.
Should a president have absolute power to launch nuclear weapons?
Probably one of the most critical questions about Trump is his mental stability, as well as his honesty and integrity. In many instances, he has been unpredictable and unhinged, supporting an issue one day, then taking the opposite stance the next. This is no time to renew an arms race, but Trump has been extremely arrogant and frightening with the rhetoric he has used when discussing how he could destroy North Korea. His articulation has no diplomatic embellishments, and some have noted how dangerous Trump’s message is. Can the U.S. afford this type of leadership? According to Jeffrey Goldberg of Reuters News:
“By 2020—the fourth year of the next president’s first term—many American experts believe that North Korea will have stockpiled enough nuclear material to build roughly 100 bombs. By 2020, these experts also believe that North Korea, which has already conducted five successful nuclear tests, may have the capability to build and launch a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the U.S. mainland.”
If Trump remains in the Oval Office until 2020---and that’s a huge “if”---the question remains: what is the best strategy to unseat him? Reporters and pollsters alike have written and discussed a variety of methods and means, however, no one has mentioned the issue of integrity and honesty. For example, there is a view that Trump is vulnerable because his favorability has remained below 40%, but if gerrymandered districts respond in the manner they did in 2016, the Electoral College could re-elect Trump for a second term. At this time, however, it is too early to tell what the outcome may be.
Other strategies being suggested to defeat Trump in 2020 include widening the map to include more Independent voters who may have been turned off with Trump’s unpredictable, dishonest, and chaotic behavior during his first term. And, of course, some observers believe the basic strategy that must be developed is the question of the Democratic agenda and programs that would be different from what Trump has offered. The character issue may be the answer.
Pants on Fire
By some counts Donald Trump has told more than 2,000 bold-faced lies in just over fourteen months as president. However, his six biggest lies, as reported by the Washington Post and NBC News are as follows:
1. “I won’t be playing much golf once I’m elected.” To date, he has played golf on more than 100 different occasions----having been in office only 480 days---all at taxpayers expense.
2. He said 3 to 5 million votes were cast illegally in 2016. He never provided any evidence of this claim, and his effort to find illegal voters was disbanded.
3. “I just found out Obama secretly bugged Trump Tower.” The Department of Justice debunked this ridiculous claim after a thorough investigation.
4. Trump alleged that “everyone agrees” there has been no collusion with Russia. None proven---yet. Stay tuned.
5. “Believe it or not, I don’t watch much television.” A review of his Tweets indicate that he regularly parrots ‘Fox And Friends’ the first thing in the morning.
6. The GOP Tax Plan “will cost me a fortune”. There is no way to prove the veracity of this assertion since he has yet to release his tax returns.
These are relatively insignificant falsehoods, but Trump usually utters lies each and every time his lips move. With him as president no one ever knows for sure exactly what the truth is. By the time fact-checkers can validate one utterance, he has opened his mouth again. Proving once again that he is unfit and truly cannot be trusted to hold the highest office in the land!
You Tube, Maclean’s Video, May 2016
You Tube, NBC News, Peter Alexander, April 2017
You Tube, AFP News Agency, January 2018
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