Have you noticed that Donald Trump constantly prefaces his outlandish lies with such phrases as: ‚ÄúTo be honest with you,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúTo tell the truth,‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúBelieve me‚ÄĚ?
Why? Because like a snake-oil salesman, he constantly needs to convince himself that he‚Äôs speaking the truth in order to perform his next lie convincingly. The show must go on‚Ä¶ and on.
In fact, he already ranks as the perhaps lyingest president in U.S. history. And that includes Nixon! The Washington Post‚Äės fact checker counted over 2,000 lies in Trump‚Äôs first year alone.
Trump‚Äôs biggest whopper is that he‚Äôs an honest-to-God ‚Äúpopulist,‚ÄĚ standing up for America‚Äôs hard-hit middle class against Wall Street, corporate lobbyists, and moneyed elites.
This prevarication has duped many working stiffs into thinking he‚Äôs their champion. The huckster doubled down on this lie in his inaugural address last year, pompously declaring, ‚ÄúThe forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.‚ÄĚ
That‚Äôs why a new, straight-talking pamphlet by the watchdog group Public Citizen is so important. It exposes the ‚Äúpeople‚Äôs champion‚ÄĚ as a rank fraud who‚Äôs worked from day one to further enrich and empower the corporate elites he had denounced as a candidate.
Public Citizen‚Äôs report documents with concise, easy-to-grasp specifics on how Trump-the-faux-populist has systematically sold out the working families whose votes he cynically swiped, handing our government to a kakistocracy of corporate plutocrats.
The Public Citizen expos√© is titled ‚ÄúForgetting the Forgotten: 101 Ways Donald Trump Has Betrayed the Middle Class,‚ÄĚ and it drives the stake of truth through the heart of his populist pretensions. It‚Äôs available at CorporatePresidency.org/forgotten.
OtherWords columnist Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He‚Äôs also the editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown, and a member of the Public Citizen board. OtherWords.org