- We all know that Trump is a compulsive liar and a gullible audience for unsubstantiated conspiracy theories.
- But we don't always get confirmation like Bob Woodward's taped interviews in which the president openly lied to the American people about the portability and lethality of the coronavirus.
- Trump and the GOP's flirtations with far-right, anti-Semitic conspiracy theory QAnon have encouraged their supporters who are now wreaking havoc in the response to the West Coast wildfires.
- He's a tyrant, a liar, and a gullible fool. And it makes Americans insecure.
- This is a split opinion. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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While it can be easy to get lost in President Donald Trump's morass of untruths, and his conspiracy can lead you to believe that "nothing matters"Two recent events soberly remind us how dangerous Trump's presidency really is for the American people.
Initially, Trump lied to the American people about what he knew about the coronavirus' deadliness and transmissibility. This is why so many of his followers believed for months that COVID-19 was "just the flu" and why simply wearing a mask in public continues to be seen as a form of surrender to the "culture war".
People died and kept dying because Trump is a compulsive liar, an incompetent leader, and a deeply dubious person.
Tapes and transcripts of Bob Woodward's interviews with the President were released to mark the release of Woodward's new book, Rage. These bands are not ambiguous. No "out of context" allegations can be credibly made against Woodward. They just show Trump at work.
There is much evidence available that Trump is responsible for leading the worst coronavirus response in developed countries.
States undermine & # 39; early blocking Assignments. Propose dangerous unscientific remedies could help eradicate or treat COVID. Assigning his son-in-law Jared Kushner and a group of his fellow trustees to procure adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the country's medical workers.
But nothing compares to Trump's explicit lies about the threat, which he knew to be coronavirus, emerged in the weeks leading up to the World Health Organization's declaration of the pandemic.
"It goes through the air. It's always harder than touching. You don't have to touch things. Right? But the air, you just breathe the air and that's how it happened. And that's a very tricky one. That's an it is also deadlier than your exhausting river, "Trump said on Feb.7.
Trump lied to the American public that day and for many days after that about the coronavirus.
A business executive is so rarely caught in the act as Trump is, but his followers don't care that Trump is not just a shameless liar, they're cool if he's a conspiracy theorist Tea totals Version by Alex Jones.
Trump is the QAnon President
The second reminder of the dangers Trump poses as president relates to the recent forest fires that devoured large parts of the west coast.
QAnon supporters – they heroically fight the far-right internet movement, which Trump has baselessly accused of, against a satanist pedophile ring run by DC Democrats – have flooded social media with fake news accused black Lives Matter and Antifa activists of deliberately starting fires.
Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon said the state is preparing for "mass extinction". There were now law enforcement agencies and first responders inundated with calls ask about these conspiracy theories, and Journalists to have reported face armed militia guys looking for left-wing arsonists.
QAnon accounts are directly responsible for turning this joke theory into a crisis. It would probably be a good time for Trump to denounce QAnon.
Except for one QAnon supporter who wasn't invited to speak at the last minute at the Republican National Convention and Vice President Mike Pence cancel a performance The movement, organized by QAnon supporters, is still affiliated with Trump and the Republican Party. And now is this movement that – or at least – Trump is promoting for political advantage cause real problems for people trying to respond to a devastating natural disaster.
When asked about QAnon in August, Trump said, "These are people who love our country." When Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon supporter, won the Republican nomination for a Congress seat in Georgia, Trump approved it.
Trump's Footsie game with the Unhinged and deeply anti-Semitic The QAnon movement could propose a calculated campaign strategy to prop up its base, but that requires Trump ever to have a plan.
Famed writer and New York contributor Masha Gessen told me in July, "I don't think anything in the Trump universe is intended." Rather than committing to a grand scheme perfectly tuned to own the libraries and fuel the passions of MAGA law, Trump's "incompetence is militant."
All presidents lie, but the sheer volume and audacity his most easily refutable lies separate him from the pack. And Trump would hardly be the first senior Fox News addict picked up by nonsensical conspiracy theories spread on Facebook.
But Trump's most enduring legacy will be the extent to which he was comfortable with overt lies and enjoyed delving into conspiracy theories. And it will just be how many lives have been compromised and ultimately lost because of these properties.
Trump as president continues to reveal his character. He's a tyrant, a liar, and a gullible fool. And it makes Americans insecure.
This is a split opinion. The thoughts expressed are those of the authors.