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Many Americans believe President Donald Trump simply tells it like it is. Others are convinced that he is untruthful and a con artist. So what does he have to say about this?

In his “Access Hollywood” promotional tour with entertainment correspondent Billy Bush, Mr. Trump kept telling audiences that he had the No. 1 show on television. Finally, Mr. Bush corrected him, noting that “The Apprentice” was never close to No. 1 in any category or in any demographic. Mr. Trump responded: “Billy, look, look, you just tell them and they believe it. They just do.” And, of course, the more it’s repeated, the stronger the belief.

In a conversation between Mr. Trump and his former colleague Anthony (the Mooch) Scaramucci, Mr. Scaramucci asked if it wasn’t all just “an act.” Mr. Trump replied, “I’m a total act, and I don’t understand why people don’t get it.”

And then there is his “fake news” mantra. In an off-camera discussion with Leslie Stahl during a “60 Minutes” interview, Mr. Trump explained the reasoning behind his media bashing: “You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you so when you write negative stories about me, no one will believe it.” So it is not that the mainstream news is fake or untrue, it’s just that people need to think it is.

So did you believe Mr. Trump or not when he said the coronavirus is nothing to worry about, that it is going away on its own, that it is totally under control, that he has an inborn ability to know a great deal about medicine, that there are plenty of tests for the virus and they are beautiful, that it is a Democratic hoax, etc.? If you did, it was at your own peril as well as everyone else’s. Deceiving, disinforming, denying and delaying all have life and death consequences: One can’t con a virus.

Jack Burke

Clayton

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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Satorimark

This view that we can make up whatever we want goes back a long way in right wing Republican circles. Remember Ron Susskind's chilling interview with a high official in the Bush administration (later to be reveled as Karl Rove (a friend of Dear Leader of the 21st Elise Stefanik), who infamously said: “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” (Ron Suskind, NYTimes Magazine, Oct. 17, 2004). Trump may have taken it a step further as he finishing diminishing the "empire" and leaving us only with alternative facts spinning in the hot air of his incessant lies.

Nice_Commenter

I knew America was in trouble when George W Bush promised Saddam Hussein had a Nuclear Weapons program, didn't find it, and was re-elected. Fox News is a cult. The Cult determines their reality.

How many Republicans in the North Country have jobs that are in a government union, and vote Republican who openly say they want to ban government unions. They 100% do vote against their own interests.

rockloper

Ya, tRump tells it like it is. That's why his staff has to constantly follow him around and say "well he really meant this". People are finally taking notice of his drunken like behavior and questioning whether he is actually on something. I've thought this from his first snuffing filled debate with Hillary Clinton. He should be drugged tested.

Holmes -- the real one

The obligatory New Yorker cartoon:

https://cdn.cjr.org/wp-content/themes/cjr2017/images-body/NY1.jpg

Holmes -- the real one

Mr. Jack Burke of Clayton makes several excellent points. All are deserve serious concern; this one is particularly disturbing:

In this paragraph,

"In his “Access Hollywood” promotional tour with entertainment correspondent Billy Bush, Mr. Trump kept telling audiences that he had the No. 1 show on television. Finally, Mr. Bush corrected him, noting that “The Apprentice” was never close to No. 1 in any category or in any demographic. Mr. Trump responded: “Billy, look, look, you just tell them and they believe it. They just do.” And, of course, the more it’s repeated, the stronger the belief"

he points out what is well known as one of Hitler's propaganda tactic -- that of repeating lies in order to propagate deception.

“Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth”, is a law of propaganda often attributed to Joseph Goebbels."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_lie

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/psych-unseen/202001/illusory-truth-lies-and-political-propaganda-part-1

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/psych-unseen/202001/illusory-truth-lies-and-political-propaganda-part-2

https://www.vox.com/2018/8/31/17804104/strikethrough-lies-propaganda-trump-putin

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20161026-how-liars-create-the-illusion-of-truth

Nice_Commenter

Republicans told us for decades how much they hated “celebrities in politics” before electing a president from The Celebrity Apprentice.

Trump says “I take no responsibility for anything”. Cuomo says “I take full responsibility”. It could not be more clear.

Trump screwed over every business partner and bank he has ever worked with. Saddam

Hussein also had his sons in top positions because he similarly had screwed over every business partner. Big difference though, Hussein blamed the Shiites for everything, Trump blames immigrants.

keyser soze

If we’re going with gut feelings, which is all Trump is going on, then my gut feeling tells me that he's still stumbling hard towards an imaginary deadline that does not exist, doesn’t make sense, and will lead to more deaths across the nation. We don’t have all the facts about the virus.

We don’t have the promised tests in place to determine who has the virus and who is asymptomatic and carrying the virus to others. What we have is an administration in panic and disarray because the benchmark of its success is tied directly to the Dow Jones. Yes, we’re all antsy to return to a pre-Covid ‘normal’ but that normal, quite frankly, is gone.

Unless we have a vaccine that eradicates this virus, we're going to at minimum have a need to maintain social distancing, wear masks, and wash our hands and common surfaces. We are presently led by a weak and confused White House run by yes men and women fumbling to placate a mentally unhinged despot.

The rush to reopen the country puts Americans in mortal danger for the sake of financial numbers that Trump wants to run on. Without a sense of empathy and fact based decisions, he's just as deadly as the virus. With any luck and the hope of a better future we can all make it to November.

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