Written this morning:
Most politicians lie about the future, making false promises and providing fake visions. They try to create hope and, whether intentionally (Clark) or unintentionally, (Trudeau), they fail to deliver and thus eventually prove disappointing – the facts, results and their inaction proving their inadequacy and fallibility. They lie and then get caught.
Trump is different. Trump tells the truth about the future, insane and ridiculous as most of it is, and he lies about the past. His claims about his deals and decisions, “It was the greatest! I am brilliant. The people loved it. It was a Yuge success! are lies. Trump lies about facts, lies about history and generally lives in an alt-reality.
Yesterday, the US was in travel chaos following the unconstitutional edict Trump issued regarding Muslims and those traveling from Muslim countries. New York Times: Earlier in the day, at the White House, Mr. Trump shrugged off the sense of anxiety and disarray, suggesting that there had been an orderly roll-out. “It’s not a Muslim ban, but we were totally prepared,” he said. “It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airports, you see it all over.”
And his White House coterie of liars jumped up and claimed on Saturday that there had been consultations with State Department and homeland security officials about carrying out the order. “Everyone who needed to know was informed,” one aide said. Patently false.
That assertion was denied by multiple officials with knowledge of the interactions, including two officials at the State Department. Leaders of Customs and Border Protection and of Citizenship and Immigration Services — the two agencies most directly affected by the order — were on a telephone briefing on the new policy even as Mr. Trump signed it on Friday.
Bottom line: Trump told the truth about banning Muslims and then lied about the fact that doing so created chaos and likely more harm to the economy, public safety, well-being and peace than any one terrorist action could have.
So, expect a Mexican Wall. Expect a revised NAFTA that disadvantages Canada even more than the current one does. Expect a victim-bully relationship with the US. Expect Putin for lunch at the White House. Expect incredibly worse international relations for all Americans in every respect. Maybe even expect a war with China (although they are more likely to wait him out). Expect tax cuts for the rich. Expect the poor to get poorer. Do not expect the Congress to resist anything.
Expect protest and litigation. Expect American divisiveness to get worse. Maybe riots.
And, after the first four years, expect Trump to boast of his great successes ad nauseam. Already, I wanna puke.
Trump’s modus operandi: telling the truth about his intentions, lying about the results. Now you know.
Added tonight: Seems Trump ordered a raid on an Al Queda camp in which everything went wrong. Lots of civilian casualties. Op gone bad. Maybe it was because the CIA and the military aren’t onside?