Trump campaign chief: it's not lying if he didn't know whether it was true or not when he said it


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/09/26/trump-campaign-chief-its-no.html


Supercut of Donald Trump sniffing oddly at the first presidential debate
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This line of reasoning worked for Reagan during the Iran/Contra hearings.


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Wait, I’m confused.

So if a campaign manager doesn’t know for sure that her candidate isn’t crazy, but she encourages voters to think her candidate isn’t crazy, then is the campaign manager lying or just crazy?


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It’s crazy lies all the way down.


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So the lesson here, everyone, is not that Trump is a liar, but that he just doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

How that makes him qualified to be president is still a mystery.


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Yes.

more characters to appease the Boing One.


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It really boils down to the definition of what “is” is.

LOL. Politicians lying. How do I make that shocked face emoji?


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Yes, your honor, it wasn’t vehicular manslaughter because I had my eyes closed the whole time.


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They may have got some inspiration for this one from our last major bastard:


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I hope he says “People are saying xxxx” or “I’ve heard that xxxxx” and Clinton pounces on it.

“Who’s saying that? Who’d you hear that from? Because the [ insert list of credible actual sources ] say the exact opposite so I’m curious where you’re getting your information. As president you can’t be listening to hearsay.”


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Everything you see about Trump, from the Nazi memes to his incoherent rally gibberish–is bullshit.

Well, it’s just more obviously bullshit than is pretty much everything you see and hear from Clinton. Sadly, Trump’s outlandish bullshit makes Clinton’s bullshit seem reasonable by comparison.


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If this president thing doesn’t work out, Trump can always find work as a marine biologist.


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Thanks for bringing Frankfurt’s essay into this; it was the first thing that leapt to mind for me, too. It’s times like this that call for Bea Arthur:


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Kind of funny how that works, huh?


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His supporters won’t mind… Supporters of populist demagogues never really care about facts or truth, they care about feelings. If it feels true, to them it is true. Maybe even more true than the actual truth.

The actual truth is grimey and complex. It requires you to accept that sometimes things you don’t like work and things you do like don’t. It requires you to accept that things you like may have a dark side.

But with Trump, the things you like are all “fantastic” and “the best ever” and the things you don’t like are “dumb” and “stupid”. Much easier to handle.


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it’s not lying if he didn’t know whether it was true or not when he said it

Trump puts ketchup on hotdogs.


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