Are Voters To Blame For Trump And Kellyanne Conway’s Lies?
January 27th, 2018 – Thanks to a report on January 25th in the New York Times, we now know that sometime during the month of June 2016, President Trump ordered his White House counsel to FIRE the special prosecutor, Bob Mueller. Trump’s lawyer thought it was such a horrible idea, he threatened to quit, in which case, Trump backed down.
So, if Trump tries to fire Mueller in June, that means anytime the media asks one of his spokespeople if the President is thinking about firing Mueller, and that person says “No,” that will be a lie. They will be lying to voters.
Cut To: August 8th, 2016 – About two months later. Kelly Anne Conway is being interviewed by George Stephanapolous who asks her if the President will commit to NOT firing Mueller…
Now, she could have said “yes” and left it at that. In which case, it might not have been a lie because he’s asking about the future. Will the president commit? HOWEVER – Kellyanne gives more than that as an answer…
She says: “The president has not even discussed that.” Referring to firing Mueller.
She says: “The President is not discussing firing bob Mueller.”
She says: “He’s not discussed firing bob Mueller.”
And she ads: “as his counselor, he’s not discussing that.” Referring to firing Mueller.
Those are four sentences that refer to stuff that happened in the past. Ergo, those are Four lies. Four times in a row Kellyanne is just flat out lying to voters. She knows the truth. She knows what happened. She knows that back in June, Trump ORDERED his lawyer to fire Mueller.
Trump didn’t just talk about firing Mueller with his lawyer. He wasn’t seeking advice.
He didn’t ask “what would happen if?”
And the reason we know this is Because the NY times cares about words, they chose that word “ordered” very specifically… They chose “Ordered” because it described what the president did. Trump ordered his lawyer to fire the Special Prosecutor investigating him for conspiring with the Russians to undermine the US election.
And here’s the thing about Kellyanne Conway… and so many other people in our lives: their faces don’t change when they lie.
Lying and telling the truth look the same.
And It frustrates me that I can’t tell the difference. I mean, I can have suspicions – but, for all intense and purposes, lying and truth telling, look the same and it’s maddening to not be able to tell the difference with absolute certainty. Who can you trust? Are we putting our trust in people who are manipulating us?
I did some research to find out why people lie… and are we, as the audience or voters, are we giving off signals that might actually ENCOURAGE people to lie to us. Or, at the very least, is there something about us that doesn’t actively DISCOURAGE people from lying to us.
Here’s a few things to consider:
- Sometimes people lie to us because WE have high expectations of those around us — so sometimes people don’t tell us the truth, because they don’t want to disappoint us. Is that what’s happening here? I don’t think so. If my expectations of Trump were any lower, a gardener would have to fertilize them.
- Sometimes people lie to us in order to impress us. As voters, we have a great deal of control over the lives and careers and success of politicians, so in order to stay in our good graces, in order to impress us, in order to stop us from voting for someone else, sometimes – ok, a lot of times – politicians say whatever they need to in order to keep their job.
- Maybe there are politicians who lie to us because we voters are scary or we’re bullies and they’re afraid because don’t know how we’ll react to the truth. If they told us the truth, we might shoot up the place. Or slap someone with a glove. Assuming it was winter time. And you were wearing gloves.
- Also, politicians lie to us because they think we’re fragile and easily triggered. If a politician suspected voters were in a vulnerable position, they might want to spare us the truth.
- Politicians also lie to us because they can sense we’re not interested in the truth. Consider a young woman who is sexually harassed by the male host of the successful morning show she works on – she might be reticent to discuss… or might actively lie about the host’s actions, if asked by HR or her boss, for fear that they don’t want to hear bad news about their star.
- Politicians also lie to us because they know there’s no real punishment for getting caught.
The repercussions for lying to voters is somewhere between slim and slim adjacent. It’s not that there’s no repercussions – it’s that there aren’t enough to make politicians think about the consequences of lying. If Trump goes on TV and says the crowd at his inauguration was the biggest ever… police don’t arrest him. Voters don’t abandon him. In fact, his voters like it! They elected him because they think he’s not taking any shit from the libtards and snowflakes.
Something to think about – how we, as voters, might encourage politicians to lie to us.
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