One Question for a Saturday Morning;

Given the fact that Trump has told blatant untruths at the rate of 6.44 per day (as of May 1, 2018) since entering office, and given the fact that the intent is to destroy America’s trust in the media (a fundamental pillar of democracy) should Trump’s untruths not be called lies?

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Comment by Rodney Roe on June 16, 2018 at 9:26am
Can intent not be inferred from context?
Comment by Rosigami on June 16, 2018 at 9:33am

No, they SHOULD be called lies. 
Yes, it seems obvious that his intent is to obfuscate and misdirect. 
Or else he just can't tell the difference between whatever it is going on in his head and the real world. 

Lawrence O'Donnell and Amy Siskind (and others) don't hesitate to call him a liar. 
The AP publishes a Fact Check report on his lies:

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on June 16, 2018 at 9:41am

More and more the best media people are calling them lies.

Comment by Ron Powell on June 16, 2018 at 10:34am

 A false statement made with the intent to deceive and thereby cause harm is, by definition, a lie.

Comment by koshersalaami on June 16, 2018 at 11:42am

To answer the question: Of course

We could give this guy the benefit of the doubt if we actually had a doubt. We don’t, so the whole idea is a non sequitur. 

Comment by alsoknownas on June 16, 2018 at 1:09pm

Grandma called them prevarications because she was trying to be kind to a small boy claiming he did not get in the cookie jar.

It's way too late to be polite.

Comment by Rodney Roe on June 17, 2018 at 5:38am
Speaking of non-sequiturs:

Happy Father's Day, Dad, wherever you are.
Comment by Steel Breeze on June 17, 2018 at 6:22am

depends on what the meaning of "is"

Comment by Rodney Roe on June 17, 2018 at 7:03am
rosigami, fact-check revealed that as of May 1 Trump had told 3,001 "untruths" since taking office.
Politifact, during the campaign found that 95%of Trump's statements were complete falsehoods, whereas 50% of Hillary Clinton's were either misleading because they were partially true. Less than 10% were completely false. I'm not sure a misleading statement is better than a false statement, but the intent of those statements was not to destroy trust in the truth.
Comment by Maui Surfer on June 17, 2018 at 2:14pm

The actual issue is that Trump is telling lies with the same intent that the Dunning School did, the same intent that Confederate revisionists do, it is intentional and done fully knowing that educated people, on both sides, will know these are false. And that he couldn't care less what the moral and left wing people think of these lies, and he also knows the scumbag pieces of shit with classic examples such as Iowa's Steve King or Louie Gohmert of Tejas understand clearly these are lies designed to shape the opinion of the unwashed masses very very intentionally. The biggest lie of all was that Hillary was a certified full time liar, and so much (three decades) of work was put into this by the lying liars to the hoi polloi that to this day many will say they voted for the Confederate Yankee, who lied to their faces throughout the campaign, because they didn't want to vote for a liar (her).

Face it, a little less than half of Americans are chowder-heads, but thanks to Gerrymandering and cheating (Florida, Russia) they are still winning by placing known liars in office where they lie about everything from eugenics to trickle down theory on a daily, actually with Twitter, hourly, basis.


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