Even Trump’s supporters know that he has a special relationship with the truth. He regularly changes his opinion on social issues, tries to back away from comments he’s made on live television and basically creates a whole new universe every time he opens his mouth. Conservatives regularly try to spin this as part of his business acumen. He’s a salesmen they say. Or at other times they suggest that the system is such a mess that he needs to put on a show just to get into office. Some of these people actually seem to believe that he’s going to morph into an ethical human being the moment he steps into the White House.
But there’s an important distinction to be made here. Someone who’s a savvy negotiator or expert salesman knows that they are stretching the truth. They do it strategically and as a means to an end. Conversely, a compulsive liar can’t help themselves. They often have an inflated ego and get angry when someone tries to burst their bubble of lies. Compulsive liars may be interesting to watch on television. The way a car accident may make for an interesting drive to work. But the idea that a compulsive liar will make a good president is like arguing that more car accidents will make for more interesting commutes.
New documents have surfaced from Trump’s 1990’s bankruptcy hearings that clearly place him in the compulsive liar category. He is so delusional that he lies to his own lawyers. People he’s paying to bail his derelict ass out of financial peril. Their interests are perfectly aligned with his. And yet in 1993 court deposition, they say that they had to adopt the practice of meeting with him in pairs. Otherwise he was likely to say something completely different the next time they spoke. It took two different people both looking him in the eyes and telling him what he’d said to convince him he might have “forgotten” some of the details:
We tried to [meet in pairs] with Donald always if we could because Donald says certain things and then has a lack of memory.
And don’t let the attorney’s candor here fool you into thinking that he’s actually just talking about a simple gap in memory. I mean consistent forgetfulness is kind of a deal breaker when it comes to the presidency as well, but that’s not what they’re talking about. Earlier in the deposition the same attorney had this to say:
Hey, Trump is a leader in the field of expert – he’s an expert at interpreting things. Let’s put it that way.
That’s coming from a lawyer; not a field known for its strict adherence to the truth. It almost makes you want to root for the guy. Can you imagine what his cabinet is going to sound like during the inevitable Senate hearings that will plague the latter end of his presidency? It would be interesting. Sort of like that car wreck on the way to work that you just can’t look away from.
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