In order to understand that donald trump is the most dishonest person on the public scene, now and maybe ever, and that not a word he says, ever, can be considered to contain an iota of truth, one only has to look to independent fact-checkers, such as Politifact, and the words of Michael LaBossiere, Professor of Philosophy at Florida A&M University, who studies “theories of knowledge” and who has said of trump, that he has ”perfected the outrageous untruth as a campaign tool”, and that
“He makes a clearly false or even absurdly false claim, which draws the attention of the media. He then rides that wave until it comes time to call up another one.”
Politifact has kept a close watch on trump, and last December issued a finding that of 77 statements checked, 76% were so outrageously false as to be categorized as “ Mostly False,
In fact, Politifact, in checking the honesty and veracity of each of the presidential candidates, found that the trump told the truth precisely 9% of the time.
In March, Politico.com did their own fact-checking, finding in their calculations five dozen lies in a chronicle of five days of stump speeches. Their conclusions:
“His remarks represent an extraordinary mix of inaccurate claims about domestic and foreign policy and personal and professional boasts that rarely measure up when checked against primary sources.
“Many were straight-up wrong, such as his claim that the United States has a “$500 billion a year trade deficit with China,” which has been debunked over and over by fact checkers, and his statement that he never settles lawsuits, when in fact he has.
“In other instances, Trump stretches the limits of reality to distort the records of his rivals…
“Then there are the seemingly small falsehoods, piled one atop another. … He even claims ownership of a successful winery that denies any ownership tie to the GOP front-runner…”
So, was he lying then, or is he lying now?
Easy, then and especially, NOW, and about EVERY THING.