Saturday, June 2, 2018

Ex CIA Chief: Trump the liar shows no integrity, decency, and wisdom

Every day our president lies to America 6.5 times and his supporters cheer those lies.

The Washington Post fact checks Trump’s speech at a Tennessee rally this last week and discovers that President Trump has made 3,251 false or misleading claims in 497 days

In the 497 days since he took the oath of office, President Trump has made 3,251 false or misleading claims, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president.

That’s an average of more than 6.5 claims a day.

When we first started this project for the president’s first 100 days, he averaged 4.9 claims a day. But the average number of claims per day keeps climbing as the president nears the 500-day mark of his presidency.

In the month of May, the president made about eight claims a day — including an astonishing 35 claims in his rally in Nashville on May 29.

About those claims, the Daily Kos picks up the story in Stephanie Ruhle fact-checks Donald Trump: Says he is a liar. (h/t Ms. Scriber)

Stephanie Ruhle was in fine form on MSNBC and clearly in no mood to let Trump get away with the rhetoric he was flinging at a campaign rally in Nashville, Tennessee.

“President Trump used the word ”animals“, I’m going to use the word ”liar“. He was in his element at that rally and he lied. To the people in that arena and to the people in America, several times.”

She then goes on to fact-check Trump on everything from job creation, wages, border crossings, building the wall, African-American voters to how the U.S. is perceived

Do watch Ruhle’s expose’ in this YouTube clip.

Will integrity ever return to the White House?

Former CIA director John Brennan answers: “I will speak out until integrity returns to the White House”. (h/t Jana Eaton & Paul McCreary) Here is a sample.

The esteem with which I held the presidency was dealt a serious blow when Donald Trump took office. Almost immediately, I began to see a startling aberration from the remarkable, though human, presidents I had served. Mr. Trump’s lifelong preoccupation with aggrandizing himself seemed to intensify in office, and he quickly leveraged his 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. address and his Twitter handle to burnish his brand and misrepresent reality.

Presidents throughout the years have differed in their approaches to policy, based on political platforms, ideologies and individual beliefs. Mr. Trump, however, has shown highly abnormal behavior by lying routinely to the American people without compunction, intentionally fueling divisions in our country and actively working to degrade the imperfect but critical institutions that serve us.

Although appalling, those actions shouldn’t be surprising. As was the case throughout his business and entertainment careers, Mr. Trump charts his every move according to a calculus of how it will personally help or hurt him. His strategy is to undercut real, potential and perceived opponents; his focus is to win at all costs, irrespective of truth, ethics, decency and — many would argue — the law. His disparagement of institutions is designed to short-circuit legitimate law enforcement investigations, intelligence assessments and media challenges that threaten his interests. His fear of the special counsel’s work is especially palpable, as is his growing interest in destroying its mandate.

For more than three decades, I observed and analyzed the traits and tactics of corrupt, incompetent and narcissistic foreign officials who did whatever they thought was necessary to retain power. Exploiting the fears and concerns of their citizenry, these demagogues routinely relied on lies, deceit and suppression of political opposition to cast themselves as populist heroes and to mask self-serving priorities. By gaining control of intelligence and security services, stifling the independence of the judiciary and discrediting a free press, these authoritarian rulers followed a time-tested recipe for how to inhibit democracy’s development, retard individual freedoms and liberties, and reserve the spoils of corrupt governance for themselves and their ilk. It never dawned on me that we could face such a development in the United States.

Many have condemned my public criticism of Mr. Trump, arguing that as a former CIA director, I should bite my tongue. My criticisms, however, are not political; I have never been and will never be a partisan. I speak out for the simple reason that Mr. Trump is failing to live up to the standards that we should all expect of a president.

As someone who had the rare privilege of directly serving four presidents, I will continue to speak out loudly and critically until integrity, decency, wisdom — and maybe even some humility — return to the White House.

So must we all.

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