Donald Trump is known for demanding unfettered loyalty from his friends, employees and business associates. Since moving into the White House, Trump has added yet another job requirement if you're interested in working for him. You must be willing to lie, shamelessly -- day after day, week after week, month after month.
Here's how it works. Trump lies about something, gets caught in the lie, lies again to get out of the last lie, and then dispatches an acolyte to defend him, who also ends up lying. And all this happens with a perfectly straight face on the part of everyone involved in the lying process, amid complaints that no one is treating Trump fairly (except Faux Noise, of course).
Trump's latest whopper had him turning down the opportunity to be Time Magazine's Person of the Year -- even though Time has flatly denied they made such an offer, and explained how their vetting process for that distinction actually works.
The Time tall tale is just another falsehood in a never-ending stream of falsehoods emanating from the West Wing. It's so continuous and high-volume that the public has become virtually inured to it. It's akin to mentally tuning out the irritating canned music playing in stores and restaurants.
We have become complacent in regards to Trump's nearly-daily fabrications; partially because his presidential campaign was so riddled with deception that we were pretty well softened up by the time he won the election.
What is truly depressing is how people in his orbit are dragged into the continuous cycle of disinformation. For all of their faults, people like Kellyanne Conway, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, John Kelly and Rex Tillerson are more than likely inherently good people who desire to serve their country in often-thankless positions.
They end up being trotted out to face the media and repeat things they know aren't true, and to reinstate once again their belief that Trump is a great president and an all-around nice guy -- if the press would just quit picking on him, he could be super duper great.
I personally feel a bit sorry for these folks. However, my sympathy is wearing thin. No matter how lofty their original motives were in joining the Trump team, the bald fact is they are willingly giving up their personal integrity nearly every time they open their mouths.
Hopefully this is something Trump's paid handlers can learn to live with, because no matter where they may end up when this odious presidency ends, their reputations have forever been sullied.
Their words and deeds as willing participants in this horrendous administration's flood of deceit will forever damn them in the annals of American history.
Brad on February 13, 2018:
Are you serious, or what?
Donald Zeigler (author) from Bluefield, WV on February 13, 2018:
That's right. So?
Brad on December 12, 2017:
After what we saw with the Obama, Clinton, FBI, CIA and State Department lies, and spying, you are going to insinuate about president Trump.
Tim Truzy on November 30, 2017:
Ken you are right on that. I'm no Trump fan, but others are ph.d. liars. Trump only seems to hold an associate degree in the art form. He doesn't exhibit style.
Now, like him or not, I had a chance to meet the late Jesse Helms in his office with my high school class in Washington D.C. What I liked about Jesse was that he said what was on his mind, and stuck to it. I didn't care for his politics, mind you, but I knew he probably wouldn't want me near his house after dark either.
(Jesse and I probably couldn't go fishing on the same lake. But at least I knew that. Rest in peace Senator Helms.)
Great article. Trump lies and everyone else just graciously mislead us. They all play that game.
Ken Burgess from Florida on November 26, 2017:
When you note when referring to the lies that "It's so continuous and high-volume that the public has become virtually inured to it."
I think the problem doesn't just lay with Trump, I think Trump is more the result of the majority of Americans building up, as you put it "the public has become virtually inured to it"...
That is the problem, people have only a 10% approval rate of Congress because of their passing one law after another based on lies, going back decades...
NAFTA will make America more competitive and bring more jobs!!!
ACA will save American families $2,400 on their insurance and they will be able to keep their doctors!!!
Libya is a threat to the stability of the region and Gaddafi is a threat that must be eliminated.
We have had lies as reasons to invade one nation as another, lies that say that new laws passed will help the Middle Class when all those laws do is screw over the average American. And we have a Media that supports those lies, and does nothing to expose the corruption and fraud anymore.
And after well more of 20 years of same old lies, same old corruption.., no one really bats an eye at Trump doing it, because its not anything new... what is new is that Trump does it in such uncouth and ill-mannered ways, often garnering support by his disrespecting those who quite honestly often don't deserve any respect... because they are just as untruthful, and even more dishonest than Trump.
The only difference, is the corrupt in Congress, and the heavyweights in the media have made their fortunes doing it to Americans. And they lie so much better, they have style, and they have grace. well mannered to a fault...
That doesn't make what they do any less criminal.