Trump’s Lies

 NY Times, Friday, July 21, 2017:

„Many Americans have become accustomed to President Trump’s lies. But as regular as they have become, the country should not allow itself to become numb to them. So we have catalogued nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath of office. Updated July 21: The president is still lying, so we’ve added to this list, and provided links to the facts in each case. (…)

President Trump’s political rise was built on a lie (about Barack Obama’s birthplace). His lack of truthfulness has also become central to the Russia investigation, with James Comey, the former director of the F.B.I., testifying under oath about Trump’s “lies, plain and simple.”

There is simply no precedent for an American president to spend so much time telling untruths. Every president has shaded the truth or told occasional whoppers. No other president — of either party — has behaved as Trump is behaving. He is trying to create an atmosphere in which reality is irrelevant.

We have set a conservative standard here, leaving out many dubious statements (like the claim that his travel ban is “similar” to Obama administration policy). Some people may still take issue with this standard, arguing that the president wasn’t speaking literally. But we believe his long pattern of using untruths to serve his purposes, as a businessman and politician, means that his statements are not simply careless errors.

We are using the word “lie” deliberately. Not every falsehood is deliberate on Trump’s part. But it would be the height of naïveté to imagine he is merely making honest mistakes. He is lying.

Trump Told Public Lies or Falsehoods Every Day for His First 40 Days

The list above uses the conservative standard of demonstrably false statements. By that standard, Trump told a public lie on at least 20 of his first 40 days as president. But based on a broader standard — one that includes his many misleading statements (like exaggerating military spending in the Middle East) — Trump achieved something remarkable: He said something untrue, in public, every day for the first 40 days of his presidency. The streak didn’t end until March 1. (…)

On days without an untrue statement, he is often absent from Twitter, vacationing at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, or busy golfing. (…)

Für die Liste aller Trump-Lügen vom 21. Januar bis 21. Juli 2017:

Es ist vielleicht bezeichnend, dass die schiere Anzahl der regelrechten Lügen oder der „alternativen Fakten“, die Trump ununterbrochen verbreitet, nicht ausreicht, um diesen Präsidenten untragbar zu machen. Offenbar ist das Lügen in der Politik legitim in den Augen eines Großteils der amerikanischen Bevölkerung. Die ‚New York Times‘ dagegen wird nicht müde zu warnen und zu erinnern, niemals abzustumpfen oder zu resignieren angesichts dieser beispiellos niveaulosen und chaotischen  Präsidentschaft.

 

 

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