Friday, June 24, 2016

A "world class liar" buried in an avalanche of lies

Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton “a world class liar” who thinks she is “entitled” to the presidency during a speech attacking his Democratic rival Wednesday.

Steve Benen at MSNBC/MaddowBlog exposes Trump for that lie and many more.

Most of the attacks were predictable and clumsily delivered, but the most striking thing about [Wednesday] morning’s scripted address was its breathtaking dishonesty. In theory, if Clinton were as awful as Trump and Republicans claim, it should be fairly easy to deliver a speech condemning her using facts and real-world evidence.

Instead, as Slate’s Jamelle Bouie put it, Trump leaned on “an avalanche of falsehoods.”

It’s hard to even know where to start; the lie-to-sentence ratio approached one to one. Trump said he opposed the war in Iraq before the 2003 invasion, which isn’t true. He said Clinton’s email server was hacked, which isn’t true. Trump said Clinton wants “totally open borders” and an end to “virtually all immigration enforcement,” which isn’t even close to being true.

Trump lied about Syrian refugees. He lied about the loan he received to start his business. He lied about U.S. tax rates. He lied about Benghazi (more than once). He lied about the Clinton Foundation. He lied about gifts Clinton received during her tenure as Secretary of State.

And really, this is just a sampling. If there had been a machine in the room that buzzed every time Trump said something untrue, the thing would have caught fire by the time the candidate wrapped up his remarks.

So the thing is: the "world class liar" is Despicable Deadbeat Donnie Trump.

And here is one more lie.

Trump headed off today to Scotland to tout a golf course he bought (also reported by Steve Benen).

... when Donald Trump’s campaign said the presumptive GOP nominee would travel to Scotland ahead of the Republican convention, it was only natural to assume Trump was headed abroad to bolster his foreign policy credentials.

But not so. He scheduled no meetings at all with anybody related to foreign affairs.

The [New York] Times report added that Trump’s business interests “still drive his behavior, and his schedule. He has planned two days in Scotland, with no meetings with government or political leaders scheduled.” The Republican’s itinerary “reads like a public relations junket crossed with a golf vacation,” complete with “a ceremonial ribbon cutting.”

If the Scottish golf course were a wildly successful venture, Trump could at least point to this as evidence of his prowess as an international businessman.

The problem, as the Washington Post reported yesterday, is that the entire venture has been a bit of a disaster.

[T]o many people in Scotland, his course here has been a failure. Over the past decade, Trump has battled with homeowners, elbowed his way through the planning process, shattered relationships with elected leaders and sued the Scottish government. On top of that, he has yet to fulfill the lofty promises he made.

Sound familar? Remember the reason for the "Deadbeat" label? To refresh your memory here is a post on how Deadbeat Donnie does not pay his bills and another on his pillaging of Atlantic City.

Trump has also reported to Scottish authorities that he lost millions of dollars on the project – even as he claims on U.S. presidential disclosure forms that the course has been highly profitable.

So Trump is lying about his golf course to someone. He's lying either to Scotland or the United States.

In early May, Trump, in an entirely serious way, pointed to his role in the Miss Universe beauty pageant as evidence of his international experience. Unfortunately for the GOP candidate, his Scottish golf course is his other piece of evidence, and it’s a failure.

Benen winds up:

By some measures, [Wednesday] morning’s ridiculous tirade should have been a disqualifying moment for Trump: it served as powerful evidence that the candidate is so disconnected from reality, he hardly understands what the truth is.

The problem is that his supporters appear to be equally indifferent to the truth.

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