Saturday 24 March 2018

If he said it, then it must be true: 10 tall tales from Donald

Trump signs autographs for supporters after a rally with supporters in Harrington, Delaware
Trump signs autographs for supporters after a rally with supporters in Harrington, Delaware

Niall O'Dowd

The Donald has a way with words. They mean what he wants them to mean at any particular time. His claim that he always tells the truth is like Richard Nixon saying in 1973, " I am not a crook".

Here are the top 10 examples.

1 "President Obama was very likely not born in the United States."

Sure, Obama's 18-year-old penniless mother flew to Kenya in 1961, 55 years ago, and had the baby there knowing that this son of a Kenyan and an American would some day run for President of the United States.

Then she smuggled him back into the USA and created a false passport trail including a birth notice in the local newspaper naming the hospital where he was born and other relevant details.

She also decided to name him Barack Hussein - just to ensure that he would succeed with such an All-American-sounding middle name.

2 "I will self-finance my entire campaign. I will not be owned by any powerful interests."

On May 15 last, The 'New York Times' reported that: "The casino magnate Sheldon G Adelson told Donald J Trump in a private meeting last week that he was willing to contribute more to help elect him ... a sum that could exceed $100m."

3 "I was against the Iraq War before anyone."

However, it appears that he was for it before he was against it.

In September 11, 2002, Howard Stern asked Trump on his radio show if he supported the invasion of Iraq, to which Trump answered: "Yeah, I guess so ... I wish the first time [the George Bush Senior invasion, which left Saddam Hussein place] it was done correctly."

4 "I started off in business with a small loan from my father."

A 'National Journal' writer, SV Dáte, estimated that Trump started with $40m in 1974 - a sum worth $230m in today's market.

If he had just invested in the 1970s stock market it would be worth $8bn today, far more than what his net worth is now.

When he became president of his father's real estate company, the firm was worth about $200m. Divided among Donald Trump and his four siblings, each would have received $40m in 1974 figures.

Despite this head start, Trump has still managed to declare bankruptcy four times.

5 "I saw thousands and thousands of Muslims celebrating in New Jersey after 9/11."

Jerry Speziale, the Police Commissioner for Paterson, New Jersey, where the largest Muslim population in the state live, disagreed. "That is totally false. That is patently false," Speziale told the 'Washington Post'. "That never happened. There were no flags burning, no one was dancing. That is [barnyard epithet]."

6 Speaking about "John Miller" - an alleged PR man who was really Trump praising himself heavily to the media back in the 1990s - Trump denied he was Miller: "You're telling me about it for the first time and it doesn't sound like my voice at all."

But in a court deposition in 1990, Trump said under oath: "I believe on occasion I used that name."

Voice recording experts have said without doubt it was Trump.

Who are we to believe, Trump or our lying ears?'

7 "I am calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

Trump is now denying he called for an all-out ban.

On Friday, Trump told NBC's 'Today': "Look, anything I say right now [on banning Muslims] - I'm not the president, everything is a suggestion. No matter what you say, it is a suggestion." He added later, "No, I'm not softening my stance at all, but I'm always flexible on issues."

He's so flexible with the truth he should become an acrobat.

8 Trump on Hillary Clinton in 2008: "I know Hillary and I think she'd make a great president or vice-president ... she's smart, tough and a very nice person." He also lauded Bill Clinton, calling him a "great President".

Today, Trump sings a different tune: "Hillary Clinton was the worst secretary of state in the history of the United States," he said. "There's never been a secretary of state so bad: She was the worst secretary of state in the history of our nation, why would she be a good president? I think she would be a terrible president."

9 Following reports in the 'New York Daily News' in September 2015, Trump suggested the US should embrace refugees from war-torn Syria, telling Fox News that "on a humanitarian basis, you have to".

"It's living in hell in Syria. There's no question about it. They're living in hell, and something has to be done," he said.

Weeks later, he reversed his position, saying the US shouldn't admit any Syrian refugees, and that they were "the ultimate Trojan horse".

10 "His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being shot" - referring to his chief GOP rival Senator Ted Cruz, a Cuban immigrant.

Trump was reporting an 'Alien Ate My Arm'-type story from the sleazy 'National Enquirer'. It turned out the guy in the picture was an unemployed ex-prisoner from Louisiana paid by Oswald to hand out pro-Castro literature. What happens if the 'Enquirer' reports that Russia intends to attack America with nuclear bombs. Will Trump make the first move?

It's a scary thought.


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