“I’m not a crook” the infamous phrase by Richard Nixon prior to resigning the office of the Presidency is one that sticks with Americans since it was uttered in November 1973. While he denied it, Nixon was indeed a crook, as well as a liar.
Since the Watergate scandal rocked the Executive branch and the U.S. government it has been difficult for public trust to be restored. While Presidents do occasionally bend the truth, Donald Trump defies normality yet again in this regard. What the United States has currently isn’t so much a commander-in-chief, but a fraud-in-chief.
President Trump has no problem with making claims with no factual evidence to back them up. Many Americans have known this for years especially after the “birther” incident in which he questions the legitimacy of his predecessor to be President. The lies continued even during the campaign when he accused Ted Cruz’s father of being involved in the JFK assassination. He has also lied about immigration, the Electoral College, voter fraud, his position on U.S. involvement in the Iraq War, the unemployment rate, the murder rate and so much more.
One of the President’s most recent myths is that his predecessor wiretapped him prior to winning the election. The House Intelligence Committee and FBI director James Comey have found no evidence of wiretapping of Trump Tower.
What’s baffling is that his supporters stand right by his side even when he has gone back on so many campaign promises that got him elected. He claimed he would do a full repeal of Obamacare but instead he has thrown his support behind Paul Ryan’s replacement plan which is disastrous. Trump pledged to make healthcare “coverage for everybody” but that would also be added to the list of lies as the plan makes insurance less affordable for the poor and pre-retired. Not to mention that his opponent Hilary Clinton still walks free after he said he’d like to see her face jail time for using a private e-mail server during her time as secretary of State. Trump has since said he will not pursue legal actions against Clinton. How any of his supporters cannot feel that they’ve been duped is beyond me.
“Power is okay, and stupidity is usually harmless. Power and stupidity together are dangerous.” – Patrick Rothfuss,
The President’s lies don’t seem to bother members of his own party, many who criticized him during the election now stand idly by without questioning his motives or correcting him. Kelly Ann Conway and Press Secretary Sean Spicer continue to stand before cameras and defend the President’s lies and half-truths. Each of them receiving more criticism as they continue to make up lies but defend it by saying they “misspoke” or their words were taking out of context.
The President is such a winner when it comes to lying, which makes me wish he personally would get “tired of winning”. If President Trump is going to continue defending his lies and use “alternative facts” then perhaps we should have an alternative President.
Article by Tyler Maple