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Trumps Web of Deception

“I have never seen a president in American history who has lied so continuously and so outrageously as Donald Trump, period.”

Michael Beschloss, Presidential historian

“It is the first time in my life, until now, that I feel that we have elected a dangerous individual who is not qualified to be president.”

Colin Powell, Former Secretary of State

“Donald Trump is a pathological liar. He lies virtually every time he opens his mouth.”

Bernie Sanders, United States Senator

“He lies about things that are easily disprovable, and when he’s caught, he doesn’t even flinch.”

Jake Tapper, American Journalist

“The President of the United States has been lying to the American people about the results of the (2020) election.”

Mitt Romney, United States Senator


Trumps Web of Deception

Former President Donald Trump’s persistent dissemination of false information demands scrutiny. How can one discern truth amid his constant stream of misleading claims?

It seems to me that the media, both print and broadcast, creates a foundation for the Former President’s irresponsible and misleading claims. By reporting his falsehoods without the proper disclaimers pointing out that Mr. Trump is not being completely honest with the American people, is irresponsible journalism! But then, since the Reagan administration removed the fairness doctrine that governed the media’s reporting of news, we have become used to such media irresponsibility.

His Latest Whopper…

“Why did American Disaster Liz Cheney … ILLEGALLY DELETE & DESTROY most of the evidence, and related items, from the January 6th Committee of Political Thugs and Misfits. THIS ACT OF EXTREME SABOTAGE MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR MY LAWYERS TO PROPERLY PREPARE FOR, AND PRESENT, A PROPER DEFENSE OF THEIR CLIENT, ME. All of the information on Crazy Nancy Pelosi turning down 10,000 soldiers that I offered to to [sic] guard the Capitol Building, and beyond, is gone.”

Former President Donald Trump, in a Truth Social media post, Jan 1, 2024

Trump’s Web of Deception: Debunking the Troop Request Myth

A Washington Post investigation in 2021 debunked Trump’s claim of requesting 10,000 troops before January 6, awarding it Four Pinocchios. The recent committee report reiterates the lack of evidence, and a judge dismisses it as “incredible.” Trump’s narrative crumbles under scrutiny, revealing a consistent pattern of exaggeration.

Pelosi’s Alleged Rejection

Contrary to Trump’s persistent narrative, he never issued a formal troop request, rendering Pelosi’s supposed rejection a fabrication. The committee’s report underscores Trump’s vague and self-serving references, debunking his assertion. Trump’s attempt to shift blame onto Pelosi collapses when confronted with the absence of a legitimate request.

Trump’s Web of Deception: The Missing Evidence Claim

Trump accuses Liz Cheney of destroying evidence from the January 6 Committee, alleging extreme sabotage. However, the special counsel prosecuting him contradicts this, confirming the provision of materials through discovery. Trump’s accusations against Cheney lack credibility, raising questions about the motives behind such unfounded claims.

Trump’s Web of Deception: Pattern of Falsehoods

The former President’s strategy involves relentless repetition of false claims. The 10,000-troop saga exemplifies this manipulative pattern, where he elevates falsehoods with a dusting of new information, often derived from a fraction of fact. This deliberate strategy aims to create confusion and muddle the truth, leaving the public struggling to differentiate between reality and Trump’s distorted narrative.

Selective Amnesia and Wild Accusations

Conveniently, Trump forgets his vague troop references and shifts the blame to Cheney, using wild accusations of illegal destruction of evidence. This tactic creates confusion, diverting attention from the lack of substance in his original claims and undermining accountability. Trump’s selective amnesia and baseless accusations further erode trust in his credibility.

Trump’s Web of Deception: A Deceptive Legacy

The 10,000-troop saga is not an isolated incident but part of a broader pattern. Trump’s presidency was marred by a consistent disregard for truth, as seen in claims ranging from election fraud to the handling of the Capitol insurrection. This deceptive legacy poses a challenge for historians and the American public in assessing the veracity of his statements.

Consequences for Democracy

The consequences of Trump’s deceptive tactics extend beyond his presidency. A democracy relies on a well-informed citizenry, and Trump’s deliberate misinformation erodes the foundation of public discourse. As society grapples with disinformation, understanding the extent of Trump’s impact becomes crucial for safeguarding the democratic process.

Conclusion

Deciphering Trump’s truth from fiction demands vigilant scrutiny. The 10,000-troop saga reveals a deliberate strategy of spreading misinformation, leaving the public to discern fact from Trump’s web of deception. As he amplifies false narratives, the need for critical examination becomes paramount in understanding the truth amid the fog of Trump’s misleading rhetoric. It underscores the importance of a discerning public in navigating through the labyrinth of falsehoods constructed by a former president, whose legacy is tarnished by a trail of baseless claims and selective amnesia. In the quest for truth, the lessons from Trump’s deceptive legacy must guide the way forward for the nation.

One last thought. Trump claims that he is exercising his right to free speech. Nothing could be further from the truth. Free speech does not allow one to shout FIRE in a crowded theatre. It does not allow slanderous speech. In short, it does not allow for irresponsible speech. Consistently lying to promote one’s political ambitions is irresponsible speech and must not be tolerated in a democratic republic.

By Politics-as-Usual

Roger is a retired Professor of language and literacy. Over the past 15 years since his retirement, Roger has kept busy with reading, writing, and creating landscape photographs. In this time of National crisis, as Fascist ideas and policies are being introduced to the American people and ignored by the Mainstream Press, he decided to stand up and be counted as a Progressive American with some ideas that should be shared with as many people who care to read and/or participate in discusssions of these issues. He doesn't ask anyone to agree with his point of view, but if entering the conversation he demands civility. No conspiracy theories, no wild accusations, no threats, no disrespect will be tolerated. Roger monitors all comments and email communication. That is the only rule for entering the conversation. One may persuade, argue for a different point of view, or toss out something that has not been discussed so long as the tone remains part of a civil discussion. Only then can we find common ground and meaningful democratic change.

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