Misdirection is the first considered refuge of a cornered politician or a guilty suspect.
Of course, some politicians and suspects have a core character that draws the line at lying once caught – and they face the music.
Mr. Trump is not, however, “that guy” who confesses to chopping down the cherry tree.
Mr. Trump charged President Obama wasn’t born in the United States without any evidence.
Mr. Trump claimed he would have won the popular vote last year if there hadn’t been voter fraud without any evidence of fraud.
Mr. Trump claimed to have had the biggest electoral vote since 1984 when President Obama bested Mr. Trump’s electoral total in both of Mr. Obama’s elections.
Mr. Trump lies about things big and small.
Afterwards, he walks his lies back, when the lies have had the desired effect that Mr. Trump contemplated, to gain tribute for himself (often) or, to misdirect public attention from his own misconduct (an almost daily occurrence now).
It is little wonder that Mr. Trump has surrounded himself with cabinet members and oval office staff who have trouble “recalling” their contacts with the Russians during or since the presidential election. Continue reading