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how does anyone believe him?

Posted by on Jan. 10, 2017 at 9:07 AM
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Opinion

EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Trump, Trapped in His Lies, Keeps Lying. Sad!


By LAWRENCE DOWNES
JANUARY 9, 2017

He hasn’t taken office yet, but Donald Trump is lost, wandering in a labyrinth of lies and trying to drag the country in with him.

Witness his reaction to being called out on Sunday by Meryl Streep. Speaking at the Golden Globes, she said she had been stunned and heartbroken to see him mock a reporter with a physical disability.

It happened at a speech in 2015 in South Carolina. Mr. Trump’s target was Serge Kovaleski, of The Times, who has arthrogryposis, a condition that leaves his right arm and hand bent and rigid. “You ought to see this guy,” Mr. Trump told his audience, flailing his own right arm and hand in the air, making spastic movements, disgracing himself. The act was contemptible, and in a way unbelievable: a future president showing the maturity and schoolyard viciousness of an 8-year-old.

“I still can’t get it out of my head,” Ms. Streep said, “because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”


In early morning tweets, Mr. Trump attacked Ms. Streep and swore innocence:



Just more lies upon lies. It all goes back to Mr. Trump’s baseless claim that he saw Muslims dancing in the streets by the thousands after the towers fell on 9/11. Challenged over this, Mr. Trump seized on a 2001 article in The Washington Post, written by Mr. Kovaleski when he was a reporter there, that he said backed up his story. But the article did not do that. It merely reported that the authorities had questioned “a number of people” who were “allegedly seen” celebrating the attack. Nothing has ever come of that “allegedly” — there has never been any evidence to substantiate Mr. Trump’s claim, not then, not now. Mr. Kovaleski did not change his story — not “totally,” not at all. And he did not grovel.


Mr. Trump’s mouthpiece, Kellyanne Conway, went on TV on Monday to defend her boss. “He has debunked this so many times,” she said, casually contorting the meaning of “debunked.” (She meant “pathetically denied.”)

“Why is everything taken at face value?” she said. “You can’t give him the benefit of the doubt on this and he’s telling you what was in his heart? You always want to go by what’s come out of his mouth rather than look at what’s in his heart.”

This is where things got really weird. Ms. Conway’s quote is a glimpse into the heart of darkness that a Trump presidency portends. She wants us to swallow Mr. Trump’s reality without question. To accept only what he says now — not what he said then — over the evidence seen and heard by our own eyes and ears. She wants us overcome the dissonance by looking for the “truth” in his heart.

The truth is getting harder to see in the flickering gaslight of Mr. Trump’s America, but it’s there. Not “in his heart,” or out of his mouth, no matter how much this man and his minions say otherwise.
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romalove
by Roma on Jan. 10, 2017 at 9:12 AM
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I want her to provide evidence that he has a heart before asking me to judge his contents.
4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Jan. 10, 2017 at 9:13 AM
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The man just can't help himself.  It seems like a complusion.  He just got caught lying about the availability of dresses in DC of all the stupid things.  


4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Jan. 10, 2017 at 9:15 AM
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Well, he went to visit the wizard who gave him a heart shaped clock.  That counts right?  

Quoting romalove: I want her to provide evidence that he has a heart before asking me to judge his contents.

pdxmum
by Gold Member on Jan. 10, 2017 at 9:16 AM
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Just stupid shit! I'm not a fashionista but I work with one. That community is having a blast with that lie of trumps.

Quoting 4evrinbluejeans:

The man just can't help himself.  It seems like a complusion.  He just got caught lying about the availability of dresses in DC of all the stupid things.  

Americanwoman3
by Member on Jan. 10, 2017 at 9:25 AM
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It amazes me that anyone with half a brain voted for this clown. I don't believe one word that comes out of his mouth. He did it,it was caught by many news cameras and yet he still denies it. Taken out off context,edited? No the words and actions of an American President! Facts not needed the proof is in every word and action this man makes.
jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Jan. 10, 2017 at 9:25 AM
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The last straw for me was a month or so ago when he said Obama was yelling at a protester when in fact Obama was strongly defending him (the protester). That was so objectively untrue, such a blatant and easily disproved lie, and yet he still got away with it. I expect nothing better of him. I don't respect him at all and it's harder and harder to give him the benefit of the doubt because he always sinks lower. He has lived down to every expectation.
AllofFive19
by Silver Member on Jan. 10, 2017 at 9:29 AM
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He needs a heart and a brain.

Quoting 4evrinbluejeans:

Well, he went to visit the wizard who gave him a heart shaped clock.  That counts right?  

Quoting romalove: I want her to provide evidence that he has a heart before asking me to judge his contents.

4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Jan. 10, 2017 at 9:32 AM
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Quoting AllofFive19: He needs a heart and a brain.
Quoting 4evrinbluejeans:

Well, he went to visit the wizard who gave him a heart shaped clock.  That counts right?  

Quoting romalove: I want her to provide evidence that he has a heart before asking me to judge his contents.


francee89
by Silver Member on Jan. 10, 2017 at 9:37 AM
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This made me laugh out loud. The dress shops? It's hard to find a really great dress? Did we teleport back to 1917, where online shopping and driving to other "dress shops" don't exist?

Just the imagery of journalists on several blogs calling Nordstrom and other stores to ask if they have dresses, and what I'm imaging as confused responses of yes made me giggle. I think he's used to schmoozing and being able to say stuff like this with no one actually calling him on it.

Quoting 4evrinbluejeans:

The man just can't help himself.  It seems like a complusion.  He just got caught lying about the availability of dresses in DC of all the stupid things.  

romalove
by Roma on Jan. 10, 2017 at 9:39 AM
Everything counts except in horseshoes and hand grenades.

Quoting 4evrinbluejeans:

Well, he went to visit the wizard who gave him a heart shaped clock.  That counts right?  

Quoting romalove: I want her to provide evidence that he has a heart before asking me to judge his contents.

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