Has President Trump defeated the media
"Remember: what you see and read doesn't really happen." The sentence comes from the mouth of Donald Trump, he said it in a speech to war veterans in Kansas City at the end of July. "Just believe us," was the US President's solution. Us, Trump and the Republicans. Not the Democrats, not the scientists, not the media.
The alternative world of the 45th US President made its first clear appearance after January 20, 2017, the day he was inaugurated. Donald Trump later claims that the crowd when he was sworn in was larger than that of his predecessor Barack Obama. It is the largest gathering of people that has ever attended the inauguration of a US president.
Aerial photographs clearly show that the streets of Washington are significantly emptier for Trump than for his predecessor. His spokesman at the time, Sean Spicer, insists that the US president is telling the truth. The Americans got to know Trump as a politician during the election campaign. But now, in the White House, his behavior seems absurd. A president who twists the obvious? Some people rub their eyes laughing. Still.
18 months and 4,229 lies later, it is clear that Trump lives in his own world constructed from the needs of his ego. Trump fights objective truths that contradict his worldview, as he once did against the construction companies who demanded their fees from the real estate entrepreneur. Which is why he called critical media, among other things, "fake news" and "our country's greatest enemies". He repeats attacks on the press on Twitter and in almost every public speech. He defends his untruths with verve and vehemence.
Trump lies an average of 7.6 times a day
The fact checker of the Washington Post, whose importance and overtime have grown under Trump, found the number of his "false and misleading claims" nearly doubled in the past six months. On average, Trump therefore lies 7.6 times a day. At the beginning of his presidency there were only 4.9 untruths.
He repeats some lies over and over again. Especially when they concern the core of his political agenda. When it comes to world trade, tariffs, immigration or the fact that Europeans should contribute more money to NATO.
Under Trump, lies have not only become commonplace, they are part of his brand like Twitter thunderstorms and cockiness. And his followers adore him for it too.
Although this is of course connected: If Trump didn't lie, he couldn't pose as the sole savior of the United States. If he weren't the savior of the United States for his followers, they wouldn't be at his feet. And Trump's supporters now have to believe his claims at least halfway because the reverse would be inconvenient: the realization that they were caught up in a fraud.
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