Tuesday 13 December 2016
Author’s note: The arrival of a blatant liar, one who has taken it to unprecedented levels, as the 45th President of the United States necessitates close scrutiny. The Trump Report will appear regularly in Day to Day Politics.
1 I have progressively published the cabinet appointments Donald Trump has made with the comment that we have reached the point in politics where TRUTH is something that politicians invent and convince us to believe rather than TRUTH based on factual evidence, argument and reason.
In this edition of the Trump Report I was going to list a few more when I received the following from an American friend Ben Williamson:
2 “With every new cabinet pick Trump makes, I’m more and more determined his goal is the total collapse of government.”
“What? American kids are falling behind in education? No problem! I’ll appoint a woman to run it who has zero experience in education, founded the most well-known pyramid scheme in the world, and hates public education. She did give me a bunch of money after all.”
“What? Because of budget cuts, only one out of four families that qualify for HUD actually get placed in a home? No problem! I’ll appoint a guy to run it who thinks people in government housing are all lazy moochers!”
“What? Republican governors are getting caught knowingly allowing corporations to pollute and poison their constituents? No problem! I’ll appoint a guy to run the EPA who is an anti-environmental extremist who hates the EPA and the Clean Air and Water Act.”
“What? There’s a serious problem with racism in law enforcement? No problem! I’ll just appoint as my top law enforcement official a well-documented racist from the most racist state in the nation.”
“What? Lenders like Goldman Sachs robbed billions from the American people? No problem! I’ll appoint one of their top executives as Treasury Secretary to handle ALL your money.”
“What? People are taking notice of the gargantuan conflicts of interest my appointments have? No problem! I’ll just hire a bunch of former military leaders who are extreme ideologues to use the military to dissolve the government and install me as Emperor!”
One of those military leaders he refers to must be John Flynn. Let’s do a quick rundown on Flynn.
Paul Waldman writing for Fairfax said:”Flynn was head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was fired by President Barack Obama for a number of reasons, including mismanagement. His staff got so used to him believing things that were obviously false that they began referring to them as ‘Flynn Facts’. Nevertheless, he had a complete certainty in his own rightness.”
“Flynn believes that Islam is “a malignant cancer” that is actually “a political ideology” that “hides behind this notion of it being a religion.” He has tweeted that “Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL” while posting an anti-Islamic video and asking people to “please forward this to others.” On his Twitter feed, he has a propensity for spreading fake news stories from the right-wing fever swamps.”
Thanks for that, Ben.
3 On other matters you would have to agree with Trumps tweet about the cost of the new Air Force One:
“Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!”
Whoops, then we find out they never had an order in the first place.
4 On Foreign policy he had this to say:
“We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn’t be involved with,” the president-elect said on Tuesday night in Fayetteville, near Fort Bragg military base in North Carolina.”
“Instead our focus must be on defeating terrorism and destroying Isis, and we will.”
Can someone explain that to me?
5 This also made big news in the US:
He stepped from his plane and an impromptu gust of wind caught his tie revealing that the front and back portions were held together by sticky tape./
Only in America.
6 Donald Trump speaks differently and a whole new concept of how you react to what he says seems to be evolving in the media. One that forgives the absence of fact. One example is that you should take him seriously, not factually.
Or this from Richard Wolffe:
“This is the problem with the media. You guys took everything that Donald Trump said so literally,” he said. “The American people didn’t. They understood it. They understood that sometimes – when you have a conversation with people, whether it’s around the dinner table or at a bar – you’re going to say things, and sometimes you don’t have all the facts to back it up.”
I’m sorry but around the dinner table or at the bar people generally accept that you are often not in procession of the facts. But we are talking about the President Elect of the United States. Changing the way we communicate to justify the President Elect’s frequent lying is not justifiable under any circumstances.
7 When asked why he doesn’t appoint people of “modest means” to his Cabinet he replied, “I want people who made a fortune”.
8 The CIA revelation that there is evidence to show that the Russians interfered directly in the election to advantage Trump raises the question would he have won without it.
My thought for the day.
“Have we reached the point in politics where TRUTH is something that politicians have convinced us to believe rather than TRUTH based on factual evidence, arguments and assertions?”