Inauguration Day 2017, my employer gave the staff the day off. The
expectation was that workers, with the day off, might personally
witness the peaceful transition of power within our system of
democracy. I am blessed to presently have a decent job, and I
could’ve attended the inauguration; but, I chose not to.
of the pattern of insincere revisions of actual events posited by
now-President Donald Trump and those closely associated with him, I
had absolutely zero desire to participate in anything remotely
associated with supporting him; I have no desire to lie with lies (a
play on the maxim ‘lie with dogs, get up with fleas). And, as
though on cue, the Trump Administration kicked off a surreal era in
American history: a Trump Presidency where alternative facts
Trump has shown himself to be an absolute narcissist as well as a
pathological liar. He gloats at his reputation to negotiate winning
deals. He thrives on his belief that people adore and admire him for
being an “unbelievable” dealmaker. Donald Trump has
always been his own amusement park of mirrors - an illusion, if you
will, and money has been his vehicle for perpetuating that illusion.
as President, his money is less of a factor because he’ll have
access to our money. His partners will be Congress - and his
cabinet and counsel of billionaires, military generals and white
supremacists. Managing a democratic republic is worlds apart from
running a business. We—the People, the opposition and
dissenters and the observers (the media)—better know that too!
Trump sent his attack dog out to “get the press straight.”
On his first full day at work, he sent his Press Secretary, Sean
Spicer, to tell the media aka the People "That
was the largest
audience to witness an inauguration. Period." He approached the
podium like a stinking trash dump on fire and his claim was easily
disproved. Any American who saw the images of the swearing-in
ceremony would wonder why Trump would dispatch his Press Secretary to
deliver with conviction an obvious and
comparison between the 2009 and last week’s inauguration
attendance was no pissing contest. Or was it? Donald Trump carried on
like size really does matter. He acted like he was talking about the
size of his genitalia!
continued by bragging about the number of people who attended his
inauguration on the National Mall compared to the women’s march
the following day. Why the obsession with size? I’m chuckling
just imaging that he’s really agitated about the 2009
inauguration because in reality he’s comparing his size with
the size of the Black man’s. But I digressed. The self-absorbed
President doesn’t realize that the inauguration doesn’t
even belong to him; it’s ours - we, the People.
the Sunday, immediately following the inauguration, defiant White
House Senior Counselor Kellyanne Conway defended Donald Trump’s
persistent lying to the American people. Meet the Press host
Chuck Todd asked Conway, “It's a small thing, but the first
time he confronts the public, it's a falsehood?” After a brief
tense exchange, an irritated Conway retorted:
“Don't be so
overly dramatic about it, Chuck. You're saying it's a falsehood, and
they're giving — our Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, gave
alternative facts to that. But the point really is —“
WTF interruption began, “Wait a minute. Alternative
facts? …Four of the five facts he uttered… were just
not true. Alternative facts …they're falsehoods.”
takeaway is this: 1) One can never be over dramatic when responding
to someone who blatantly lies to your face, 2) Euphemistically
referring to “alternative facts” as falsehoods instead of
lies is undeservedly polite and 3) An alternative fact is a figment
of an alternative reality.
to thefreedictionary.com, a fact is defined as knowledge or
information based on real occurrences. When you ruminate on that
definition, one can reasonably surmise that the Trump team exists in
an alternate reality - one in which they walk in lockstep. What I’ve
come to learn is that in criminal law a conspiracy is born when two
or more people conceive a deception. Donald Trump, Sean Spicer and
Kellyanne Conway are co-conspirators in this real-life crime of
beguiling the American people. By the way, Conway replaced Rudy
Giuliani as Donald Trump’s “Minister of Propaganda.”
think the question for us is whether we will subscribe to the
fiction. Regardless of whether you like Trump, many of his utterances
are easily proven false - over and over again. The question for the
media is whether he’s telling the truth or deliberately lying.
Misinformation is not disinformation, and the media cannot
afford to normalize either.
befuddles the norm is that Spicer attempted a “reset”
with the press by saying, “Sometimes you can have a
disagreement with the facts.” What? Seriously? He just
described another euphemism: Disagreeing with facts can only be a
denial of the facts - denying the truth aka lying.
the time of writing this commentary, Donald Trump had reverted to
bellyaching about the lie of Clinton winning the popular vote thanks
the votes of millions of illegal immigrants. Attorneys General and
election fraud and reform scholars attest that no evidence
points to the voter fraud he claims! More fiction pawned as fact.
Facts are what is - all else is fiction, disinformation
Trump is beating us into numbness. The more he spouts truths or lies
- mostly lies - the more weary we become, and eventually question
less. Trump said it was sunny during his inauguration; it wasn’t.
Trump said the rain ceased the moment he was sworn-in; it didn’t.
During the 2016 campaign, he said he would eventually release his tax
returns; Conway said last Sunday that he won’t.
the way, despite her assertion that only the media cares about his
tax returns, an ABC/Washington Post poll found that three-quarters of
Americans want the President to release his tax returns. Those tax
returns would reveal a multitude of financial conflicts of interest,
debt and additional insight into Trump’s actual net worth (as
compared to his boast of a net worth exceeding $10 billion). Last
October, the New York Times published Trump’s leaked 1995 tax
return in which he claimed a $916 million loss… Whoa! Would
that make him one of the biggest losers?
new President has shocked us into a new reality. We, the People, must
choose whether we will partake of the fact or fiction. To preserve
our collective health, we cannot normalize their alternative
reality. Their alternative facts must never be a viable