Donald Trump is Truthless – and his KKK Fanboys Love Him for It

Never before has America seen a presidential candidate so dismissive of facts as Donald Trump. That’s why we call him Truthless: he lives in a world where truth and facts don’t exist, and his followers don’t care.

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Trump is also ruthless, since he fabricates policies based on his fantasies. It’s the ultimate “my way or the highway.”  In the quaint past, we used to call people like that dictators. Now we call some of them Republican presidential candidates.

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If you think the idea that Trump doesn’t have facts, but his followers don’t care, is solely a liberal point of view, let’s just say that conservative commentator Cal Thomas has said the same thing, in exactly those words. Indeed, Thomas warned his readers about the dangers this poses.

To followers of Trump it doesn’t matter. Inaccuracies and the unlikelihood of making good on his promises are not as important as the thought behind them. This can be dangerous in a leader who aspires to power.

~~~~Conservative commentator Cal Thomas

The great unifying principle is, of course:

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.

~~~~ Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Donald Trump sees no need to change, as he is empowered by his Fanboys – some in the KKK – who could care less about sound policy and more about decisive action.

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Here are some of Donald Trump’s claims that have been rated “Pants on Fire” by Pulitzer Prize-winning Politifact:

  • “I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering” as the World Trade Center collapsed.
  • President Barack Obama “wants to take in 250,000 (people) from Syria.”
  • The federal government is sending refugees to states with governors who are “Republicans, not to the Democrats.”
  • Bernie Sanders is going to “tax you people at 90 percent.”
  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership “was designed for China to come in, as they always do, through the back door and totally take advantage of everyone.”
  • The unemployment rate may be as high as “42 percent.”
  • “The Mexican government … they send the bad ones over.”
  • The number of illegal immigrants in the United States is “30 million, it could be 34 million.”
  • “The Mexican government forces many bad people into our country.”
  • “The people that went to school with (Barack Obama), they never saw him, they don’t know who he is.”

The Washington Post’s fact checker Glenn Kessler has awarded Donald Trump Four Pinocchios for these unpolished gems:

  • No foreign leader greeting Obama on his recent trips to Cuba and Saudi Arabia was ‘without precedent’
  • “We’re funding 72, 73 percent of NATO.”
  • “If you look at what’s going on with immigration, and just look at the record numbers of people right now that are pouring across the borders of this country.”
  • “I was never for it [the War in Iraq]. I was against it — before it ever started, I was against it. And I was against it from before 2004. I was against the war in Iraq, and I was against it for years. And [President George W.] Bush used to hate me for being so against it, and they sent people from the White House to try and convince me. All I’d say is, ‘It will destabilize the Middle East, and Iran will take over the Middle East.’ And that’s exactly what happened.”
  • “I’m self-funding my campaign.”

Even though the Internet is essentially infinite, there is still not enough room to print all of the misstatements of Donald Trump.

The promises Trump makes in his stump speeches are equally suspect. Please keep these images in mind.

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  • Trump’s #1 applause line is that he is going to deport all illegal aliens, build a “great, great wall” to keep them from coming back, and “get Mexico to pay for it.”  He can do that, of course, since he’s a “shrewd negotiator.” Trump later explained he’s going to tax the money that Mexican immigrants send back to Mexico.  President Obama shot that idea down, saying, “The notion that we’re going to try to track every Western Union bit of money that’s being sent to Mexico — good luck with that,” The former President of Mexico rejected this idea as well, saying “Mexican people, we are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall!”.
  • Trump’s #2 applause line is that he’ll Repeal and Replace Obamacare to Make America Great Again.  Of course, its been six years since passage and no Republican has seriously proposed a replacement that would insure the same or greater number of Americans. By “replace Obamacare,” Trump means “gut Obamacare.”  Repealing Obamacare won’t make America too great for those millions with preexisting conditions who first were able to get insurance after the passage of Obamacare. A PolitiFact study in 2013 found that 32% of Americans have pre-existing conditions.

But enough of this pesky logic. Let’s look at the impact on his voters.

They don’t care.

Trump has admitted his followers don’t care what he does. They won’t care if he shoots someone on Fifth Avenue; they won’t care if he commits murder. They’ll follow him anywhere.

Take Trump’s supporters from the Ku Klux Klan. (Please.)

“The reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes in, we believe in. We want our country to be safe,” said the Grand Imperial Wizard of the Rebel Brigade Knights of the Ku Klux Klan as reported by Chris Thomas of NBC12 in Central Virginia. That’s the kind of endorsement you can’t buy and most politicians don’t want.

The support from the KKK is surprising, because Donald Trump has said, “I don’t know anything about David Duke.” Who is David Duke? Here’s what Wikipedia has to say: “David Ernest Duke is an American white nationalist, anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist, politician, and former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.”

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Trump’s claim that he didn’t know who David Duke was, of course, was rated “Pants on Fire” by Politifact. So I guess the support of the KKK is not surprising after all.

Trump’s supporters don’t want a president to be Presidential in the classic sense. They don’t even want Reagan II since Reagan I gave amnesty to 3 million undocumented workers in 1986.

The president that Trump’s fans want is a tough guy, a fighter, someone who’ll give it out ten times worse than he gets it. We’ve already seen this kind of behavior from the Trump camp at indoor rallies and outdoor protests.

We also saw it play out on social media when a writer for GQ interviewed Melania Trump, and Mrs. Trump III didn’t like what was written about her life and her family.

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The piece was a surprisingly in-depth profile as the writer located a half-brother whose existence had not been previously reported.

But Melania tweeted her disapproval of the article.

In a later tweet, since deleted, Melania accuses the award-winning Ioffe of writing the article ” looking to make a name for herself.”  The idea was dismissed by one Ali Gharib, apparently a follower of Ioffe.

But Melania’s “protectors” first went on the attack against GQ.

Melania’s “protectors” also went after the writer, Julia Ioffe, herself.

Melania’s “protectors” went after Ioffe in a particularly ugly way; via anti-semitic slurs.  If this fact wasn’t dispiriting enough, one must consider the reason for Ioffe’s 1990 journey to America from Russia, a time in history when Vladimir Putin was still a KGB agent.

And then the anti-semites started posting their disgusting images, as reported by Ioffe, with her wry commentary.

 

 

In all fairness, whoever posted these anti-semitic tweets might have nothing to do with Donald or Melania Trump or the KKK. They might have been coincidental yet random drive-bys on the information superhighway. Even though Melania is the one who said, “Donald will punch back ten times harder,” something else may have planted the seed in someone’s twisted mind to send those tweets. On the other hand, perhaps this is a lesson to the impertinent minority, ethnic or democrat writers out there. Until someone takes credit (if credit is even the correct word), we certainly can’t know.

Twitter user Kevin Rothrock, to his everlasting credit, came to Ioffe’s defense.

Why is this all important? The Republican establishment is warming to the idea of a Trump candidacy.  They’re pushing him to be more “presidential.”  Oh, he will be, mark my words.  He’ll be more presidential.  The only problem: the President he may have in mind is his bro Vladimir Putin, who called Trump “a genius.”

I can’t wait, either. It would be a great photo op for the two of them at a nuclear summit. It makes me rest easy, knowing they get along so well.

 

Photo credits:

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Marty Rudoy has written for tv shows, major comedians and a former President (Bush I). He's a former stand-up comic working out of the IMPROV in New York and is now published by AmericanNewsX, The Huffington Post and an east coast satire site, What Exit NJ. Marty doesn't know why he's writing this in the third person but he thanks you for reading. Oh, and he's also a lawyer who frequently writes on legal and criminal justice issues.