Your Weekly Donald: Keeping Track of Trumpster’s Lies


The Donald has called Secretary Clinton a liar a countless number of times. It is exhausting to try to track all of the Trumpster’s lies. To make the effort manageable, you have to narrow the focus or limit the scope. Here’s a parsing of his press conference at his exclusive golf course on July 27. If you want a much more thorough job, start with the Washington Post‘s exhaustive annotations.

“I never met Putin, I don’t know who Putin is,” he said. “He said one nice thing about me. He said I’m a genius. I said thank you very much to the newspaper and that was the end of it. I never met Putin.”

Putin never called Trump a genius. And Trump has actually bragged about meeting Putin when they both appeared on “60 Minutes.”

Trump told reporters at a press conference July 27 that he had “zero” financial connections to Russia. “I have nothing to do with Russia.”

In 2013, Trump took his Miss Universe pageant to Russia and asked for a meeting with Putin that was scheduled, but later canceled. Trump did receive a gift of a lacquered box from the Russian dictator, and made millions off the venture.

Aras Agalarov, one of the oligarchs who made billions with the help of Putin’s corrupt and autocratic government, said he had signed a deal to build a Trump Tower in Russia. But Trump claims he has no connection to Russia.

And that doesn’t even account for the longstanding and lucrative business connections of his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, with Russian oligarchs and the Ukrainian autocrat Viktor Yanukovych, a Kremlin puppet before he was deposed.

Bernie Sanders lied. Bernie Sanders said in his speech the other day that Donald Trump wants the minimum wage to go below $7.

Bernie Sanders was truthful about Donald Trump not supporting minimum wage hike: DNC 2016 Fact Check. In a Republican primary debate last November, Trump said he was against raising the minimum wage when he was specifically asked about a $15 federal minimum wage.

Joe Biden lied today. He said that Donald Trump wants to carpet bomb — he was on television — he said, Donald Trump wants to carpet bomb the enemy in the Middle East.

This is correct. Trump said he wanted to “bomb the shit out of them.”

Her running mate Tim Kaine, who by the way did a terrible job in New Jersey. First act he did in New Jersey was ask for a $4 billion tax increase and he’s not very popular in New Jersey. And he still isn’t.

Virginia, Donald. And Kaine consistently had positive approval ratings in Virginia. a 60% approval rating, in fact. Much higher than the Donald’s.

I am a person that believes in enhanced interrogation, yes. And by the way, it works.

Actually, it didn’t. It also violates a number of treaties and is against U.S. law.

Other NATO members are taking advantage of the U.S. Many countries, including the NATO countries, some of which I think you have five that are current that have paid what they owe.

Actually, NATO members are mostly current in their payments to the treaty organization. The Donald doesn’t like the formula, which is based on gross national product, but that’s what the treaty provides.

Who hacked the DNC email servers. It’s probably not Russia. Nobody knows if it’s Russia. You know the sad thing is? That with the technology and the genius we have in this country, not in government unfortunately, but with the genius we have in government, we don’t even know who took the Democratic National Committee e-mails.

Every indicator points to it being Russia, including the use of Russian language in metadata (that was later stripped out), fingerprints from Russian state-sponsored hackers that were reported even before the emails leaked and evidence that the hacker who’s taken credit for it is Romainian-Russian.

Note the attempt at deflection, too. Attacking the U.S. for not knowing who committed the crime.

That’s a pretty amazing list for a brief press conference. And it’s not exhaustive, by any means. These aren’t gaffes. A gaffe is when a politician inadvertently tells the truth in a way that damages them.

Way back on February 6, Michael Kinsley wrote in an insightful opinion piece:

A great political lie, when it works, performs triple duty. It deceives people about the subject at hand. It deceives people about the character of the politician in question. And it provides a distraction.

It’s hard to believe, but if the Trumpster’s poll data are to be believed, the Trumpster’s political lies are still working.

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