Trump has no subtlety in planting lies. His tweets and comments are usually outlandish accusations and false innuendos. He grabs an idea and goes on a twitter rant, sometimes first thing in the morning, and sometimes in the middle of the night. He has to be the best and he has to be the winner. He runs with the Big Lie no matter how detached from reality it is. And it’s been dismaying to see how frequently people fall for it.
His concession speech on Monday was short and subdued. I’ve wondered if he was in such shock over losing that he was unable to say very much. What we’ve been seeing now, however, is a slow motion Howard Dean scream as he has tweeted about Cruz and Carson, claiming that Cruz cheated. Trump finally found a way to claim that he won Iowa.
What’s your tendency when you read something so strongly said? When you see something right there in black and white? Just because something is written and asserted with force doesn’t mean it’s true.
Below I have some links and quotes from those who have gone through the timeline of who said what and when that establish the fact that Cruz did not cheat, Cruz won Iowa, and Trump lost.
My main point, however, is that Trump’s style of propaganda is the Big Lie. I have to go full Godwin on you, because this passage from Mein Kampf describes exactly what Trump does.
“…All this was inspired by the principle–which is quite true in itself–that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying…”
Trump takes the Big Lie and repeats it over and over again, and people believe it.
“…all effective propaganda must be confined to a few bare essentials and those must be expressed as far as possible in stereotyped formulas. These slogans should be persistently repeated until the very last individual has come to grasp the idea that has been put forward…”
Then his followers and fans repeat the Big Lie over and over again, resisting any factual evidence. Let me repeat what Hitler wrote:
Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying…
That’s the poison of the Big Lie. Reaction to aggressive assertion sets credibility within emotions to the extent that “the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down.”
Don’t fall for Trump. Don’t fall for those like him who lie for their own gain.
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UPDATE: That was then. This is now. Proving that his accusations were nothing more than a maneuver to try to invalidate Cruz’s win in Iowa and prop himself up.
The day after accusing Ted Cruz of winning the Iowa caucuses unfairly and asking for a rematch in the state, Donald Trump says he’s now over it.
“I’m so much into this, into New Hampshire, that I just — I don’t care about that anymore,” Trump said in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper in Manchester, just five days out from next Tuesday’s primary contest here. “This is the place I’m focused on now.”
Moving on to the next controversy…
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Now if you want to read what I’ve learned about what actually happened on Monday, that’s next.
On Monday evening just before the caucuses began, CNN reported that Carson would not be going on to New Hampshire and South Carolina, but to Florida. The Cruz campaign picked up on that and sent an e-mail out to precinct captains asking them to use this news to persuade Carson voters to switch to Cruz. The timing of who said what and when has been muddled and distorted. In trying to sort through what I’ve read, I recommend three articles that I think give an accurate summary.
The fake Ben Carson controversy should end here and now is from Steve Deace. He’s an Iowa radio host and political pundit. He’s also a Christian. This is a transcript from his radio show yesterday. I follow what he writes throughout the year, but especially the last few weeks because he knows what’s happening on the ground in Iowa. He was a precinct captain for Cruz, and walks through what was happening in his caucus and on the news on Monday night. He includes the story of a since-deleted tweet by a Rubio supporter that Rubio’s campaign was pushing the narrative that Carson was dropping out. I haven’t yet seen anything that corroborates this. Deace also said:
“I talked to a business owner in Des Moines who knows Rick Santorum and spoke with him at his precinct site. He said he got an alert on his phone that said Carson may be dropping out. He said he took it to Rick Santorum and asked him if he thought this was something he should mention as a Cruz guy. You know what Rick Santorum told him? He said Ben Carson’s voters should absolutely know about that because they should want their votes to count.”
Cruz has taken the heat, however, because he had staff who sent out an e-mail. In my opinion, he also has been under fire because he’s the frontrunner, it makes for drama, and because, also in my opinion, he’s fighting against a media narrative on his persona and policies, and he’s despised by the Republican old guard. Deace wrote that in the aftermath:
“…I was told Cruz was upset his team ran with this so he called Ben Carson to apologize. Now how has Carson reacted to that? Well, after accepting Cruz’s private apology he’s done a media blitz about this that includes more television appearances than he did campaign stops in the entire month before the Iowa Caucuses.
“Let me tell you what a dignified individual does when he gets a private apology. He accepts the apology and says we are going to move on and talk about real issues. But that’s not what happened….”
Early this morning, Erick Erickson wrote In Suck It Up, Ben Carson. Erick is a political pundit in Georgia. He’s also a radio host and a Christian.
Ben Shapiro also has a blow by blow timeline with tweets and links: No, Cruz Didn’t Win Iowa By Cheating. Here’s Why Trump’s Pushing That Narrative.
Yesterday staff from Carson’s Super PAC quit and switched to Cruz, and today Carson is letting go of staff. It’s clear that his campaign is falling apart, but he can’t let go.
When a story like this blows up during a campaign, do some reading and try to sort through the facts. Decide on those who you believe will give the fairest evaluation and read what they have to say. There will be rumors and accusations that are made to try to establish lies as fact. In The Planted Lie, I quoted a fictional account of how this can be done from Helen MacInnes in The Venetian Affair.
Don’t take at face value the many rumors that multiply and spread. Find out the truth. Learn to recognize the Trumps.