TRUMP’S UNREALITY SHOW OR…THROWING THE TRUTH UNDER THE BUS

TRUMP’S UNREALITY SHOW
OR…THROWING THE TRUTH UNDER THE BUS
 
 
In a recent piece he calls “The Truth About Trump,” Michael D. Antonio wrote in the Boston Globe, “Write a biography about Donald Trump and the first question posed by TV anchors, friends and absolute strangers is: Why does the president lie so much?” 
 
It made me kind of sad when I read this because I can hear a fourth or fifth grader asking the same question…
 
When I was little and anyone told a ‘fib,” (as my grandmother called them) some other kid relentlessly chanted, “Liar, liar, house on fire!” We still say that in our family if someone claims something, well a little bit uh, fishy…
 
D’Antonio did some investigation and found that mental health experts generally agree that Trump has a “personality disorder.” Evidently, he was told by  his father, Fred Trump, at an early age that “For the most part, you can’t resect people because most people aren’t worthy of respect.” Hmmm.
 
D’antonio also learned that Fred told his son over and over, “You’re a killer, you’re a king” and that the rules everyone else follows, like “square dealing, truthfulness and fair play are for suckers.” 
 
Trump learned to lie at an early age. Evidently, he still loves to brag that he was the best high school ball player in New York State…he wasn’t. And he loved to tell anyone who would listen that Walt Disney painted tiles on the floor in one of  the rooms in Trump’s Mar-a-Largo resort. He didn’t. 
 
“In office,” D’Antonio writes, the president has “astounded the world with his lies, which fact-checkers estimate at over 3,000…” Whew! I didn’t realize Trump was so “creative”…
 
The danger, of course, with Trump’s habit of lying is that he could “damage public trust to the point,” D’Antonio worries, “that citizens retreat to a position of cynical acceptance…” Sometimes it feels like that’s already happened.
 
“Businessman Trump might say, ‘Who cares?’” D’Antonio writes, “But President Trump might discover that lot of us do…”
 
Speaking of caring, young children often get wind of their parents’ conversations. It wouldn’t be surprising if “the lying thing” came up. Children don’t miss much. Now would be a really good time to positively reinforce them for the “truths” they tell; let them know how proud you are of them; how good they are and how you know you can always count on them to say what’s true…
 
We need to spawn a new generation of “truth tellers.” Fast.

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