Trump Doesn’t ‘Misspeak’ or ‘Twist the Truth,’ He Flat-Out Lies and Makes Stuff Up

Can we please stop with this nonsense that Donald Trump’s always-growing list of blatant lies, misinformation, and conspiracies is just “typical politician speak” where facts are often twisted and data is cherry-picked in order to meet an agenda?

That’s not what Trump does.

He lies — all the time.

Even worse, Trump just makes stuff up about huge, wide-ranging issues that affect us all. As we learned a couple of weeks ago, despite claiming that the United States is running a trade deficit with Canada (when it’s not), he admitted to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that he didn’t really know. 

Then there was his recent tweet about DACA where Trump claimed that illegal immigrants were rushing across the border to take advantage of the program, proving that even though he’s been ranting about DACA for months, he has absolutely no idea what the program is or who qualifies for it.

Otherwise he’d realize that new illegal immigrants do not qualify for DACA. So, no, people aren’t “rushing across the border to take advantage of the program” — because they don’t qualify.

Yet that hasn’t stopped this “president” from talking about DACA, even though it’s clear he doesn’t know much (if anything) about it.

When he claimed that past presidents didn’t call Gold Star families while they were in office, he had no idea if that was true. Again, he was simply making something up in a desperate attempt to make himself look good after he was exposed lying about contacting all the families of the soldiers who had died while he was in office.

To get an idea of how often Trump lies, look no further than his scorecard on Politifact where 68 percent of the 538 comments (369 total) they’ve fact checked have been either Mostly False, False, or Pants on Fire.

By contrast, only 16 percent have been rated True or Mostly True, while 15 percent have been labeled as Half True.

Then we have another huge issue that apparently his supporters couldn’t care less about: Trump’s take on the economy, the unemployment rate, and our monthly jobs report

Prior to his election, he called these numbers “phony,” “made up,” and a “hoax.” He once claimed unemployment was as “high as 42 percent.”

Did he have any facts or data to back any of this up? No, of course not — he simply made it up.

Yet the moment he took office, despite absolutely nothing changing, suddenly he was trying to take credit for the strong economy. Magically, the same numbers he called “fake” were 100 percent factual and he wanted credit for them, despite the fact that they were clearly a continuation of the economic success we had seen during most of Obama’s presidency.

The same economic success he frequently called a “disaster.” The only thing that changed was the transition from our 44th to our 45th “president.”

Yet, suddenly the exact same numbers Trump said shouldn’t be believed, and the economy he said was terrible, was now “strong” and the numbers were completely real.

For the record, while still a strong year for the economy, 2017 was the worst year for job growth since 2010.

Look, I’m well aware that all politicians lie. However, there’s a huge difference between the blatant fabrications Trump tells and the way normal politicians often twist facts or omit data to shape a narrative into a more favorable light.

I’m just sick and tired of people acting as if Trump’s constant lies are somehow “normal political misspeak and exaggerations.”

Excuse my language, but that’s total bullshit.

Donald Trump is a fraud, a con man, incompetent, unhinged and a damn liar. He wakes up every morning, pours a fat bowl of Fox & Friends talking points, and sends his mind’s trolley off to some hellish “Neighborhood of Make-Believe” where facts don’t matter and anybody who says otherwise deserves strict condemnation. He ignores reality and even simple common sense for no other purpose than to make himself look good and fool the millions of his supporters who are too gullible to question anything he says.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.