Whether most of the people reading this like it or not, we’re now living in a world where our next president doesn’t believe he’s bound by the laws of reality when it comes to most of the things he says. There’s “normal” lying where someone twists or cherry picks the facts to claim something that isn’t exactly true — then there’s the way Trump lies. He literally makes things up because he’s well aware of the fact that the people supporting him are gullible enough to believe anything that he says.
A great example of this came on Wednesday when — yet again — Trump was busted trying to brag about creating jobs that he had absolutely nothing to do with.
“Because of what’s happening and the spirit and the hope I was just called by the head people at Sprint and they’re going to be bringing 5,000 jobs back to the United States,” Trump said.
After reports began to circulate with people calling him out for the fact that these jobs had already been announced, Trump doubled-down on his lie.
“I just spoke with the head person. He said because of me they’re doing 5,000 jobs in this country,” he told reporters.
Keep in mind that this is also a man who said that the NFL personally sent him a letter complaining about the schedule of the presidential debates that the league quickly denied ever sending, as well as trying to take credit for “saving” jobs at Ford which the company had never once said they were going to outsource in the first place.
Though as Engadget’s Timothy J. Seppala found out, these jobs were part of a deal made before the election:
Here’s the problem: Despite what Trump and the press release from Sprint said (and what its CEO recently tweeted), these jobs were part of a previous announcement from Softbank (Sprint’s parent company) CEO Masayoshi Son — not the direct result of working with Trump.
In mid-October, Softbank announced that the company was sinking $100 billion into a tech-investment fund.
After reaching out to Sprint, Seppala finally got a spokesperson to confirm that these jobs are part of a deal that Donald Trump had nothing to do with.
I tagged Sprint in a tweet about the situation, and it wasn’t until after that started getting retweeted that the spokesperson responded.
“This is part of the 50,000 jobs that Masa previously announced,” she said. “This total will be a combination of newly created jobs and bringing some existing jobs back to the U.S.”
As Seppala pointed out, Sprint initially went along with Trump’s lie — only later admitting that these jobs were planned before he was elected.
See, this is the big problem with what Trump’s been doing. He’s meeting with these companies, supposedly “making deals,” but nobody really knows what’s being promised by Trump to these businesses. Obviously, this creates an environment where the heads of these companies might be more inclined to lie about why they’re doing something to make Trump look better based on whatever secretive deal he made with them. After all, wouldn’t that be in their best interests? Promise to support a president’s lie to make him look good and, in turn, he works out some sort of “handshake deal” that most Americans will never know about because there’s no record of what was promised — because this was all done privately.
An environment such as that is a breeding ground for corruption. A man soon to have the power of the Oval Office making secret deals with companies that may then lie about why they’re doing something as part of these agreements where Trump benefits, the company benefits, but most Americans get screwed.
That’s why, as president, he’s supposed to push for legislation to get passed by Congress — not go company-by-company making closed-door deals that the American people know nothing about.
If these first few weeks following his November 8th win are any indicator as to what we’re in for over these next four years, the next 48 months are going to be even worse than I had originally feared.
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