LETTER: Trump takes lying to a new level

The real question here might be, can Trump handle the truth?

Dear editor,

No one can say that Donald Trump is not a colourful, controversial character.

The press has shown this to be true on numerous occasions. His is a master of lying. One source has documented 1,950 times plus or minus in 2017 at last count.

When President Trump sat down with the New York Times for an interview recently, he said something untrue about every 75 seconds. That’s not just the usual political boasting and grandstanding. Those were actual, verifiable claims which professional fact checkers investigated and found to be untrue.

A year-end review of untrue claims from FactCheck.org found Trump dominating the list with remarks on everything from his inauguration to the Russia investigation to his own tax bill. Of PolitiFact’s 483 fact checks on Trump so far, 69 per cent were rated “mostly false,” “false” or “pants on fire,” and his claims on Russian meddling were the “Lie of the Year.” The Washington Post alone found 1,950 false or misleading claims made over 347 days.

During the campaign, Trump’s pitch depended a lot on salesmanship. He avoided detailed plans in favor of making grand claims about how “I alone can fix it.” As the first president without a track record in politics or the military, he essentially asked voters to take his word for it. But his reputation for dishonesty is making it harder for him to do that job.

With each passing day the nose would appear to be growing longer.

In his own mind it would appear that he sees himself as a self-made Messiah omnipotent in every way, thought, word and deed. Delusions of grandeur for the U.S.A. is his mantra. He states that he will make America great again. It leads one to ask the question “when was America not considered great by any president or living U.S. citizen?”

Ron Barillaro

Penticton

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