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Suspension of Disbelief

© Tom Tomorrow

Why do Donald Trump supporters believe anything he says? How can they believe such a flimsy story about meeting with the Russians?

Even Trump jokes about his constant habit of lying. On Monday at an event at the White House, Trump said:

We’ve signed more bills — and I’m talking about through the legislature — than any President ever. For a while Harry Truman had us, and now I think we have everybody, Mike. I better say ‘think’, otherwise they’ll give me a Pinocchio, and I don’t like those — I don’t like Pinocchios.

Pinocchios are what the fact checkers at the Washington Post awards to lies.

Of course, it was trivial for fact checkers to verify that Trump has signed fewer bills than almost all recent presidents. Trump has signed 42 bills so far. At this point in their presidency, Jimmy Carter signed 70, George H.W. Bush signed 55, Bill Clinton signed 50. Trump has not even caught up to the number of bills that Harry Truman had signed at Truman’s 100 day mark. All but one president between 1901 and 1949 beat Trump as well.

Minutes later, Trump continued lying. He lied about how many mining jobs have been created. And then just to make sure, he repeated the lie.

At this point, one wonders what it would take for Trump’s supporters to realize that he lies continuously and arbitrarily. He lies about things that nobody even cares about. Why tell the truth when it is easier to just make shit up all the time.

But this is serious. As long as Trump’s base believes anything he says, the Republicans will not dare impeach him (even though it is clear that many Republicans in Congress would love to do so). Hell, they are too chicken shit to even disagree with Trump most of the time, knowing that they will just piss off Trump’s supporters.

So, what will it take before Trump’s base realizes that they are being conned long and hard? What will it take to end this national nightmare?



  1. ebdoug wrote:

    Seems to me that people believe the Bible and the trinity. There is no way you can take that away from them.

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 4:42 am | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    I suppose, but we don’t have Jesus in our midst telling lies, stupid lies, and damn lies every time he opens his mouth.

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 7:09 am | Permalink
  3. Wildwood wrote:

    I still believe that when all is said and done, we are better off with the LIC, (Liar in Chief), than with the “the I can’t be alone with a woman” or “pray the gay away”, VP, or pretty boy, no brain Ryan. I like that this is all keeping the Pubs in a turmoil and unable to accomplish anything much on their wish list for destroying this country.

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 7:52 am | Permalink
  4. Jonah wrote:

    He also doesnt dive into the details. He’s one of those puppet presidents

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 9:23 am | Permalink
  5. rk wrote:

    I was pointing out the lies to one Trump supporter last week. Her response was “God works in mysterious ways.”

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 9:54 am | Permalink
  6. Iron Knee wrote:

    This article is very interesting —

    It provides strong evidence that the problem is not Trump, nor is it his followers. The problem is the chicken shit Republican politicians, who won’t challenge Trump.

    In the past, it was always other politicians who challenged the president. It worked that way with Nixon, with LBJ and the Vietnam War. The base never leads, it follows. We need to put more pressure on Congress.

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 10:52 am | Permalink
  7. Jonah wrote:

    Lets at least try to impeach him for this

    Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 3:14 am | Permalink
  8. ebdoug wrote:

    Brainwashing the proletariat:

    Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 6:56 am | Permalink
  9. Wildwood wrote:

    It has occurred to me that there are those in the very divided Republican Party that are thinking along the same lines that I am, that he is better than Pence or Ryan. That would explain, in part why there is not more action towards impeachment. And even if impeached, it doesn’t mean that we get rid of him. Look at Clinton. Also there may be push back from some of the big corporate donors, who for their own reasons do not want to see an impeachment. The possible reasons for and against would require a chess master to figure out. A Russian chess master perhaps?

    Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 7:57 am | Permalink
  10. Jonah wrote:

    Some have realized they made a mistake

    Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 9:28 am | Permalink
  11. Michael wrote:

    I just don’t even know what to say anymore. Even though Trump Jr. fully and openly stated that he met with the Russian lawyer, 32% of Trump-voting poll respondents said the meeting didn’t happen and another 24% weren’t sure.

    Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 12:11 pm | Permalink
  12. paradoctor wrote:

    What ends belief in the con? A face-saving exit.

    Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 1:34 am | Permalink
  13. Zyvlyn wrote:

    Yhey will support him as long as he does one simple thing. Piss off liberals. That is literally all they care about. Are liberals upset that he is president? Then he shall be president unto eternity.

    The sooner we realize that these people are beyond reaching out to and move on to focusing on the 60-75% of the country that CAN be reasoned with, the sooner we can start doing something about it.

    Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 5:21 am | Permalink