Edward V. Harris
President Donald Trump has shown politicians they have to take ‘a back seat’ in lying, and making false or misleading claims. Typical is his claims, trying to justify the assassination of the Iran Gen. Soleimani. About the general’s plans to destroy three US embassies. Rep. Justin Wise (Mich., I). formerly a Republican, said Trump’s claim “seems to be totally made up,” and “The administration didn’t present evidence to Congress regarding even one embassy.” (Justin Wise, Jan. 12, 2020, MSN)
Glenn Kessler reported for The Washington Post, 12/30/17, that Trump spoke with members of the U.S. Coast Guard Dec. 29 and Kessler reported a “quick round-up of the false or dubious claims that he made, at the rate of one claim every 75 seconds (Some of the interview was off the record, so it’s possible the rate of one per minute is higher.)”
Glenn Kessler, Kelly Meg, and Nicole Lewis also reported on Trump’s false or misleading claims, The Washington Post, 1/2/18. They say “President Trump has made 1,950 false or misleading claims over 347 days.” These writers claim “By telling so many lies, and so many mean-spirited, Trump is violating some of the most fundamental norms of human social interaction and human decency. Nearly two-thirds of Trump’s lies (65 percent) were self-serving.”
President Trump has encouraged other politicians and voters to repeat and expand his lying and exaggerations. Donald Trump needs to be voted out of office in 2020.