There was a meme that circulated some time ago that many on the left were eager to embrace — one that depicted Donald Trump as having given an interview to a major news magazine and saying something along the lines of “If I ever ran for President, I would run as a Republican,” because he thought that the GOP base was “the dumbest group of voters in the country.”
It wasn’t true, and it was debunked by a number of fact-checking sites, all of which determined there was no evidence of him ever having said anything of the sort in an interview.
Unfortunately for Trump, the fact that he never said those specific words to People Magazine all those years ago doesn’t prove he doesn’t actually feel that way — and thanks to his son-in-law, there’s actually proof that he does.
The fact is, Donald Trump has told documented lies more than at least 7,600 times since he became President, and that was just the tally from the end of 2018. We presume he’s sailed past the 8,000 mark at this point. But the question of why he has become so pathological about it remains a mystery — unless you factor in the public variable. His lies have become more frequent and less believable as his presidency has worn on because he has been faced with the staggering task of convincing not just those who voted for him, but the sane, intelligent majority of the country that did not.
So where does Jared fit in? Ivanka Trump’s husband was, at one point, the publisher of the New York Observer. His lead editor during his tenure there, Elizabeth Spiers, recently had a back-and-forth with a conservative blogger who took umbrage at her use of the word “liar” to describe Donald Trump. And in explaining herself with a story from her time under Kushner, she threw both Jared and Trump all the way under the bus:
And in fact, that’s what many of us have believed about Trump from the beginning — that he doesn’t actually hold many of the viewpoints that he claims to, but rather embraces whatever angle or statement does him the most good in the moment that he’s currently experiencing.
Who would know better what Donald Trump actually thinks about his base than a close member of his family — a member of his West Wing inner circle, even?
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