Wow! I’m just now catching my breath.
The quote in the headline comes from the liar in chief, the president of the United States, Donald John Trump Sr.
He said it to ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, who scored an interview with the president after a campaign rally this week.
Karl asked the president about the veracity of his statements. He said, “Well, I try. I do try. I always want to tell the truth.” Man, that is astonishing in the extreme.
When someone says they “try” to do something, I have found it is code for admitting they fail to do something. “I am trying to lose weight.” “I am trying to quit smoking.” My favorite is when you invite someone to an event and they respond, “I’ll try,” which always means “I can’t make it.”
I understand full well that presidents on occasion have to shade the truth for, say, national security purposes. They cannot reveal all that they know for obvious reasons. Trump’s lying is vastly different from that type of fibbing.
Donald Trump’s “trying” to tell the truth doesn’t account for the gratuitous nature of his lies. He said he tells the truth “when I can.” Baloney! That doesn’t explain the countless whoppers he has told: witnessing “thousands of Muslims” cheering the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11; the United States is “the only country” that grants birthright citizenship; he has “proof” that Barack Obama was born abroad and was unqualified to run for president.
Hey, I’ve only peeled the top layer off the thousands of lies Donald Trump has told.
More lies than we can count
The Washington Post Fact Checker has detected more than 5,000 lies in the 600 or so days since Trump became president. It adds that the pace is quickening.
Just as George Washington reportedly said “I cannot tell a lie,” Donald Trump cannot tell the truth.
That is no lie.