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Great question⤵️

(I should get off Twitter. I have work. But I have to answer this)

Short answer: The[cult]leader signals the lies, and others fall in line.

Michael Cohen explained how this works in his testimony before Congress . . .
While Cohen was negotiating with Russia on Trump’s behalf (to build Trump Tower Moscow), Trump often asked how the negotiations were going. Other times Trump looked Cohen in the eye and say, “there’s no business in Russia.”

Afterward . . .

. . . Trump went out and told the same lie to the American people.

Cohen thus understood “'there’s no business in Russia' was the lie he was supposed to tell.”

McCabe tells a similar story. After Trump fired Comey, Trump summoned McCabe to a meeting.
Trump offered a “gleeful” description of what happened with the firing of Comey. McCabe knew this wasn’t true. He also knew Trump expected him to “adopt” this falsehood.

McCabe refused. He said, “No sir. That’s not true . . . ” He knew that he’d “given him the wrong answer.”

McCabe knew he would lose his job because of his unwillingness to tell the lie that Trump wanted him to tell.

@PreetBharara tells a similar story:

People first lie for Trump by their silence. Then Trump draws them in until they're complicit. . .

@PreetBharara . . . and they have no choice but to keep lying.

Comey says, "Trump eats your soul in small bites."

People like Sarah Sanders willingly follow the signals.

(Back to work. Even if someone asks the most brilliant possible question.)

@PreetBharara You did it! Brilliant. So I am still here.

It's how Kompromat works. The Russians lured Trump with money. He took the bait. They hooked him. The Kompromat is his willingness to take their money, and that he took it . . .

@PreetBharara The Kompromat is that Trump is propped up by Russian money. He doesn't want anyone to know. They've got him.

All of this was in response to my thread this morning, if you missed it.

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@PreetBharara My threads are also blog posts. I added this to my earlier thread and put it here: terikanefield-blog.com/republican-lie…
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