This tweet links to an excellent column.
I wrote these comments on the Washington Post web site today:
Trump’s lies are increasing because there are no bad consequences. His cult believes him, Republican politicians are scared to contradict him, and Democrats can’t make him stop. The media is doing better at calling his statements lies but he wins every time they don’t. Trump wins when they call his racist statements “racially charged”. He knows that nobody in the media will directly call him a liar to his face.
Some voters are cynical about politicians; they don’t see the difference in volume between Trump’s lies and those by other politicians.
The lies are also increasing because he now has almost three years in office to lie about.
I am very concerned about the 2020 general election. Trump will tell lots of lies and the Democratic candidate will be mostly truthful.
What’s going to happen in a debate? Let’s say Trump says the Democrats want to repeal the Second Amendment. If the moderator says that’s not true, they will be accused of bias. If the Democrat says it’s a lie, it will take away time they need to present programs on issues like guns, racism, climate change, etc.
Trump lies more than ever. He realizes there are no bad consequences for him:
His cult believes him.
Democrats have no power.
Republicans have no guts and don’t rebut him.
He has more to lie about since he has been president for almost three years.
The media does not do enough to call his lies “Lies”.
great thread by CNN’s Daniel Dale:
He lies about everything, even this tragedy.
Trump is lying again by claiming that there is massive illegal voting. He is doing this to undermine public confidence in the 2020 results. I expect him to claim it was rigged if he loses and I doubt he would concede.
The Philip Bump column quotes ridiculous things Trump expects Democrats to say in the 2020 debates. I expect him to use this as a rationale to lie in the debates. He will lie about his own record as well as the Democratic positions and candidate. Trump will claim that Democrats are socialists led by the “squad”.
The column quotes what Trump said:
“Don’t kid yourself,” he said later. “Not as easy when I’m up there on the debate [stage] all alone with some maniac that they” — the Democrats — “chose and that maniac is saying, ‘We’re going to do this for you! We’re going to do that for you! We’re going to give you everything! Everybody gets a free Rolls-Royce, every family!’ ”
“ ‘And we’re going to take better care of illegal immigrants than we take care of our own citizens!’ they tell you,” he said.”