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If the President Lies, Does It Matter?


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Jay Nordlinger

August 2, 2017


The president was talking about the speech he had given to the Boy Scouts. He said, “I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful.” The Scouts organization says there was no call. In fact, the head of the Scouts, Michael Surbaugh, issued a statement apologizing to the scouting community for the partisan political nature of Trump’s speech.

Earlier, the president had talked about the speech he had given in Warsaw. “Enemies of mine are saying it was the greatest speech ever made on foreign soil by a president.”

Is that true? Have enemies said that?

Earlier, the president had talked about the speech he had given in Congress. “Some people said it was the single best speech ever made in that chamber.”

Is that true? Did anyone say that? Does it matter?




Okay. But one more question: Would we be so tolerant of the lying, or the bullsh**ting, if a liberal Democrat were in office?

When Trump tells one of these whoppers, a lot of us yawn, I think. A “new normal” can become a regular old normal very quickly. But maybe yawning is not in order.

P.S. There are plenty of politicians, and plenty of non-politicians, who tell clever, subtle, slippery lies. But what of a politician — a president — who makes easily checkable statements? I mean, did the head of the Scouts place a call or not? Did the NFL send a letter or not? Where is that letter? Were Trump and Putin “stablemates” or not?

You know? The sheer brazenness of these things. The mindset that must be involved.

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"If the President Lies, Does It Matter?"


Yes - morally. Politically? As the article says, depends on which party. Press will think it endearing of its a Dem.

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President Trump: Head Of Boy Scouts Called To Say I Gave The Greatest Speech Ever Made To Them

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:44 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Last week, President Trump spoke at the Boy Scouts of America’s National Jamboree. Traditionally, speeches made by presidents at these events are benign, non-political and focus on the values esteemed by the organization. However, after last week’s speech, the president found himself criticized for giving a political campaign speech, replete with inflammatory rhetoric and political digs. In other words, the speech was typical Trump. Sandwiched in between the sort of comments you would expect a President of the United States to make to Boy Scouts, were assorted jabs directed at President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Fake News, Fake Media, a subtle warning to Secretary Tom Price, and a pathetic rehash of his election win:     :snip: 

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