Remember in 2011 when Trump sent his crack team of investigators to Hawaii to get the real truth about Obama’s birth? Man, how he milked it – every night on TV, every day in the papers and on the net.
“I have people that have been studying it and they cannot believe what they’re finding,” Trump said on NBC at the time. Right. They can’t. And they didn’t find anything. And they didn’t exist.
“We’re looking into it very, very strongly. At a certain point in time I’ll be revealing some interesting things,” Trump blithely blathered on CNN’s American Morning.
Of course he never produced anything. He also never admitted there was nothing to produce. He also never gave up the fiction that he had knowledge on the subject that others didn’t.
Only in September 2016 did he grudgingly say that Obama was an American, something everybody (except most Republicans) had already known for years. Speaking at the opening of his new Washington D.C. hotel, he tacked these words on at the end, “President Barack Obama was born in the United States” This was all he had by way of explanation after years of preposterous lying.
I really, really hate bringing Hitler into these Trump discussions, but when talking about The Big Lie, you have to. Hitler invented it in 1925, and you just can’t pretend otherwise. Dictating Mein Kampf he talked about the use of a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” He explained it this way:
“…in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.
Today, Trump is at it again. Using language almost identical to that of his Birther Period, Trump is saying that the 17 security agencies, including the FBI and the CIA, who have concluded that the Russians interfered with the election are wrong. On Saturday, he said he knew “things that other people don’t know” about the hacking, and that the information would be revealed “on Tuesday or Wednesday.”
Last week, he sent Kellyanne Conway out to say that the sanctions Obama had implemented against the Russians were actually directed at Trump. Basically the message here is that, for the incoming Trump administration, Democrats are the enemy of the U.S. and Russia is our ally in the fight against this enemy.
What I don’t understand is why say anything at all? The election is over. The hacking report is not going to change the result, and no one is claiming that it will. There is no longer any pressing need to discredit Obama or Democrats or anyone else.
Trump’s idiotic statements on the subject are more of the same combative nonsense that we heard throughout the campaign. It was effective then, but the job now is different: then the job was to get elected, and now it’s to bring the country together and lead all of us, including critics and including non-partisan independent agencies of the government that you’ll have to work with over the next four years, and who have no anti-Trump motive at this point.
Manbaby, you’ve already won the biggest prize. Stop already with the biggest lies.