All politicians lie, but Donald Trump takes things to a whole other level. It’s not just that he lies, it’s that he says things that aren’t remotely grounded on even a shred of half-truths or reality. It’s one thing to cherry pick information to create a talking point that isn’t contextually accurate; it’s an entirely different story to just make something up out of thin air.
Take for instance comments he made during an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly where he claimed that a “moment of silence” had been held for the murderer who killed five Dallas police officers last week.
“It’s getting more and more obvious and it’s very sad, very sad,” Trump said. “When somebody called for a moment of silence to this maniac that shot the five police, you just see what’s going on. It’s a very, very sad situation.”
He also said this same thing during a campaign stop in Indiana.
“The other night you had 11 cities potentially in a blow-up stage,” he said. “Marches all over the United States—and tough marches. Anger. Hatred. Hatred! Started by a maniac! And some people ask for a moment of silence for him. For the killer!”
As usual, his outrageous assertion is simply not true. There’s absolutely no evidence, or any kind of credible media coverage, of anyone calling for a moment of silence for the monster who killed five police officers last week.
You don’t have to believe me on that, just ask Donald Trump’s campaign co-chair Sam Clovis.
When pressed by CNN’s Chris Cuomo to provide the evidence to prove that there were calls for a moment of silence for the Dallas shooter, Clovis repeatedly tried to dodge the question, before eventually conceding that he hadn’t seen any evidence to support Trump’s claim.
“I personally have not,” Clovis said. “I’ve seen moments where I’ve seen in some of these demonstrations, I’ve seen there’s a reverence paid to the shooter that is, really, it’s startling. I think that is—when you have a person who purposefully and with intent murders five police officers, that’s terrible, and I don’t think you should celebrate that in any way shape or form.”
This is the same crap Trump pulls constantly. He makes these ridiculous statements with his “source” typically being “I’ve heard” or “they’re saying.” However, when he’s pressed to actually provide proof or name the sources where he got his information, his answer is typically “I’ll have to get back to you” — then he never does.
The truth is, Trump gets a lot of his “information” from right-wing blogs that are often nothing more than absurd conspiracy theory sites. It’s rare that you’ll ever see Trump provide a source for any of his long (and ever-growing) list of lies, most of which have been soundly debunked. In fact, I can’t remember a time when Trump has ever provided a solid source for something he’s said when someone from the media called him out on one of his many lies.
But I found it rather embarrassing for the Trump campaign that, just a day after making this ridiculous lie, Donald Trump’s own campaign co-chair publicly admitted that there doesn’t seem to be any evidence to support his candidate’s claims.
Fortunately for Donald Trump, most of his supporters are such mindless sheep, this won’t matter. If these folks didn’t care about him belittling war veterans, mocking a man with disabilities or making up insane lies about 9/11 — the many racists and bigots certainly won’t mind him blatantly lying in a clear attempt to slander African-Americans.