President Trump may tell more lies than anyone, even any politician, in U.S. history. Yet his followers don’t seem to mind.
This phenomenon has the rational people of America puzzled and infuriated. “How can they not see or care what a liar he is?”.
My long-time explanation has been:
Trump hates the same people his followers hate.
Trump hates foreigners, especially non-white foreigners who come from “shithole countries: Mexicans, South and Central Americans, and Muslims, blacks, browns, yellows, reds, gays, and anyone who tells the truth about him.
His followers hate the same people, so though Trump lies about virtually everything, his followers remain loyal, as long as he continues to spew bigoted hatred.
So when Trump said, “I will be proud to shut down the government. I will take the mantle. I will not blame you (Democrats) for it” yesterday, and then today wrote, “Democrats own the shutdown,” Trump’s followers were not troubled.
One may ask, “Are these people stupid?” Perhaps they are, but I suspect there is something in addition to the above-mentioned, stupid bigotry going on:
How a powerful Russian propaganda machine chips away at Western notions of truth
By Joby Warrick and Anton Troianovski
The initial plan was a Cold War classic — brutal yet simple. Two Russian agents would slip onto the property of a turncoat spy in Britain and daub his front door with a rare military-grade poison designed to produce an agonizing and untraceable death.
But when the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal was botched, the mission quickly shifted. Within hours, according to British and U.S. officials who closely followed the events, a very different kind of intelligence operation was underway — an elaborate fog machine to make the initial crime disappear.
False narratives and conspiracy theories began popping up almost immediately, the first of 46 bogus storylines put out by Russian-controlled media and Twitter accounts and even by senior Russian officials, all of them sowing doubt about Russia’s involvement in the March 4 assassination attempt.
Ranging from the plausible to the fantastical, the stories blamed a toxic spill, Ukrainian activists, the CIA, British Prime Minister Theresa May, and even Skripal himself.
Variations on the technique existed during the Cold War, when the Soviet Union used propaganda to create alternative realities [What Trump’s mouthpiece, Kellyanne Conway, termed, “alternative facts.”]
But the disinformation campaigns now emanating from Russia are of a different breed, said intelligence officials and analysts.
Engineered for the social media age, they fling up swarms of falsehoods, concocted theories, and red herrings, intended not so much to persuade people as to bewilder them.
And that is the secret to the power of Trump’s constant lying. It is done, not so much to persuade his people, but rather to bewilder them.
(After all these months, who would be persuaded by anything Trump says? Who can even remember what he has said?)
Did he say he would or would not take the blame for the shutdown? Did he admit or deny having an affair with Stormy Daniels and numerous other women? Did he, or did he not, claim the purpose of a Russian meeting was to discuss the adoption of Russian children. Is Michael Cohen a “good man” or “a liar”?
The list of lies and contradictions is endless. Like cockroaches, as soon as one is stomped down, ten more appear.
What did Trump say last about Manafort, about Gates, about Flynn? Can you keep track of the criminals, miscreants, traitors, flimflam artists, and swamp creatures with whom Trump has surrounded himself and foisted on us?
And this doesn’t even include the other criminals that Trump once claimed were “unbelievable,” until they were found to be actually unbelievable: Shulkin, Porter, Manigault-Newman, Price, Bannon, Scaramucci, Yates, Pruitt, et al — all of whom were great until they weren’t.
Can you even remember all those names?
“The mission seems to be to confuse, to muddy the waters,” said Peter Pomerantsev, a former Russian-television producer and author of Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible, a memoir that describes the Kremlin’s efforts to manipulate the news.
The ultimate aim, he said, is to foster an environment in which “people begin giving up on the facts.”
Most people, even those intelligent enough to see that Trump is both incompetent and untrustworthy, are confused by his lies.
When pro-Russian separatists shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, killing 298 passengers and crew members, Russian officials and media outlets sought to pin the blame on the Ukrainian government, suggesting at one point that corpses had been trucked to the crash site to make the death toll appear higher.
In October 2015, months after U.S. and European investigators concluded that Flight 17 had been brought down by a Russian missile fired by separatists, then–presidential candidate Donald Trump told CNN that the culprit was “probably Russia” but suggested that the truth was unknowable.
“To be honest with you, you’ll probably never know for sure,” he said.
The effect of Trump’s constant lies is buttressed by his using the old Hitlerian trick of blaming the opposition for his own faults.
Thus, the crooked owner of the scam operation, Trump University, and the criminal head of the illegal Trump Foundation got away with referring to “Crooked Hillary.”
And the unindicted co-conspirator was able to get his followers to chant, “Lock her up! Lock her up! Lock her up!”
And the draft dodger with phony “bone spurs,” was able to convince his followers that Senator John McCain was “no hero” because he was captured.
And the ultimate liar was able to get away with calling Ted Cruz, “Lyin’ Ted,” perhaps assisted by the fact that Cruz really is a liar.
And the crook with multiple bankruptcies of casinos (who could bankrupt a casono) gets away with “Failing NY Times.”
And the man of infinite lies gets away with “Sneaky Dianne Feinstein.”
Putin brought Russia’s privately owned, freewheeling TV networks to heel in one of his first major moves as president.
The Kremlin now controls all of Russia’s main national television channels.
They deliver a strident, conspiratorial, pro-Kremlin message in hours of lavishly produced talk shows and newsmagazine programs every night.
This is what Trump has said he wants to do: Sue and destroy any “fake media” that tell “fake news” he doesn’t like.
Providing further amplification are social media “troll” factories where hundreds of workers are paid to disseminate false stories on the internet, under official direction.
The U.S. version of “troll factories” is Trump himself, aided and abetted by Fox “News,” Rush Limbaugh, and Breitbart.
Russian politicians and diplomats then chime in, often ridiculing any official investigation and denouncing claims of Russian involvement.
The U.S. version of the above is the GOP, who despite repeated indictments and convictions of Trump’s traitorous associates, continue to parrot the claim that Mueller’s investigation is a witchhunt that should end.
“As for who to believe, who you can’t believe, can you believe at all?” Putin mused, before answering his own questions: “You can’t believe anyone.“
Certainly, not Donald J. Trump.
In short, Trump’s firehose stream of lies is designed to exhaust the listener, so that everything blends into a fog. He relies on false equivalences to confuse among “bad” lies, “white” lies, exaggerations, the truth.
When he is accused of lying, his acolytes mention some other person, usually “Hillary, “Obama,” or “the Democrats,” who may or may not have done something bad, and whatever that may be, excuses everything Trump does.
“Trump separates children from their parents” is equated with the myth of “Benghazi.” “Trump has told more than 3,000 lies this year,” is excused by “Well, Obama lied too.” Every Trump failing is excused, most often by a false reference.
And because he has so many failings, nothing stands out, and everything is excused by his followers, with references to “Hillary, Obama, the Democrats.”
That is the genius of the man: Confusing his followers with volume.
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Ten Steps To Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA
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