The Independent has conveniently cataloged the five public lies that Donald Trump has made in just three days since assuming the presidency. Unsurprisingly, every single lie is clearly an attempt to stroke his overinflated ego and a poor effort to make the public recognize his ‘grandeur.’
First, on inauguration day at the Inaugural Ball, Trump announced, “The crowd was unbelievable today. I looked at the rain, which just never came, you know, we finished the speech, went inside, it poured then we came outside. The helicopter scene was an incredible scene, and then, amazingly it rained—like God was looking down on us.”
In fact, the rain started at the beginning of Trump’s inaugural speech. If sun is a sign of God smiling on a speech, then God was frowning or crying on Trump. (Ironically, the pastor Trump chose to bless the inauguration called the rain on Trump’s speech “a sign from God.”)
Second, Trump desperately tried to convince his supporters that the crowd at his inauguration was massive. He told them, “Even the media said the crowd was massive. That was all the way back down to the Washington Monument.”
Actually, he later got upset because the media kept reporting the truth – his crowd was tiny compared to Obama’s and didn’t stretch anywhere near the Washington Monument. The Washington Post, New York Times, LA Times, MSN, Independent, Boston Globe, and even Fox News reported that his crowds were small.The editor of Reuters, a highly respectable news agency, felt compelled to explain that Trump was unequivically wrong.
Third, Trump inexplicably repeated the lie about his crowds to the CIA the day after his inauguration, saying, “We had a massive field of people. You saw that. Packed. I get up this morning. I turn on one of the networks and they show an empty field. I say, ‘Wait a minute. I made a speech. I looked out. The field was … It looked like a million, a million and a half people.‘ Whatever it was, it was. But it went all the way back to the Washington Monument.”
A crowd expert estimated that about 160,000 people turned out for Trump’s inauguration.
Fourth, the day after the inauguration he kept insisting that the rain ceased for his speech, even though he had already been called out for that falsehood. “The rain should have scared them away. But God looked down and he said, ‘We’re not going to let it rain on your speech.’ In fact, when I first started I said, “Oh no.” First line, I got hit by a couple of drops. And I said, ‘Oh, this is, this is too bad, but we’ll go right through it.’ But the truth is that it stopped immediately. It was amazing. And then it became really sunny, and then I walked off and it poured right after I left.”
Fifth, Trump felt compelled to talk up his presence in (the widely mocked) Time magazine. He claimed, “Time magazine—and I have been on their cover, like, 14 or 15 times. I think we have the all-time record in the history of Time magazine. Like, if Tom Brady is on the cover, it’s one time, because he won the Super Bowl or something, right? I’ve been on it for 15 times this year. I don’t think that’s a record, Mike, that can ever be broken.”
Time responded that Trump was only on their cover 11 times, one-fifth of the 55 times Richard Nixon featured on the cover.
None of Trump’s lies are about anything important. He can’t stop himself from uttering a false version of reality whenever it occurs to him, no matter how small the matter is. Disturbingly, Trump continues to repeat lies after being proven wrong, working tirelessly to spin a narrative that obscures the truth about what is happening in our country. Notable Russian dissident and chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov mocked Trump’s lies about the size of his inauguartion crowd by echoing old Soviet propoaganda: “Record grain and steel production in the Soviet heartland again! Little lies build immunity to big ones.”
Over the weekend Trump surrogate Kellanne Conway told NBC that Trump and his team provide the public with “alternative facts.” It is terrifying that we have a leader who makes brazen attempts to deceive the public and views his lies as other ‘facts.’ There is only one set of facts, and any attempt to state alternatives is straight up lying.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.