Liar or Idiot? Yet Again, Donald Trump Poses the Eternal Question.

Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.


For the first time in my career, I’ve recently gotten a little self-conscious about my blogging. I’m keenly aware of how bad it is to blog nonstop about every dumb thing Donald Trump says or does, and yet, it really is hard to resist. And besides, he routinely pushes everything else out of the news, which leaves me with a lot less to choose from even if I did want to cut down on my Trump blogging. What to do? What. To. Do?

Ah, screw it. Here’s Trump talking about how corporations ought to provide day care for their workers’ kids:

The billionaire real estate mogul, who previously voiced his opposition to government-funded universal pre-K programs, said in Newton, Iowa, in November 2015 that he had visited many companies that offered workers on-site child-care centers — and added that he offered such programs himself.

“You know, it’s not expensive for a company to do it. You need one person or two people, and you need some blocks, and you need some swings and some toys,” Trump said. “It’s not an expensive thing, and I do it all over. And I get great people because of it. Because it’s a problem with a lot of other companies.”

Trump pointed specifically to two programs: “They call ’em Trump Kids. Another one calls it Trumpeteers, if you can believe it.1 I have ’em. I actually have ’em, because I have a lot of different businesses.”

I don’t have to tell you how this story ends, do I? These two programs aren’t for his employees. They’re for guests at his hotels and golf resorts who want to pay for child care while they’re out on the town or hitting the links. Trump does not, in fact, provide child care for any of his employees.

I dunno. Do you think he was lying? Or did he really not know? I could go either way.

1Yeah, I can believe it.

DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

Headshot of Editor in Chief of Mother Jones, Clara Jeffery

It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Thanks for reading—whether or not you can pitch in today, or ever, I'm glad you're with us.

Signed by Clara Jeffery

Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest