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Ann McFeatters: Trump's arsenal of lies

Tribune News Service Published: September 23, 2016 4:00 AM

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. -- While campaigning earlier this year, Donald Trump insisted the unemployment rate in this state was 20 percent. In reality, it was about 4.5 percent then and has only dropped since.

He said Wisconsin has a stagnant economy with a budget deficit of $2.2 billion. In fact, the state is on track to have a balanced budget.


They say we all do it, sooner or later. But the cost of being discovered in a lie is painfully high. Usually.

Like when Hillary Clinton absurdly said FBI director James Comey more or less exonerated her in her mishandling of emails while she was secretary of state because he didn't recommend she be charged with a crime. She was accused of lying because he actually said she had shown extreme carelessness in using a private server.

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She paid a high price, losing the confidence of many voters.

But Trump's pattern of lying is so amazingly blatant there is no comparison. During four and a half hours of speeches, Politico found Trump lied, on average, once every five minutes. In one town hall meeting, he lied 71 times.

Trump falsely insisted for years that President Barack Obama wasn't born in America. Then he flatly lied by saying Clinton started birtherism and he finished it. He lied by claiming Obama and Hillary "founded" the Islamic State terrorist network.

He said he lost hundreds of friends on 9/11. He did not. He said he saw thousands in New Jersey cheering when the towers fell. It did not happen.

He said he is unable to release his tax returns because he is being audited. That is not true. The IRS says he could release them.

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He said it's impossible to vet refugees. That is not true. Refugees face intense scrutiny, involving hours of interrogation and months of background checks.

He said he gives millions to charity through his foundation. Since 2009 he has given no money to his foundation -- he used other people's money, what he calls "OPM."

Character matters, and Trump's character is appalling. He is running because he is convinced he can win. A Trump presidency would be alarming. But worse is what he is doing to the already damaged national psyche.

A Trump presidency would shred America's waning optimism because he will not be able to do the things he boasts he'll do -- create millions of high-wage jobs, revitalize inner cities, eliminate home-grown terrorism, and send undocumented immigrants home. It is foolhardy to believe he will.

If elected, Trump will alienate allies, start wars, befriend dictators who are "nice" to him, cut taxes on the rich, ignore the middle class, perpetuate inequality and foster his business interests. (No law requires him to divest his real estate properties, nor would a "blind trust" work.) If Trump loses, he will say the system is "rigged," causing more chaos and discouragement.

This election is not about liberalism vs. conservatism, big government vs. individualism, a can-do, take-charge attitude vs. submitting to the status quo. This is about realism and whether we are willing to work for the country's best interests long term.

This election should not be about change if it means changing for the worse, destroying the fabric of our nation by electing a man who thinks nothing of routine lying, even knowing he will be caught.

That is not a great leader. That is a dangerously flawed, inherently insecure little man.

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redleg6 Sep 24, 2016 4:38 PM

From above:..Character matters,...???

From:..newsmax.com...23 Sept 2016...

Republicans responded bitterly Friday to disclosures that Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills and two others received immunity from the FBI in its probe of the former secretary of state's private email use — with the Trump campaign saying the deals proved "this was without a doubt a Criminal Scheme."......

"At its heart, Clinton's secret server was an end-run around government transparency laws designed to hide corruption between the Clinton Foundation and her State Department, an arrangement which ultimately put our national security and sensitive diplomatic efforts at risk," said Trump spokesman Jason Miller....

"No one with judgment this bad should be allowed to serve as president of the United States or hold any public office....

"What has become abundantly clear is that the Obama administration is protecting Hillary Clinton from accountability at all costs because she will keep the rigged system in Washington in place," Miller added.....

nana56 Sep 24, 2016 1:25 PM

Thank you, Ann McFeathers, for pointing out the truth about Donald Trump. However, your words fall on deaf ears when it comes to Trump supporters. Don't confuse them with facts, as they are too busy calling the opposition childish names. The truth is that Trump supporters are thrilled thatTrump has no problem spouting their deplorable (yes) racist remarks. I wish they were equally as interested in finding out HOW he plans to "make America great again". He never quite gets to that as he is too busy blaming others.

stanback Sep 23, 2016 8:08 AM

Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up!

amt_ Sep 23, 2016 6:07 AM

The desperation of the liberals is palpable.