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The Reality Show Just Got Weirder

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.



  1. Yudith wrote:

    Go check this wonderful radio interview in La Presse about totalitarian regimes, where an expert said that a totalitarian regime is a regime with a group of leaders following an ideology so closely that when the reality interferes with it, they don’t change the ideology, they work on changing the reality itself. Or if you don’t know French, just check the dictionnary definition of a totalitarian regime. That’s Iran today and that also looks like America in a few years. (insert hyena from The Lion King going “wooooh”)

    Friday, March 24, 2017 at 5:19 am | Permalink
  2. Thatguy wrote:

    The nightmare deepens. But hey, soon I’ll have “choices” in healthcare, have my browsing history sold off by my ISP, and be able to “hunt” hibernating bears and wolves. So it all comes up roses, right?


    Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7:41 am | Permalink
  3. notycoon22 wrote:

    Not only will you be able to expand your hunting calendar, but you’ll be able to use lead bullets on wildlife refuges so that your hunting mishaps (hits but no kills) will lead to other animals being poisoned as well.

    Friday, March 24, 2017 at 10:14 am | Permalink
  4. notycoon22 wrote:

    I must admit, I had a hard time getting through the Trump interview. Actually, I quit about 2/3 of the way through. I cannot fathom someone so incapable of speaking a rational, complete sentence as being president. I cannot help but believe that he speaks the same way when meeting with his cabinet and foreign heads of state. What a mess.

    Friday, March 24, 2017 at 10:23 am | Permalink
  5. Jonah wrote:

    It looks like Trumpcare wont even get a vote in the house. I don’t get it. Trump is a great business AKA “the closer “. He should have closed this easily since he said it was a great bill and everyone was going to get coverage and costs and premiums were going to go down. And the republicans have the majority. So Trumps a super businessman, hes a closer, the publicans have the majority in the house and they had 7+ years to work on a replacement plan. And they may not even vote on it! I mean Trump was telling us the truth the whole time right. Its not like he was lying. Its got to be crooked Hillary’s fault.

    Friday, March 24, 2017 at 10:55 am | Permalink
  6. redjon wrote:

    “It can’t happen here,” by Sinclair Lewis. Worth reading, now more than ever.

    All Trump needs is a few major televangelists going national to whip up support for his ideas, and the craziness can be taken to a whole new level.

    We’re not EVEN 100 days into this thing, yet…

    Friday, March 24, 2017 at 12:51 pm | Permalink
  7. Ralph wrote:

    Hey, that reminds me. Whatever happened to that secret plan he promised us, within 30 days of the inauguration, to defeat ISIS? After all, he “knows more than the generals, believe me.” Expected the generals would be thanking him by now on bended knee. Oh well, I guess it’s a little like healthcare, who knew it could be so complicated?

    No worries, I’m sure he’ll be working on it really really hard again this weekend. Between rounds.

    Friday, March 24, 2017 at 1:11 pm | Permalink
  8. redjon wrote:

    Hey… If a respected newspaper like The National Enquirer publishes on its front page a teaser for a story about Ted Cruz’s father Raphael and Lee Harvey Oswald, should that not be evidence enough of truth for the President (and indeed also ALL of the citizens) of the United States of America?

    As opposed to “fake news” sources like ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and especially NPR?!?

    How dare we question Trump’s veracity? Is that not unpatriotic, or something?

    Friday, March 24, 2017 at 1:22 pm | Permalink
  9. ebdoug wrote:

    He did follow through with his secret ISIS plan. It’s just that it looks like Obama’s plan. He hasn’t mentioned that. Now Trumpcare looks like Obama plan also.

    Now we have to figure out how to keep the narcissist away from the foreign heads of government. Will be interesting to watch what England does because if they let Trump visit, there is going to be rioting in streets.

    Friday, March 24, 2017 at 5:33 pm | Permalink
  10. notycoon22 wrote:

    What plan? The apparent plan for dealing with ISL is rolling out quietly as all this other BS covers it up in the media. We’ve sent troops into Syria. We’re ferrying combatants in our helicopters and providing helicopter gunship cover for rebel operations. We’re providing artillery and air support to certain of the rebel groups. More troops on their way as I type this.

    Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 9:52 am | Permalink
  11. Max wrote:

    “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” is Trump’s way of saying: being a terrible person got me to the top, so why the hell would I change now? Morality is for chumps.

    Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 4:13 pm | Permalink