Why Trump’s staff tells obvious lies

Lies, arrogance and total disregard for the impact of policies. This seems to be the hallmark of Trump.

Phil Ebersole's Blog


What needs explaining is not why Donald Trump and his staff tell lies.   Many recent leaders have lied.

What needs explaining is why Trump and his staff tell obvious and easily disprovable lies, such as the claim that record numbers of people came to see his inauguration.

My own thought was that it served two purposes.  One was to confuse the issue, because most people don’t have the time or resources to check facts.   As long as you stick to what you’re saying and never back down, a certain number of people will believe you.

The other purpose was to distract the attention of the press from more serious issues.   The time spent by reporters in covering arguments over crowd sizes is time spent not covering things such as Trump’s infrastructure plan.

But economist Tyler Cowen has a more sinister explanation.

By requiring subordinates to speak untruths…

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10 thoughts on “Why Trump’s staff tells obvious lies

      1. Makes me scared is what it makes me. All these years I’ve been reading stuff about the history of WWII I never in a million years thought we’d be dealing with this again on ANYONE’S soil. We never learn from history, as William E. Dodd, America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Nazi Germany, found out. He wasn’t a politician. He was a history professor…

      2. The blatant nature of it is disturbing. These people simply do not care. They think they can do anything, run roughshod over people and win by bullying. That is very dangerous.

      3. But I’m liking how I’m seeing so many people standing up to him. The whole National Parks Service thing tickles me to death. I just wish people would stop talking about how many were at the inauguration. That’s what he wants (partly) so it will smokescreen the other stuff he’s trying to do. Just my opinion, however. They’re playing right into his hands. He has one thing right. The media is far to impressed with what they thought was their power.

      4. He’ll unify an opposition. When someone is that arrogant, rude and narcissistic it is bound to provoke a response. He comes across to me as a psychotic megalomaniac.

      5. Bran just told me one the things on Trump’s “to do” list today is to overturn the endangered species act. Though Bran hasn’t been able to verify that yet.

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