“The Liar” would be the best and most concise definition of Donald Trump. His entire life; his very persona; is a history of lies and misinformation. No better example exists than how the orange man describes his relationships before and after legal complications arise.
When Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified before the House impeachment committee, he described a close, friendly relationship with your illegitimate president. This is what Trump said after Sondland’s testimony.
“I don’t know him very well.” Sondland donated one-million dollars to Trump’s inauguration.
Anthony Scaramucci, an avid Trump Supporter, is described as a financier. Trump personally appointed him to the position of “White House Communications Director” on July 21, 2017. He didn’t last long.
After a recording was released about a phone call with a reporter on which “The Mooch” viciously attacked Trump’s enemies, including members of his own White House staff, he was fired. He was in his position for less than two weeks.
Trump said: “Anthony Scaramucci is a highly unstable ‘nut job’…,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “I barely knew him.”
George Papadopoulos was chosen as a member of Trump’s foreign policy team during the 2016 campaign. Trump described him as “an excellent guy.”
However, after Papadopoulos was sentenced to two weeks in prison for lying to the FBI, Trump attempted to distance himself from this “excellent guy.”
“Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
And that photo of him seated next to Papadopoulos? “I never even talked to the guy,” Trump told Fox News. “I didn’t know who he was.”
One of the closest relationships in politics is between the candidate and her or his campaign manager. Paul Manafort was Trump’s campaign manager during the 2016 campaign for five months. After Manafort was sentenced to nearly four years in a federal prison Trump resorted to another lie.
“I didn’t know Manafort well,” Trump told Fox News. “He wasn’t with the campaign long.”
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman are Ukraine business partners and close associates of Rudy Giuliani. When they were indicted for attempts to funnel foreign money into U.S. political campaigns, Trump said he did not know them.
The problem? Several photos show the men with Trump or members of his family. Parnas posted one photo on Facebook showing himself with Trump at the White House on May 1, describing an “incredible dinner and even better conversation.”
Trump’s explanation: “It’s possible I have a picture with them because I have a picture with everybody,” he told reporters on the White House South Lawn. But, “I don’t know them. I don’t know about them. I don’t know what they do.” Really?
After Trump fired one of his loyal supporters, Jeff Sessions, he illegally appointed Matt Whitaker as “acting Attorney General.” He lasted three months until Trump nominated William Barr for the position.
“I don’t know Matt Whitaker,” Trump said.
George Conway is an attorney and a staunch conservative. He is also the husband of Trump’s primary paid liar, Kellyanne Conway. He was on Trump’s short list to become the U.S. solicitor general.
Conway remains one of Trump’s most vociferous critics, and Trump’s attacks against him became vicious.
In tweets Trump labeled Conway a “narcissistic sociopath” and “delusional demagogue.” Trump claimed that he was ‘jealous of his wife’s success.’ “I barely know him,” Trump wrote, “but just take a look, a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!”
Jeffrey Epstein is the most interesting of these relationships. Trump called Epstein a “terrific guy” in a New York Magazine interview in 2002 and said he’d known the multi-millionaire for 15 years.
“He’s a lot of fun to be with,” Trump said. “It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
Film has been released depicting two parties at Mar-a-Lago where Trump and Epstein were the only male guests. For years, prior to Trump’s announcement that he would be seeking the Republican Party’s nomination in 2015, there were rumors about Trump attending Epstein’s underage sex parties.
In July, Epstein was indicted on multiple charges of child pornography and prostitution. Trump began to tell a different story.
“I knew him like everybody in Palm Beach knew him,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “…He was a fixture in Palm Beach. I had a falling out with him a long time ago. I don’t think I have spoken with him for 15 years. I was not a fan.”
Epstein’s body was discovered in his cell in August. His demise was ruled a suicide. However, investigations have raised questions. There are suggestions of a murder to cover up information known only to Epstein about his parties and who attended them.
When adult film star, Stormy Daniels, revealed the fact that she had an affair with Trump, she produced evidence which was undeniable. The affair occurred just after his son Barron was born.
“I had nothing to do with her,” he told The Associated Press on Oct. 16, 2018. “So she can lie and she can do whatever she wants to do.”
Ms. Daniels was paid $130,000 in ‘hush’ money.
- Jean Carroll is a well-known advice columnist. She claimed that in the 90’s Trump sexually assaulted her in a Bergdorf Goodman store in New York. The story was revealed in her book, “What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal.”
“She’s not my type,” Trump shot back, denying they’d ever met.
But a photo shows them speaking at a party in the 1980s.
Trump has proven himself to be a pathological liar over and over again. Although he demands unbridled loyalty from others, he offers none in return; and that includes his supporters and his country.
Op-ed by James Turnage
“The Truth Lives Here”
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