When Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency in June 2015, he paid actors $50 a piece to pose as his supporters. The story was confirmed in an email from the Trump campaign to the casting company hired to find actors to cheer for him.
“We are looking to cast people for the event to wear T-shirts and carry signs and help cheer him in support of his announcement,” the email said.
Trump accuses anyone who protests against him of being paid by liberal organizations – despite a lack of evidence to support his allegation – because he thinks – and, more importantly, wants us to think ― everyone else is as dishonest as he is. He rationalizes his acts of dishonesty, malevolence, boorishness, and corruption by accusing his critics of doing what he himself is doing.
Trump, being the con man that he is, uses sleight of hand to distract us from his treachery while he says we can trust him, and the more insistent he becomes, the more suspicious we should be of him. He is a liar who, when asked for the source for a dubious statement, will cite another lie.
(Every statement in this post includes a link to the source.)
During the GOP primary, Trump called his GOP rival Ted Cruz “Lyin Ted.”
PolitiFact.com, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-check organization, said Trump lied far more than any other presidential candidate.
It reported that only 2.5 percent of Trump’s statements during the campaign were rated “true.” More than 60 percent of his statements were rated either “false” or were considered “pants on fire” lies,” which is how the organization characterizes the most egregious of lies. PolitiFact said Trump made more “pants on fire” statements during the presidential campaigns than all other 21 presidential candidates combined.
Once Trump won the GOP primary, he began calling Democratic presidential Hillary Clinton “corrupt Hillary.”
Hillary Clinton will never be mistaken for Abraham Lincoln, but there wasn’t a day, an hour or a minute during the campaign that Trump was the more honest candidate
Magazines ― from the National Review on the right to The Atlantic on the left – published articles detailing Trump’s corrupt, unethical and even illegal business practices. New York Magazine, published in the city where Trump lives and works, called him “the most corrupt candidate ever.” Shortly after winning the election, Trump agreed to pay $25 million to settle claims of fraud by former students of Trump University.
Trump has been called a con artist by such respected businessmen, politicians, and journalists as former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney; independent candidate for president Evan McMullen; Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Carl Bernstein; Trump biographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston; conservative political blogger Erick Erickson; and Tony Schwartz, who ghost wrote Trump’s autobiography, The Art of the Deal.
Trump accused Hillary Clinton of rigging the presidential election ― despite a lack of evidence to support his allegation.And then after winning the election, though losing the popular vote by 2.8 million votes, Trump called for an investigation into voter fraud – despite a lack of evidence to support this allegation.
Trump waves his shiny watch in front of the American people, but don’t be distracted by it; it’s as fake as the news that the Russian media, Breitbart, and other conservative websites spread to influence the presidential election.
A few years ago, Trump bragged about his business dealings in Russia. Time magazine reported that several columnists and reporters have “painstakingly” shown how Trump businesses are “entangled with Russian financiers inside Putin’s circle.”
Trump now denies he ever had any business relationships in Russia. He calls such stories “fake news.” He attacks the media who dare ask him about a relationship with Russia he once bragged about. Like Putin himself, he considers journalists “the enemy of the ... people.”
Trump responds to questions about his business dealings in Russia by saying, “Nyet.”
The president doth protest too much.