Trump’s presidency in the first week brought back to mind Lewis Carroll’s story of Alice in Wonderland. Perhaps you know of it how Alice arrived in the court of justice and the king was in the judge’s chair and the jury was assembled. How the indictment accused the Knave of Hearts of stealing the Queen’s tarts. The trial took evidence and then:
`Let the jury consider their verdict,’ the King said, for about the twentieth time that day.
`No, no!’ said the Queen. `Sentence first–verdict afterwards.’
`Stuff and nonsense!’ said Alice loudly. `The idea of having the sentence first!’
`Hold your tongue!’ said the Queen, turning purple.
`I won’t!’ said Alice.
`Off with her head!’ the Queen shouted at the top of her voice. Nobody moved.
How well we now experience that in America.
We know that the Trump “[t]his week, . . . told members of Congress that he would have won the popular vote, were it not for 3 to 5 million votes cast against him by “illegals.” And when asked about it at the Tuesday press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer affirmed that “the president does believe that.”
Now it is important whether this is true because it is in the head of the president since he has clearly stated it. You would think, unless you were in Alice’s world where the person was to be sentenced before the verdict, a statement by the president that there were millions of illegal votes would be based on something.
I know the Trump team and his supporters are pointing here and there to justify his statement. Just like they try to tell us that Trump was not lying when he said at the CIA that his inauguration was attended by a million or a million and a half people. Keep in mind his statement was preceded by him saying how he woke up and saw people showing pictures that the Mall was half full and that he saw the crowd out to the Washington Monument; or that his press secretary Spicer blamed the new flooring (which wasn’t new) or the use of security devices (which were not used) and touted the transit figures (which were wrong). Rather than accepting Trump lied, his supporters try to justify his lie by changing the issue suggesting despite the clear evidence otherwise Trump was talking of the audience on TV, the Internet, etc.
This scares me because otherwise intelligent people who should know better are blindly accepting lies and justifying them by changing the question. That’s how society crumbles when people no longer call a lie a lie but look to justify it.
Now back to the three to five million people. What is remarkable about that is that now Trump himself admits that there is no evidence to back up his statement. On Wednesday he tweeted: “I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD . . . . Depending on the results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!”
We’ve already heard the verdict from him — 3 to 5 million; now he wants an investigation. Isn’t that putting everything jackass end backwards? Conclusion first investigation afterwards.
Worse, he admits he has no idea of any voter fraud. Why else say “depending on the result.” He just makes up things and throws them out.
`They all can,’ said the Duchess; `and most of ’em do.’
`I don’t know of any that do,’ Alice said very politely, feeling quite pleased to have got into a conversation.
`You don’t know much,’ said the Duchess; `and that’s a fact.’