On Thursday we learned that Donald Trump lied about having tapes of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey.
Of course he tried to wriggle his way out of it by implicitly saying that what he meant in his “tapes” tweet was that because the American “deep state” (which, you’re reminded, is a figment of the alt-Right’s imagination) is watching his every move, there might have been surveillance set up in the White House that he wasn’t aware of.
That assertion (delivered to the public via Twitter) prompted at least one staffer to despairingly curse his/her own life.
Trump lies virtually every time he opens his mouth. It’s habitual and, it would seem, sometimes involuntary. He lies even when he doesn’t need to lie. As one blogger recently put it, “the conceptual difference between a deception and a lie seems to elude Trump — so he lies instead, and when he’s called on a lie, he lies more and blames facts, which further undermines his credibility until there is none left.”
This is to a certain extent an extension of the phenomenon that helped get Trump elected in the first place. The truth no longer matters to large swaths of the electorate.
Outlets like Breitbart and its progeny have managed to blur the line between reality and the realm of conspiracy theories so much, that a story about Hillary Clinton running a child porn ring out of the basement of a D.C. pizza shop managed to not only go mainstream, but in fact inspired a North Carolina man to show up at the establishment with a rifle.
He was sentenced to four years in prison this week and unsurprisingly, none of the outlets that pushed the conspiracy were willing to step in and take the fall.
We truly do live in a “post-truth” world.
Fortunately, most of us realize what’s going on and in the interest of documenting how truly absurd this has become, The Toronto Star is keeping track of Trump’s lies. Below, find the list for June alone…
Via The Toronto Star