An original essay written by Edward Fagan
Famous liar, the background
Famous liar that he is, this president was telling lies long before he entered politics. For example, he relentlessly advocated that the then president was not an American by birth. The president therefore, he claimed, legally was not the president.
He, Of course, was telling not one but two lies. The then president is an American by birth. His U.S. long form birth certificate proves that. He legally was the president. (U.S. law states that the president must be an American by birth.)
Among past presidents some, instead of telling lies, have refused to answer questions directly. Some too, instead of telling lies, totally and politely have refused to answer certain questions. A few occasionally have lied, but mostly by accident. Fewer still have lied deliberately, and then only on a few rare occasions.
This president sets a new, very low standard for telling lies among future presidents. He deliberately has been telling lies every day since entering office.
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Famous liar, here is some proof
Below are some examples of the president’s lies. I include at least one lie for every month (to July) since his inauguration on 20th January 2017.
25th January : “Take a look at the Pew reports (which show voter fraud.)”. (The report never mentioned voter fraud.).
29th January : “The Cuban-Americans, I got 84 percent of that vote. (There is no support for this.).
16th February : “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.” (George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all won bigger margins in the Electoral College.)
22nd March : “NATO, obsolete, because it doesn’t cover terrorism. They fixed that.” (It has fought terrorism since the 1980’s.).
11th April : “I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late. I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’ know Steve.”. (He knew Steve Bannon since 2011.).
4th May : “We’re the highest taxed nation in the World.” (We’re not.).
22nd June : “Former Homeland Security Advisor Jeh Johnson is latest top intelligence official to state there was no grand scheme between Trump & Russia.”. (Johnson, who had a different title, didn’t say that.).
19th July : “But the F.B.I. person reports directly to the president of the United States, which is interesting.”. (He reports directly to the attorney general.).
Famous liar, the lies persist
He is not a consistent liar either. He tells different lies on the same topic as time passes.
This president failed to keep a campaign promise. He refused to brand China a currency manipulator. After this, he continued to change his false statement about when China stopped its currency manipulation. China stopped currency manipulation in 2014.
This president changed his untruthful claim about when China ended its currency manipulation, on the dates shown below.
- 21st April : “from the time I took office”
- 29th April : “during the election”
- 30th April : “as soon as I got elected”
- 01st May : “since I started running”
- 04th May : “since I’ve been talking about currency manipulation”
Famous liar, why he lies?
Can anyone explain why this president constantly tells lies. Republican Senator Bob Corker said recently that the president so far has demonstrated instability rather than success. Senator Corker suggested that the president “move way beyond himself”. Senator Corker has been one of the president’s strongest supporters in congress. Gordon Humphrey is a former New Hampshire Republican Senator. He says Trump is “impaired by a seriously sick psyche”.
The U.S. ratified the 25th Amendment to the constitution 50 years ago. This amendment allows the creation of a body to determine the mental and other fitness of prospective and serving presidents. Congress, so far, has not created such a body. This president’s behaviour is about to change that. Former constitutional law professor, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and over 28 co-sponsors now seek the creation of such a body.
Yale Forensic Psychiatrist Bandy Lee is presently creating a committee of psychiatrists and other experts. This committee will advise congress on the president’s mental health. Lee is also editor of the upcoming book “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump”. Twenty seven mental health professionals contributed to that book.
Tony Schwartz co-authored a book with the president in 1987. Now he is one of his critics. He said recently : “Trump is prima facie mentally ill. It doesn’t take a psychiatrist to make that diagnosis. It is obvious on its face”. Some psychiatrists view the president as suffering from narcissistic personality disorder.
It seems he lies because he is mentally ill. This is a serious problem. How do we solve this problem? Exercise our right to vote. We will vote for Democrats only, in 2018. We will vote against him in 2020.
By Edward Fagan