First, spare me the "politicians lie" line. Yes, they do. But not like this. This administration is actively waging war on facts. They're not just bending the truth here and there they are proclaiming that up is down and day is night then calling anyone who contradicts them "fake news" or the opposition.
Today Trump held a press conference. He is now approaching one month into his term, over 3 months since the election. And he said this, on National television.
Trump wrote:Well, that's what I've been talking about for a year and a half, strong borders. They're so surprised, oh, he having strong borders, well that's what I've been talking about to the press and to everybody else. One promise after another after years of politicians lying to you to get elected. They lied to the American people in order to get elected. Some of the things I'm doing probably aren't popular but they're necessary for security and for other reasons.
And then coming to Washington and pursuing their own interests which is more important to many politicians. I'm here following through on what I pledged to do. That's all I'm doing. I put it out before the American people, got 306 electoral college votes. I wasn't supposed to get 222. They said there's no way to get 222, 230's impossible.
270 which you need, that was laughable. We got 306 because people came out and voted like they've never seen before so that's the way it goes. I guess it was the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan. In other words, the media's trying to attack our administration because they know we are following through on pledges that we made and they're not happy about it for whatever reason."
For the record, It is not the biggest EC win since Reagan. It is not the biggest EC win since Bush Sr. It is not the biggest EC win since Clinton. It is not the biggest EC win since Bush Jr. It is not the biggest EC win since Obama. It is one of the smallest EC margins of all time, 46th out of 56. (He did beat Bush Jr though)
Now... if he had said this the day after the election? Fine, he's an ignorant idiot but maybe he's not lying on purpose. Maybe someone just told him that and he's clueless enough he believed it and parroted it.
A week later, that would have been harder to extend him the benefit of the doubt on. But, ok, maybe.
Over 3 months later? After being corrected about it DOZENS of times? By EVERYONE? This is freaking math, it is not a matter of interpretation. And it's not quantum mechanics... it's not like he can beg a miscalculation. It is "is number A bigger or smaller than number B". This is up there with him insisting on claiming for months on end that 2+2=147 no matter how many times it is pointed out to him that it equals 4. And in the same breath he is accusing all the *other* politicians of being the liars.
Lying about something like THIS... over and over and over and over in the face of repeated correction... is not the usual kind of political truth twisting. It is pathological. It is deranged.
For one thing, there is no reason for this. The election is over. Trump has a job to be doing. But he has come out *repeatedly* when he was supposed to be performing various presidential duties and derailed proceedings into making proclamations about how he had a giant unbelievable one of the biggest of all time election victory. Why is Trump blatantly lying about his election win margin when announcing his Labor Secretary nominee??? There is ZERO connection there, there is zero reason for the remarks to swing to that topic. None. He just can't stop himself.
And it's not just this one lie.
He stood in the rain at his inauguration, gave a speech to a bunch of people huddled under plastic tarps and umbrellas, then went out afterward and proclaimed that God looked down and stopped it from raining on his speech. That is North Korean Dictator levels of denial of reality.
He went in front of the law enforcement community and declared the homicide rate was at historical highs when it is at one of its lowest levels in 40 years. Don't tell me the president doesn't have a single person capable of telling him what crime statistics are. There is no excuse for this.
He made repeated claims that he had the biggest inauguration crowd ever, and kept it up in the face of clear photographic evidence that this was very very false beyond any possibility of misinterpretation.
I'm not even getting into the *multitude* of lies being told that are even slightly debatable... like the millions of illegals voting bullshit. Or his also pathological need to take credit for things that have nothing to do with him (claiming he caused Lockheed cutting 600 million off the cost of the F-35 program as a result of long cost cutting efforts that wrapped up right around the election... claiming he brought back thousands of jobs because of a Sprint/Softbank deal that was announced in October.... claiming he caused Fork to "keep" a plant open they were never planning to close... )
No this is just the water is dry and the core of the sun is the same temperature as the Antarctic ice shelf level of pure reality denial.
This. Is. Not. Normal.
And if you are shrugging it off with "oh well, politicians lie about stuff" you have your head buried firmly in the sand.