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Is Trump Not Already Our Greatest Political Hustler?

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PolitiFact Confirms Record-breaking Pants-on-Fire Lies

Stand aside, iconic American phonies, fakes, charlatans, and con artists who never boasted 24/7 cable TV and internet leverage to spread chicanery over gullible marks. Watch out Richard Nixon, George D. Bush or Dick Cheney for Trump is rewriting the playbook for political perfidy, if not electioneering. All the more impressive since the Donald's public resume is one big fat zero.

The Trump con pumps out endless whoppers from his mouthy flame-thrower to fuel his absurd doomsday narrative -- that all is practically lost. The result mocks that which voters once held holy: minimum standards for credibility and expertise that buttress two old-fashioned ideas: character (read: no visible corruption) and competent governance.

Trump's art of the con reduces the complex whole to a single swagger: not only is the US. foundering on the rocks, but only one savior, a selfless billionaire putting up his own cash, can deflect shipwreck. It's either Trump or a permanent, fatal blow to our super-power status. In his words, this country "is a hellhole" that "is going down fast." America "is in big trouble" and "never has victories anymore." Once great in that lost golden age, the US is the 90 lb. weakling, the "laughingstock all over the world." Our military is a "disaster," our healthcare a "horror show." "We have no borders. Our vets are being treated horribly. Illegal immigration is beyond belief."

Well, "beyond belief" certainly fits Trump's truthiness, with no more finesse than his political resume is empty. What's far more believable, with abundant evidence, is this fact: DT lies more often and more calculatingly than the prior champion. Yes, that Dick Cheney, who spoke truthfully only 5% of the time per PolitiFact (roughly in Trump's league). But then compare each politician in terms of Pants-on-Fire deceptions: Cheney, all of 6%, vs. Trump's 21%. More than three times the percentage of indefensible lies from Trump vs. Cheney. Beyond belief, wow!

That Trump's flummery has staggered the GOP wing nut field, hardly teeming with truth-tellers, then forged his frontrunner status -- that confirms truly championship hustling. What other charlatan with zero elected experience ever got this close? And imagine the bomb President Trump would drop on history, taking America down a road it's never gone before. No prospect ever claimed the White House as his first elected office (aside from notable military paragons).

Yikes! The Lying Outlier

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