I wrote about this yesterday. Trump has to be the best of everything even if it is meaningless. He sent his press secretary out at his first press conference to angrily spout out several lies for the purpose of making believe that Trump had the most people attend his inauguration and that he received overwhelming applause at his speech at the CIA. Truly these are things no one really cares about yet Trump is obsessed with them to the point he will lie about them in the face of facts conclusively showing they are wrong. Have you known of any other president who was so obsessed with the numbers who attended his inauguration?
It is not just that. He has people around him who will go along with the lie. There is no one who will tell him to stop manufacturing the truth. Sadly, there will also be a great minority of people who will follow along with the lie even when proved wrong.
What type of person has to think that he is the best in everything that is done and will lie to support this belief? Do you wonder if he is trying to fool himself and cannot face the true facts; or does he know that he is lying but is attempting to fool the public?
As I noted the lies have been about things that don’t matter. It is not how many people who attended the inauguration that counts it is what the person does in the job. Did it make a difference to subsequent presidents that Ronald Reagan had the highest Nielsen ratings for the number of people who watched his inauguration? People don’t care about that. They know an inauguration attendance is affected by many things including snow, cold and rain. What they care about is that the person does a credible job as president and acts to improve their chances for happiness.
Pope Francis on Sunday spoke to this. Asked about Trump he said: “I think that we must wait and see. I don’t like to get ahead of myself nor judge people prematurely. We will see how he acts, what he does, and then I will have an opinion. But being afraid or rejoicing beforehand because of something that might happen is, in my view, quite unwise.”
If Trump is to lie about things that don’t amount to a hill of beans what will he do when important matters come up? Can you now trust him to tell the truth? What about his press spokesman Sean Spicer? Do you think there is anyway he can restore his credibility after he spends his first press conference spurting out lies about silly things?
We should have seen it coming. He talks about having an overwhelming victory when he lost the popular vote by 2.8 million votes. He said this to Chris Wallace: “We had a massive landslide victory, as you know, in the Electoral College, . . . “ This too was repeated by his staff loyalists. The truth is that his victory ranked between the lowest one-fourth and one-fifth in all Electoral College victories. He was behind Harry Truman and in front of John F. Kennedy. He was far from Ronald Reagan who was the fifth highest just behind FDR’s rank in 1936.
Pope Francis also spoke about the populism which was throughout the Trump inaugural address. He said, “In my opinion, the most obvious example of European populism is Germany in 1933… A people that was immersed in a crisis, that looked for its identity until this charismatic leader came and promised to give their identity back, and he gave them a distorted identity, and we all know what happened.”
I read this statement by a man who gained a position of power: “in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie.”
I imagined I saw Trump walking on the trek I am on toward the truth. There he was standing at a rest point in the path about 100 or so feet in front of me. “That’s strange,” I thought, “I had not noticed he was in front of me.” I watched as he picked up his pack and continued on. He was coming toward me. No wonder I had not seen him. He was walking away from the truth. I wondered what kind of hell awaits those who trek away from the truth, those who follow him, and others who will be affected by him.