Sunday, 22 January 2017

Lies or Self Deception - Trump’s Inauguration Day 2017

Trump has started his presidency in the same way as he ran his campaign. He has claimed that there were record crowds when the evidence is the opposite.

An Associated Press combination of photos shows a view of the crowd on the National Mall at the inaugurations of President Barack Obama, top, on 20 January 2009, and President Donald Trump, bottom, on 20 January 2017. The Associated Press said both were shot shortly before noon from the top of the Washington Monument. Photograph: AP

I don’t know whether he lives in his own reality, and really believes what he says, or he’s still functioning in post-truth mode. Does he think that you can change reality by lying about it or is he deceiving himself?

Neither is a good attribute for the President of the most powerful nation on earth!

If he's prepared to lie about such easily verifiable facts how can anyone ever believe what he says about things that are less cut and dried. This leads to and feeds the distrust that many people feel concerning their politicians. It will rebound on Trump eventually, but it will also affect politics in general, making people more likely to drop out of the democratic process and support emotionally more appealing extremist groups.

But perhaps he’s chasing the ratings for his new reality TV show “Spot the biggest Trump lie”.

He’s so thin skinned that he can’t allow any criticism to pass without responding with an attacking tweet. Assuming that they haven’t taken away his smart phone, here’s a strategy for preventing him from harming us all.  Why don’t we all say what we think about him online? He would be so busy answering all the adverse comments with aggressive responses that he wouldn’t have time to start a war with China or Iran.


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