The Irish political thinker Edmund Burke wrote: “Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.”
Since Donald Trump promised to expose Barack Obama as a foreign imposter-only to expose himself as a bigoted opportunist instead- the world has witnessed the president’s true character. If I had to use just a few words, I would say that he is a hypocrite who can not comprehend his own self-deception. As a result, he is a man who lies with total sincerity.
There is no better example than the president’s wiretapping accusation levied against President Obama. Setting aside the two tweets in which Mr. Trump placed the words “wire tapp” in quotes, the other two tweets are not in quotes. Trump also typed:
“I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!”
And “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
It has now become imperative for the president to manufacture a defense which will allow him to save face. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was ordered to tell reporters, “the president used the word wiretap in quotes to mean broadly surveillance and other activities.” He also suggested he wasn’t accusing former President Barack Obama specifically, but instead referring to the actions of the Obama administration.
Trump himself offered the following justification to Tucker Carlson. When asked how he got his information, he responded, “Well, I’ve been reading about things. I read in…a New York Times article where they were talking about wiretapping…I think they used that exact term. I read other things.”
These statements are curious for several reasons. On January 28, 2017, during another Twitter outburst, Trump made the claim: “The failing @nytimes has been wrong about me from the very beginning. Said I would lose the primaries, then the general election. FAKE NEWS!”
I wonder if the president views the New York Times as fake news now? If he believes the Times is fake news, then why would he use their information to validate his paranoid and malicious accusation against President Obama?
There is a bigger concern at play here. What will happen when the president comes on TV during a state of emergency and tells the American public that he needs our undying allegiance? How can the public invest its trust in a man who has eviscerated it time and again? What will happen when the president cries wolf but no one can hear the growling over the relentless static of his fabrications? What will happen to the integrity and responsiveness of our political system when the leader of the free world is not worth listening to anymore?
It is clear to me that Trump’s pathological inferiority complex with President Obama has gone beyond a personal obsession. With his latest outlandish lie he has severely tarnished the reputation and veracity of the office of POTUS. He should either recant or resign. All other actions are inexcusable given the nature of his offense.