Lies, Damned Lies, and The Donald

In the first weekend of its existence, the Trump Regime has laid out its basic position relative to reality: It is against it. Or rather, Trump is making a massive gamble, a bet against reality, if you will. His inaugural speech was historic in its promulgation of lies, my favorite being: “The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.”

If the middle class wants to know where its wealth has been redistributed to, it should ask the guy with his name on all of his buildings. President Trump’s bet is to treat America like one of his real estates. He moans about how worthless and run-down the property is, gets it for a steal (fewer votes than the competition), then plans to give it a cheap facelift, talk it up like a great accomplishment, and enrich himself in the process. But even his damned lies about inaugural crowd size, and similar deceptions that he uses to counter the media’s failure to recognize his greatness, pale in comparison to the “alternative facts” he has created to undermine our electoral integrity, the heart of our democracy. (commentary in SLO New Times)

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