Trump lies. We know that. But why? And what effect will it have upon his presidency, the nation, and GOP?
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, March 22, 2017
One might as well ask why a bird flies or sings.
Trump is a one-man show. He bullies others to get his way. He doesn’t know how to collaborate, or cooperate with others.
He’s also emotionally insecure, hence the sense of an inherent need to constantly obtain approval as evidenced by an inordinate desire to obtain adulation and adoration from media.
But, there’s more.
Why Trump Clings to Discredited Lies
by Donald V. Watkins
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Used with permission
Even though the FBI and all of America’s national security agencies have stated emphatically that there is no evidence that President Barrack Obama, or anyone else, wiretapped Trump Towers during or after the 2016 presidential campaign, President Donald Trump still claims his phones were tapped. Other than his Twitter rants about this wiretapping, Trump has offered no proof to validate his claim.
So why does Trump cling to this now discredited lie?
Based upon my observations of Trump over the past 20 months, I have notice several disturbing character traits that facilitate Trump’s ready ability to take a mental flight from reality and truth. These traits are scary and dangerous to the American people.
First, Trump is a habitual self-promoter. Everything he says and does promotes his carefully crafted image as a successful tycoon, whether these promotional claims are true or not. Trump is obsessed with self-promotional activities. This obsession is reflected in Trump’s words, deeds, and body language.
Second, as a tough, hard-driven New York real estate developer, Trump is accustomed to running over obstacles, competitors, and truth-based reality. Trump used this approach in the political arena during the presidential campaign and it was wildly successful for him. On the campaign trail, Trump regularly invented versions of the truth that had no basis in fact. His reward for lying was the U.S. Presidency.
As President, Trump’s made-up versions of the truth are now called “alternative facts”. Anything to the contrary is called “fake” news.
Trump continues to produce “alternative facts” because 39% of the American people are still gullible enough to believe them after two months of his drama-filled presidency. As long as there is a political constituency that will embrace his falsehoods, Trump will peddle his lies to them.
Third, Trump continues to peddle “alternative facts” because there is nobody in the White House who is strong enough to stop him. Trump has surrounded himself with “bootlickers” who are just happy to be working in the White House. Like Trump, these people are self-promoters as well.
Fourth, Trump refuses to acknowledge his never-ending series of mistakes, miscues, falsehoods, and errors in judgment because he has a desperate need to prove his legitimacy as president to those who see him an unworthy victor in an election where Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by three million votes. Rightly or wrongly, the perception in America and around the world is that Trump did not deserve to win the presidency because he lost the popular vote.
Of course, Trump’s answer to this widely-held perception was the creation of a falsehood to the effect that 3-5 million “illegals” cost him the popular vote. He peddled this falsehood to Congress. Again, Trump offered no proof of his claim.
Finally, Trump has an insatiable appetite for validation and love. This is why he stays up all night tweeting about seemingly insignificant subjects and hurling insults at his critics and America’s allies. Obviously, Trump is not spending his early morning hours reading intelligence briefings about Russia’s interference with America’s 2016 presidential election or other important matters of state.
Donald Trump is incapable of telling the truth about anything that presents him in an unfavorable light. In the end, I predict that Trump’s compulsion for lying will erode his credibility beyond repair and will make him a “fake” president.