Donald Trump lies so often, I’ve joked that it’s actually more “newsworthy” when he’s honest about something. He’s also someone who seems to believe the rules he feels other people should follow don’t apply to him, and that anyone who accuses him of anything better provide pile after pile of indisputable proof of whatever they say. Meanwhile, he can say whatever the heck he wants, not provide a single shred of evidence for any of it, then call any source that calls out his lies “FAKE NEWS!”
But it’s not just that Trump lies, it’s how he does it.
When most politicians lie, they’re usually twisting reality, cherry picking some sort of data, or taking a quote out of context to imply that someone said something that they really didn’t say.
However, Trump will blatantly lie about things that any person in possession of a smartphone can easily see the facts on. He’s someone who, on multiple occasions, has denied saying or doing things that he’s on video saying or doing. And the worst part is — his supporters still continue to believe anything he says.
A prime example of what I mean came on Tuesday during an interview with Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo where Trump discussed Syria by contradicting everything he said about the war-torn nation and President Obama in 2013.
After saying that the U.S. is “not going into Syria,” that’s when Trump proved that he knows his supporters are stupid enough to believe anything he says.
“What I did should have been done by the Obama administration a long time before I did it, and I think Syria would be a lot better off right now than it has been,” Trump said.
TIME recently put together a rundown of a few of Trump’s tweets from 2013 when President Obama did want to use military force in response to a far worse chemical weapons attack by Assad’s regime. As most people reading this are probably aware, Trump’s attitude about using military force was much different back then.
They put together 16 tweets from 2013 between June 16th t0 September 13th where Trump emphatically spoke out against using military force in Syria. Here are a few of the quotes from those tweets:
We should stay the hell out of Syria, the “rebels” are just as bad as the current regime.
Let the Arab League take care of Syria. Why are these rich Arab countries not paying us for the tremendous cost of such an attack?
What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.
AGAIN, TO OUR VERY FOOLISH LEADER, DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA – IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN & FROM THAT FIGHT THE U.S. GETS NOTHING!
President Obama, do not attack Syria. There is no upside and tremendous downside.
Don’t attack Syria – an attack that will bring nothing but trouble for the U.S. Focus on making our country strong and great again!
Obama must now start focusing on OUR COUNTRY, jobs, healthcare and all of our many problems. Forget Syria and make America great again!
We should stop talking, stay out of Syria and other countries that hate us, rebuild our own country and make it strong and great again-USA!
In other words, on Tuesday, he said the Obama administration should have done what he did last week — even though there’s a well-documented history of Trump publicly criticizing President Obama during the time he was seeking congressional approval to give him the authorization to use military force against Bashar al-Assad. Congressional approve that, by the way, Republicans weren’t going to give him.
So Trump’s not only blaming Obama for not doing the very thing he repeatedly said he shouldn’t do back in 2013, but the reason why Obama never used military force is because, as Trump tweeted, he sought “congressional approval,” yet Trump’s own party was standing in the way.
It’s like I’m living in the Twilight Zone.
Donald Trump is essentially saying that, in 2013, Obama was right and he was wrong. However, instead of admitting that he was wrong, while blaming members of his own party for not giving Obama the approval he had asked them to authorize so he could use military force — he’s blaming the former president for not unconstitutionally bypassing Congress and ordering military strikes that, at the time, Trump had gone on multiple unhinged rants criticizing him for wanting to do.
And Trump supporters wonder why I struggle to show them an ounce of respect.
Watch a preview of the interview below via Fox Business: