Tuesday 6 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.
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.
Here is an example of what is now called ‘Post Truth’.
Donald Trump wins the presidency and people think that he will change and begin acting like a president. Fools they are.
Clinton wins the popular vote. There is no argument it’s the truth. A fact. Donald doesn’t agree and insists, without any evidence mind you, that:
”In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
Now I repeat, Clinton received 2.4 million more votes than Trump. It’s a fact. Trump is attempting to discredit the count despite officials only finding 4 documented cases of fraudulent behaviour.
Staggering isn’t it that an incoming President would seek to lie to such a degree before even being inaugurated. But this is Donald Trump after all.
So during an interview his incoming Chief of Staff Reince Preibus is asked about Trumps view that he also won the popular vote, he agreed. I kid you not.
”it’s possible” that a huge chunk of the vote was cast illegally. The interviewer John Dickerson was nonplussed. “Let me ask you as an incoming chief of staff: What do you do when “[Trump] says something like millions of voters voted illegally in California and you know that’s not true?”
Astonishingly he answers, ”Well, I don’t know if that’s not true … there are estimates all over the map on that, and here’s the problem, no one really knows.” Dickerson responds: ”But you think millions of people?” says, ”It’s possible.” Has truth degenerated so far? What are we to expect in the future if he is using ”WELL ANYTHINGS POSSIBLE” now.
Dickerson was aghast: ”I guess the question is, when you’re president, can you just offer a theory that has no evidence behind it, or does he have to tighten up his standards of proof?”
Now make sure you are sitting for this one. Preibus suggests that the idea of evidence as exactly the kind of tired, elite ”conventional thought” that Trump would be doing away with.” Translated it means truth is old-fashioned and you can’t believe it.
In another interview when asked a similar question by George Stephanopoulos, Vice President elect Mike Pence said ”It’s his right to express his opinion,” it’s refreshing” and one of the reasons he won the election. Stephanopoulos countered, “But why is it refreshing to make false statements?” Countered with allegations of false statements, Pence added. ”Look, I don’t know that is a false statement, George, and neither do you.” Later, when asked to provide evidence, Pence added: ”He’s entitled to express his opinion.”
Now you would think that a Vice President who says that his Christian faith is the most important thing in his life would know the truth when he heard it.
Welcome to the post-truth era folks. They crucified Hillary, believing she lied. Trump well……..
My thought for the day.
”You see now he is saying that what I thought he said is only a figment of my imagination. That what I think I thought he meant is not what he meant at all. That when he says something and I take it to mean one thing he has the option of saying that what I thought I heard was not what I heard at all. It was only my interpretation of what he meant. I mean, did he say what he meant or did he mean to say what he meant or was what he meant really what he meant.”