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Trump's Endless Mendacity and the Dawn of American Fascism

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American presidents lie. They always have. Just Google "Lyndon Johnson and the Gulf of Tonkin," "Bill Clinton and NAFTA" or "George Bush and weapons of mass destruction." Even Honest Abe likely told a fib or two.

But no U.S. president has ever lied as prolifically, constantly, insidiously and dangerously as Donald Trump. He never stops. He's the Energizer Bunny of endless falsehood.

It's enough to make even Orwell's head explode.

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Trump, who received votes from just one in four U.S. adults in 2016, claimed that he would have won the popular vote over Hillary Clinton were it not for the voter fraud of undocumented immigrants. The alleged criminal votes were never cast.

Trump called his 2016 Electoral College victory "The biggest electoral victory since Ronald Reagan." It was no such thing.

Trump lied about the size of his inauguration crowd even as aerial photographs of the event contradicted his boasts.

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He has repeatedly and preposterously claimed that the Latinx immigrant population is full of murderers, rapists and gang members. It is not.

Trump claimed that President Obama "had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower" just before his 2016 election victory. They were not.

He claimed to have as president-elect negotiated a deal to "save 1,100 jobs" at a Carrier plant in Anderson, Ind. He did no such thing.

He absurdly concocted a terrorist attack that never occurred, in Sweden, during his first month in office.

He claimed that the head of the Boy Scouts called him to say his speech was the best ever delivered to the Boy Scouts Jamboree. No such call ever took place. Trump's terrible oration was widely reviled.

Trump claimed to have fired James Comey because the FBI director mishandled Hillary Clinton's email scandal prior to the 2016 election, not because he was continuing to investigate Trump and the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. That was another baldfaced lie.

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He claimed that white-nationalist and neo-Nazi marchers in Charlottesville, Va., were "protesting very quietly," and that liberal and left counter-protesters "didn't have a [protest] permit." False and false.

Trump laughably told oil workers in North Dakota that environmentalists "didn't know why" they opposed the ecocidal, petro-capitalist Dakota Access and Keystone-XL pipelines. Ridiculous.

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Paul Street (www.paulstreet.org and paulstreet99@yahoo.com) is the author of Empire and Inequality: America and the World Since 9/11 (2004), Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis (2007), Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics (more...)
 
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