Why Trump Should Frighten You – And He’s Only Just Begun

CharlatanI 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.

 

14 thoughts on “Why Trump Should Frighten You – And He’s Only Just Begun

  1. He won, huh? 🙂 Sounds like you never really liked the guy. That is your right. The Democratic Process is a beautiful thing . People actually got to vote for a guy they liked, warts and all, and now he’s the President. Get over it. He was fairly elected. Bi-Partisanship behooves you work with The Man .

  2. Trump has a good sense of the ridiculous which is what a lügenpresse obsesses over. Each day the master showman will do something meaty that could rouse up meaningful opposition on policy grounds like issuing new directives on how to handle illegal immigrants and toss in a dust bunny like a definition of biggest audience for the idiots to tear apart. Of course they go for the fluff.

    There is only so much oxygen in the room. Going bonkers over trivial matters is cutting the media establishment out of the business of the state. Matt, you haven’t figured it out yet – he is playing you for a sucker – and you are cooperating.

    Many sincere thanks to the Main Stream Media, a/k/a fake news, for helping to deconstruct the policies of the more recent past administrations and Congresses. Trump’s agenda will not succeed without the Washington press corps’ collective stupidity deflecting attention away from the people’s business.

  3. Matt: Your premises are wrong: 1. Trump said it “looked like” a million; it did, from the podium, as Henry Barth’s CNN megapixel photo shows.
    2. Spicer said “largest audience” “live and around the globe”; add in TV and Internet, and it probably was.
    3. Trump said “A massive landslide” “in the electoral college”: that was HYPERBOLE — not a lie; it likely was a barb; a quip; a rejoinder; a counter-punch thrown in response to the many pre-election predictions by the MSM that Hillary would win in a “landslide”.
    4. Other non-lies: Obama’s “The seas will stop rising” “ISIS is the j.v. team” “Bush started Fast & Furious”. “You can save $2,500 on your insurance” “You can keep your doctor”
    5. Accept the fact, as Mr. McDonald said, Trump won. I remember on election day when the exit polls came in, how gleeful the anti-Trump folks were. “It’s over.” They said. A mistake; not a lie!!! The pollsters were mistaken; not lying.
    6.THERE IS NOTHING TO FEAR BUT FEAR ITSELF; CHARITY TOWARDS ALL, MALICE TOWARDS NONE, except I reserve a little malice for the oftentimes biased Main Stream Media. For example: On Monday, Wash-Post, in a lengthy column, said the only reason Trump got applause at the CIA is he planted a claque of sycophantic applauders in the audience. Read it and weep for the MSM in this country.
    7. Good for Trump to call out the MSM: Alexander Hamilton’s father in law said, “Your character is not to be sported with; respond emphatically to personal attacks.” Trump will continue to respond to what he perceives as false and slanted reporting by the MSM. Good for him; good for the country.
    8. It matters!

    1. Bill:

      1. Trump said more than that he said: “Now that’s not bad. But it’s a lie. We had 250,000 people literally around, you know, the little bowl that we constructed. That was 250,000 people. The rest of the 20 block area all the way back to the Washington Monument was packed. So we caught them. And we caught them in a beauty. And I think they’re going to pay a big price.”
      2. Spicer was talking about the Mall –he said “ photographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way, in one particular tweet, to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall . . . the first time in our nation’s history that floor coverings have been used (wrong) . . . This was also the first time that fencing and magnetometers went as far back on the Mall, (wrong) . . . We know that 420,000 people used the D.C. Metro public transit yesterday, which actually compares to 317,000 that used it for President Obama’s last inaugural (wrong) . . . . This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe. Even the New York Times printed a photograph showing a misrepresentation of the crowd in the original Tweet in their paper, which showed the full extent of the support, depth in crowd, and intensity that existed.” It is clear he was talking about the Mall (the other figures were not available at that time )
      3. Are you going to say the three to five million illegal votes were hyperbole?
      4. I’m not concerned with Obama – it’s the new guy in his first week who causes the troubles.
      5. Trump won but he won with the help of the Russians and FBI Director Comey. His win is tainted badly. Just because he won does not mean I have to keep shut about his lies.
      6. You too have fallen into Trump’s trap – disbelieve the media and believe only him. It is a fact that the Trump people did attend the CIA briefing. It is the same thing he did at his news conference. He brings along a cheering team.
      7. Trump and his staff have lied since he got sworn in yet you want to blame the media for calling him on it.

  4. ” dust bunny ” is pretty damn strong as well … Some robust phrasing goin’ on round here. DJ Trump is going to keep spinning the records that are going to make for a raucous and fun fun fun Party . Nothing … East Coast Elitist bland about this President . We are emerging from a National torpor! 🙂 Now …. Git Git Git out on the dance floor, and wave your hands in the air cuz’ you really do care!

  5. Matt, while pretending not to get suckered into a dust bunny – a very apt phrase chosen by tadzio – you have turned into a whirling dervish about a dust bunny, along with the “slippery slope” argument – OH, MY GOD, IF HE LIES ABOUT LITTLE THINGS ABOUT ATTENDANCE, HE WILL LIE ABOUT EVERYTHING.

    US history is the history of the pendulum swinging left and right. Obama and his adherents swung way to the left, and a good time was had by all lefties trying to impose all sorts of political correctness on everyone.

    Now the US has swung right. And that includes white women, where the majority of those voting voted for Trump.

    The media focuses on really little points because it’s easy. After all, when the practice is the dumb everything down to the level of “Joe Six-pack” – well, it’s just media idiots who are rabidly screeching and screaming about Donald Trump at the Joe Six-pack level.

    Lots of fun for media idiots, but singularly pointless and uninformative.

    And I did see the megapixel photo link that Henry Barth posted. Plus all the other comments about this particular dust bunny.

    Now the Pope and even Ben Stein!!!!!!!! want to harken back to Nazi Germany!!!!!

    Seriously????????????

    All of the media frenzy about the inaugural attendance dust bunny reminds me of the Bugs Bunny cartoon where he controls various dogs and others by making them chase various treats.

    What is horrific is the media idiots keep focusing on this bunny. They want to get Trump so bad they can taste it. The Bugs Bunny cartoons were far more entertaining – and informative.

    1. Elmer:

      Nice try. You have fallen for the Trump bait. You now blame the media for the “frenzy about the inaugural attendance.” That’s what Trump’s people is putting out when it is Trump who has caused the problem by his lies. Did Trump say at the CIA that one to one and a half million people attended his inauguration – did his spokesman angrily try to justify the figure talking about transit numbers, new security measures, and new flooring all which turned out to be false.

      The media is pointing out the lies (do you believe he and his staff are lying?) and somehow they have been turned into the villains. This isn’t about right or left, it is about the truth. Trump has been pushing the lie and the media is supposed to accept it. Makes no sense to me.

      1. Matt, the media is not supposed to accept lies, nor are they supposed to perpetrate lies.

        Nor are they supposed to make a mountain out of a molehill.

        I’ve seen the pressers, and I’ve seen all sorts of media reports.

        This is certainly about left and right, and the media idiots who clearly have a liberal bent, because they view themselves as some sort of “activists.”

        Dumbing down to the level of Joe Sixpack is their mission, because for the most part, they are lazy and they are stupid.

        Spicer clarified his statement. The midiots should get out of their rabid red zone (a Cesar Milan term, except that he uses only the term “red zone” with dogs, not “rabid” – even dogs are better than the lamestream media, because they do get out of the “red zone”, unlike rabid lefties)

        The media should let it go, already.

  6. a liberal is someone who walks
    out of the room
    when a argument turns into a fight

    a conservative
    is a liberal who has been mugged

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