Friday, September 11, 2020
It's often said that Trump's approach to everything is "transactional." I think Trump's approach to reality is transactional. The truth is the truth when it serves his purposes. In those moments, Trump believes in reality. But in other moments, not only does he walk out to a podium and contradict reality, he does so without necessarily believing that he's lying. As I've said in the past, Trump doesn't believe in truth. There are (as we see them) facts, lies, and true and false interpretations of reality, but to Trump they're all equally valid. He'll use any of them to shape reality, and he'll believe whatever he's saying at the time, even if it contradicts what he said six hours ago. In part this is because, as Yastreblyansky says, he believes in the Power of Positive Thinking and therefore thinks confidence can shape reality. In part it's because it's important to him to be his audience's daddy, someone who dominates us the way his father dominated him.
I hear from friends in Oregon that, per local media, some claims 'antifa is starting forest fires' have been traced to magabros hearing 'blm' on radio scanners and not realizing it means Bureau of Land Management— David Burbach (@dburbach) September 11, 2020
Apparently AP style now says you can use “less” even when “fewer” is correct and so 2020 continues to plumb new depths.— Jonathan Gitlin (@drgitlin) September 11, 2020
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The Woodward tapes put to rest the idea that Trump can't distinguish reality from BS. He was happy to share the reality of Covid with Woodward, while lying every time he got behind a podium. The man is a liar and we're over 20,000 documented lies past the point where he gets the benefit of the doubt.
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"The truth is the truth when it serves his purposes" this is very true, but it's just as true for the woke.