The farther along we stagger forward into the presidency of Donald Trump, the deeper the hole he digs for himself.
I refer to the many statements he has made — as candidate and then as president — that have yet to be substantiated.
A few of them come to mind.
- He has asserted that climate change is a “hoax,” a fantasy created by China to discredit our fossil fuel industry.
- Trump has accused “millions of illegal immigrants” of voting for Hillary Clinton in 2016, giving her the nearly 3 million popular vote margin she rolled up over the president.
- The president has fanned the flames of the phony and slanderous birther movement once again by challenging whether Barack Obama was actually born in the United States of America; he once said that the president is a U.S. citizen, but has all but walked that one back.
- Candidate Donald Trump said he would release his tax returns once the Internal Revenue Service completed its audit. That was more than two years ago. The tax returns remain a secret. The IRS cannot possibly be conducting that audit to this day.
- Trump said he wouldn’t have time for golf, that he’d be too busy making America “great again.” He, um, has broken that pledge, too.
I know I’ve missed a few. Maybe many. But I hope you get the point.
The president has made bold pledges. He hasn’t been held to account for them. His base continues to rally behind him. They give him a pass on all of it. They ignore his hideous personal behavior in a way they never would do if the president was a member of the opposing political party.
Others of us out here are seeking to hold this guy accountable for his lengthening list of untrue statements and promises he made.
I don’t expect the president to listen to his critics. He doesn’t care what we think. He cares only about the slobbering support he gets from those who relish the idiotic notion that Donald Trump simply is “telling it like it is.”