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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Liar in the Whitehouse

Up to this point it has seemed like "teflon Don" could be a nickname that applies to Donald Trump. No matter what he says, no matter how inflammatory or how untruthful, it hasn't seemed to matter much to his followers and his words haven't gotten him into much trouble. Today though The Guardian asks whether his statements are finally hurting him?
"Incredibly, Trump has never had to pay a political price for his malign speech, shameless evasions and legion lies. To the contrary. By treating words as potent and weightless – potent, as tools to skewer opponents; and weightless, without lasting consequence – he greased his way to a spectacular political rise."
"In concluding that the revised travel ban was “issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion,” Judge Watson did a shocking thing – he took the president at his word. Having heard the president call for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” Judge Watson did not accept the revised order’s quiet assurance that it “was not motivated by animus toward any religion.” Apparently a federal court will not let Trump unsay his earlier characterizations of the travel ban with the alacrity that Breitbart lets him unsay his touting of the birther myth."
"Until now. In the past three days, in the worlds of law and diplomacy, the president has been confronted with the consequences of his inflammatory speech. On Wednesday, Judge Derrick Watson issued a temporary restraining order blocking the administration’s revamped travel ban."
"The British are now trying to teach Trump a similar hard lesson. But Trump is a stubborn or dull pupil. In refusing to utter a word of regret, much less apology, he is sticking to his tried and true script. Apologies are recognition's of mistake and Trump by his own lights commits none."

Donald Trump's disregard for words – and truth – is finally catching up with him

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