Trump and the Truth

I’ve seen people again opining that Trump doesn’t know truth from falsehood, or posting counts of how many lies he’s told in office so far.

These miss the point. He does know truth from falsehood — or else he’d have faced criminal perjury charges by now considering how often he’s had his deposition taken in legal proceedings. He reportedly is cautious and truthful in such settings.

But he’s a Bullshitter (not my original insight) when not under oath. He utters a constant stream of attention-getting trash talk and demagoguery, utterly careless about truth and falsity.

Thus, the “lie counts” almost certainly understate his lies, giving unwitting confirmation to the concern that his persona is toxic and the poison is working.

Reader John @ReaderJohn
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