Seven Days of Donald Trump’s Lies

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The New York Times has compiled a list of 31 of Donald Trump’s “falsehoods, exaggerations and outright lies” today. “A closer examination,” they say, “revealed an unmistakable pattern: Virtually all of Mr. Trump’s falsehoods directly bolstered a powerful and self-aggrandizing narrative depicting him as a heroic savior for a nation menaced from every direction.”

Quite so, and this would seem unremarkable except for one thing: this list covers only the past week. And it doesn’t include “untruths that appeared to be mere hyperbole or humor, or delivered purely for effect, or what could generously be called rounding errors.”

In other words, just lies. For one week. And yet a lot of people still believe Trump is going to build a wall and has a foolproof secret plan to crush ISIS. Apparently we are a nation of patsies these days.

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