I have to hand it to Donald Trump, he has put together a reality show as president that is as hard to look away from as a train wreck.
Wednesday, Time magazine published an almost verbatim short interview with Trump. The topic is about lying and Trump’s credibility (or, lack thereof). Trump agreeing to this interview is amazing. Reading it is like watching one of the better episodes of The Twilight Zone.
Trump seems to be proud of the fact that he can lie and get away with it. But he never admits that he lies. Instead, he claims he says things on “instinct” and that his instincts are good, so he doesn’t need any evidence or proof. The few times he said things that were totally wrong, Trump claims he was just quoting someone else, so it wasn’t him that was wrong. The buck never stops at Trump.
Reading this reminds me of dictators-for-life of countries like North Korea, where the leader is reported by the controlled media to have super-human abilities and powers. And it also makes me think that Donald Trump is a psychopath. The problem is all the people who have been taken in by him.
Read it all the way through. Like I said, it is short. At the very end, Trump says:
Hey look, in the mean time, I guess, I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president, and you’re not. You know.
New York magazine has an interesting take on what this line portends:
This small line is an important historical marker of the bizarre and disconcerting reality into which American politics has plunged. Trump is not merely making an attack on truth here. He is attacking the idea of truth. His statement is a frontal challenge to the notion that objective reality can be separated from power.