The telling of truth by Tribune columnist Cal Thomas is severely colored by his continued fawning over Donald Trump. He has conveniently left out the lies that the Republicans, and particularly former President Trump, has told. I have included some of them here to remind Thomas of how many of Trump’s lies he believes:
- The most dangerous lie: The coronavirus was under control. We all know how that is turning out.
- The ugliest smear lie: Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., supports al Qaeda. Trump went on to deliver additional bigoted attacks against Omar in the following months.
- The most traditional big lie: Trump didn't know about the payment to Stormy Daniels.
- The most shameless campaign lie: President Biden will destroy protections for pre-existing conditions. Biden was running on preserving them.
- The lie he fled: He got Veterans Choice Health Care Program. It wasn't until August 2020 that he was asked about the lie to his face. He promptly left the room.
- For such a fierce critic of the media's use of anonymous sources, Trump sure liked to use a lot of unnamed sources himself. His stories were full of nonsense he attributed to "people" or that he claimed "they" say. One of the most bonkers "they say" items: his 2019 declaration that "they say" the noise from windmills "causes cancer."
- The most hucksterish lie: "That plan was coming in two weeks.” Trump's big health care plan was eternally coming in "two weeks." So were a bunch of other plans and announcements. Trump is, at his core, is a huckster.
- My favorite lie: Trump was once named Michigan's Man of the Year. Trump has never lived in Michigan. Why would he have been named Michigan's Man of the Year years before his presidency? He wouldn't have been. He wasn't. And yet this lie he appeared to have invented in the final week of his 2016 campaign became a staple of his 2020 campaign, repeated at Michigan rally after rally.
- The most depressing lie: Trump won the election.
To many of us, it's ludicrous nonsense. But to millions of deluded Americans, it's the truth. And it has now gotten people killed.
There are thousands more lies, I just got tired of typing.
Robert Solly lives in Fargo.
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