If the first weekend of Barack Obama’s successor’s administration is any indication of what we’re looking at over the next four years, as Samuel L. Jackson’s character said in Jurassic Park, “Hold on to your butts.”
I’m not exaggerating when I say that we’re now living in a country led by an administration that’s utilizing propaganda tactics taken straight out of the “Dictatorship Handbook.”
This is not a cherry picking of the facts, or even a twisting of the truth, which is typical behavior we’re used to seeing from politicians. I’m talking about blatant fabrications — lies that can be indisputably and easily debunked — being pushed as “fact” by the administration in charge of this country.
On Sunday, we had three perfect examples of embarrassing moments that prove how ignorant someone has to be to believe anything Donald Trump says.
Let’s start with an interview Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus had with Fox News’ Chris Wallace where he continued to push the lie that the crowd for the inauguration was the largest in history.
After Priebus claimed that the reports of a small inauguration crowd was a media conspiracy, Wallace humiliated him by showing side-by-side pictures of the differences in crowd size between Obama’s 2009 inauguration and Trump’s this year. Unfortunately, seeing reality firsthand didn’t have any impact on Priebus’ lies.
“I think this is a ridiculous conversation,” Wallace stated. “There were huge areas, he [Trump] said there were crowds all the way to the Washington Monument.”
“There was,” Priebus shot back.
“You know what? We’ll put up the picture again,” Wallace replied, clearly annoyed.
Even as the White House chief of staff continued to claim that there weren’t huge swaths of empty areas, Wallace kept reminding him that he was there and saw what Trump and his lackeys are claiming isn’t true.
This was completely crazy, but it gets even worse.
Next up was Kellyanne Conway finally admitting what many of us already knew, that Trump is never going to release his tax returns.
“The White House response is he’s not going to release his tax returns,” said Conway on ABC’s This Week.
“We litigated this all through the election. People didn’t care,” Conway added.
Actually, most people do care. In fact, 74 percent of people want to see Trump’s tax returns.
This is the same man who claimed he was going to have the most transparent administration in history, who lied for months about his taxes, and is refusing to do something that every president over the last 40+ years has done.
Naturally, like the mindless sheep that they are, Trump’s supporters are already downplaying this, claiming they don’t care. That’s completely ridiculous considering the fact that I can guarantee you if a Democrat was the one refusing to release their tax returns, these same people defending Trump would be accusing the Democrat of being a crook who had something to hide.
The hypocrisy is mind-boggling.
However, the most ridiculous moment on Sunday occurred during an interview Conway had with Meet the Press. After host Chuck Todd pointed out that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer lied when he said Trump’s inauguration crowd was the largest in history, Conway essentially admitted that the administration is going to make up whatever “facts” it feels like.
“Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck,” Conway quipped. “They’re saying it’s a falsehood and our press secretary, Sean Spicer, gave alternative facts to that.”
“Wait a minute,” Todd quickly replied. “Alternative facts! Four of the five facts that he uttered were just not true. Alternative facts are not facts, they’re falsehoods.”
Conway then said the attitude Todd had is “symbolic of the way we’re treated by the press.”
There’s no such thing as “alternative facts.” There are facts, then there are lies. When someone denies a fact, that’s called lying. Donald Trump’s inauguration crowd wasn’t even close to being the largest in history — end of story. There’s no “alternative facts” that somehow make his crowd larger than Obama’s.
We’re now living in a country where:
- The White House chief of staff is calling a journalist who personally witnessed what indisputable photographic evidence supports a liar.
- The White House press secretary is pushing blatant lies as “truth” without a shred of evidence to support any of his propaganda.
- A top aide to the man who succeeded Barack Obama is now claiming that lies aren’t lies — they’re “alternative facts.”
This is why I’ve said, unapologetically, that I have zero respect for anyone who supports Donald Trump. This is someone who doesn’t even try to hide the fact that he knows his supporters are idiots. There’s no way a person who respects the intelligence of those backing him would feel that they could get away with this ridiculous propaganda unless he knew the people supporting him are dumb enough to believe his “alternative facts.”
Practically every single day Donald Trump is proving how ignorant his supporters are to believe anything he says.