He lies like a child lies.
It's almost like he discovered our whole system is set up to let rich white guys cheat, and the only limitation is a sense of personal shame.
"DID this person who tells obvious lies every day tell THIS obvious lie?"
Which gives him the opening he needs: The chance to lie, shamelessly, "no, I didn't."
He lies even when the truth would serve him better.
He lies, because to him lying is ALWAYS preferable.
He knows a critical mass will agree with the lie—ANY lie—just so they can move on and get back to normal.
Which is how 'normal' changes.
The gross blatancy of his lying, the total lack of real consequence, exposes the awful truth; we are a culture optimized for liars.
It’s no coincidence that in this exact moment, we have a new cottage industry of privileged “thinkers” for whom the great threat is not Trump, but “callout cancel culture.”
Trump’s lies are not their target. Their target are those who refuse any longer to accept a system optimized for those lies.
They hate Trump, b/c Trump—dumb enough to believe his own bullshit—makes it so much harder for them to tell that lie.
Hard to maintain the ruse, if you’re one whose position depends on insisting to the crowd you see his finery, if he keeps squatting to relieve himself on the cobblestones
A liar doesn’t want to be believed. A liar wants to destroy belief as an option.
And that’s the sum total of the entire Republican Party.