Bernie Sanders Is Right, Donald Trump Is A ‘Pathological Liar’

awkward-moment-donald-trumpDespite the predictions of many political experts, Donald Trump is still leading the Republican primary polls just weeks away from the Iowa caucuses. When he first announced his campaign, many of us in the media assumed that this was a publicity stunt that would quickly dissipate like the 2012 Herman Cain debacle.

What we failed to take into consideration was all of the years of conservative media hysteria about Barack Obama, and the easy access to social media by uninformed and bigoted right-wing voters. Donald Trump has harnessed the collective angry and ignorant citizens of the United States, and is using social media to promote his candidacy while using minimal funds to do so.

Consider the fact that Donald Trump’s Facebook account has posted hate speech that other accounts have had removed for violating “community standards” – and millions of his followers have shared these posts. He isn’t just spreading hate speech, he’s also promoting outright lies.

On Sunday, Bernie Sanders finally said what many of us have known from the beginning – that Donald Trump is a “pathological liar.”

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called Republican frontrunner Donald Trump a “pathological liar” today on ABC’s “This Week,” saying “much of what he says are lies or gross distortions of reality.”

“I say this straight-forwardly, I think you have a pathological liar there,” he said.

Sanders disputed Trump’s claim there were Muslims celebrating in New Jersey after the September 11th attacks. He argued there has been no video evidence.

“Either it is true or it is not true,” Sanders said. “Nobody has seen a tape of thousands of people celebrating the destruction of the Twin Towers in New Jersey. It doesn’t exist, and [Trump] keeps claiming it. That’s called pathological lying.” (Source)

The truth doesn’t matter to Donald Trump, because he knows his supporters don’t care about history, facts or statistics. He doesn’t have to offer specifics about how he can do a better job than his opponents, all Trump has to do is repeat meaningless talking points and xenophobic rhetoric, and the people who believe in him eat it up.

Here in Louisiana, and across the country, uninformed conservatives are hailing Trump’s campaign and his message of making America great again. They do not understand that his rhetoric is isolating us from the rest of the world, nor do they care. In the conservative social media bubble, liberals and everyone who isn’t exactly like them are what is wrong with our country – and only god, Donald Trump, and more guns can fix our problems.

His statements have a horrible track record with fact-checkers like Politifact, but the people who have joined Donald Trump’s fascist-lite movement aren’t concerned with the facts. Sadly, this is the state of American politics.

We have a choice in 2016. We can move our country forward, or we can repeat the mistakes of the Bush years – or even Mussolini’s Italy or Franco’s Spain. It is up to the informed voters of America to reject the ignorance and hatred of Donald Trump’s unhinged social media campaign.


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  • Edward Krebbs

    Of course, the pathological liar is just one characteristic of Trump. As noted a few days back, narcissism is high on his constellation of pathologic behaviors too. Then you’ve got the fear of anything that isn’t Trump; outright hateful behavior; etc. etc.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      These are viewed as “leadership traits” to the diehard republicans, which is why they love Putin so much too.

    • Lorrie Watkins

      Yes. It seems that anyone addressing him with anything even slightly contrary to his rhetoric is shut down by
      *Talking over them/not letting them get a word in
      *Removing them by force
      *Ridiculing, then dismissing them
      *Counteracting them with a phony “fact” or “statistic”

  • strayaway

    Speaking of liars and this is what got this discussion going, Hillary made the claim in the last debate that Trump ” is becoming ISIS’s best recruiter. They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.”

    “Clinton said that ISIS is “going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.”

    We were unable to find any evidence to support this. The Clinton campaign did not provide any evidence that this is already happening — only that it could be happening, or that it may in the future. If ISIS was using Trump for recruitment videos, we would expect a frenzy of media coverage over it. We rate this claim False.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      93% of the time, Donald Trump is lying. That is no small task:

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist
    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      Asked whether she would indeed apologize, a spokesman for Clinton’s campaign said, “Hell no.”

      • strayaway

        This was golden. Trump claimed she made the story up. The author of this article claimed that Trump was “also promoting outright lies” and mentioned Politfact. Was Trump’s claim that Hillary made her debate story up a lie? Even Politifact said no. In this exchange, Politifact says Hillary was the liar, not Trump.

    • FD Brian

      Has ISIS leadership been asked if Trump is recruiting tool yet? We have their phone numbers, right?

      • strayaway

        I have no idea. What we’ve been told is that Islam is a religion of peace so it would be a contradiction if Muslims rushed out to join IS or shoot up Paris nightclubs and Nigerian girls schools just because one of 14 US presidential candidates wasn’t friendly.

      • FD Brian

        less than 2% of muslims are radicalized to point of ISIS, but a larger percentage are nuts.

      • strayaway

        I don’t know what percentage but its wondrous that civilization and society can be brought down by just 1%. The tolerances to make things work are marvelously small. A recent poll of Syrian refugees in Europe said that 13% of those refugees were sympathetic with IS. Maybe our vetting will weed all the bad guys out.

  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    The facts are clear. Donald Trump only tells the truth 6% of the time. The other 93%, YES THAT’S NINETY THREE PERCENT, he tells half truths 17%, and the other 75% of the time he’s rated as mostly false, false, or flat out lies.

    The man will lie when the truth sounds better. He will never be President of the United States of America. It seems like his fallback is to be President of Russia anyway, and I’m sure he has a better chance there than here.

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  • Lorrie Watkins

    In my opinion Donald Trump is a pathological liar. He has been slandering President Obama for years. He claims that Obama was not born in America. . Even after Obama showed his birth certificate on national television, Donald continued to incite thousands of gullible people into believing that he is ineligible for his office. In America, a person is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. With all the powerful political enemies that President Obama has scrutinizing him, wouldn’t he be impeached by now if he was not an American born citizen? Why doesn’t Trump with all his millions of dollars take him to court if he has a case against him? The answer is that he has no evidence. This is only one of many, many lies.
    Unfortunately, America has been lagging behind some more enlightened countries in the education and mental/emotional development of its citizenry. There are many American people who are compassionate, logical thinking, and are astute at weeding out good sources of information from bad. However, we have more than our fair share of unfortunates that are stunted in reasoning ability, lack empathy, and have difficulty separating erroneous propaganda from well substantiated facts (Please check out Robin Grille books and videos to understand why). These are the kind of people that Donald Trump has been able to rally by arousing fear. hatred, and xenophobia.