REMEMBER THIS TRUMP LIE?
THE 10 percent tax cut for the middle class LIE.
And as we head into the crucial stretch of the 2020 campaign, reporters and the voting public need to prepare themselves. Because the fact is, not only does Trump lie prolifically — he is clearly prepared to say literally anything if it thinks it will help him get re-elected.
This may sound like an exaggeration, but it’s hard to think of any other limiting principle to his dishonesty and manipulation. Being willing to say anything, of course, doesn’t mean he will say anything, because many lies wouldn’t help him be re-elected. If he tried, for instance, to tell the American people that Hillary Clinton had been locked up, or that everyone will get a million dollars if he’s re-elected, these lies wouldn’t help. Everyone could see that Clinton isn’t in jail, and even his hardcore supporters aren’t gullible enough to believe we could all get a million dollars.
But as the 2018 midterm elections drew to a close, Trump showed how shameless he could be. He fearmongered endlessly about the caravan of South American migrants coming from Mexico, fueling conspiracy theories and anti-immigrant myths.