We know that Trump lies and lies and lies. And gets away with it with the Republican voters who appear not to care. This morning the Daily Star carried an editorial by the Kansas City Star with examples of the lies and a negative judgement.
All politicians keep fact-checkers busy. They make promises that they can’t keep. They use cherry-picked data to make a case. They duck and dodge, sidestep and fudge.
But rarely, if ever, has a high-profile candidate treated truth and accuracy as contemptuously as Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.
If you need documentation of that, check out the Star's editorial.
Trump lies blithely and refuses to back down. Indeed, he often expands his falsehoods. His lies denigrate and cast suspicion on whole groups of people. They are intended to whip up fear and anger among citizens who are either uninformed or predisposed to believe hateful rumors even when faced with evidence to the contrary.
And that is the scary thing. Trump is preaching to a choir of Trumpettes.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of those people around, and they vote in Republican primaries. Trump leads nationwide polls of GOP voters. Other candidates, namely Carson and Ted Cruz, are taking note and following his lead in singling out Muslims for criticism.
People who care about truth and accuracy must keep calling Trump out. He is not a victim of the liberal media, or a refreshing antidote to excess political correctness.
He is an intentional purveyor of falsehoods intended to divide America, and that makes him a dangerous force.