believe all this and more because the alternative is unthinkable: that
our great nation inflicted on the world a president who is, well, a
stone cold loser, boorish and ignorant.
I plan to do as Trump does: live today as if yesterday never happened.
But itâs not enough to imagine away this weekâs name-calling. To
preserve national dignity, Americans must accept that none of the
following ever happened:
He didnât refer to Brussels as a âhellholeâ nor assert that âBelgium is a beautiful city.â And spelling the British prime ministerâs name as that of a British porn actress? Never happened.
administration didnât confuse Singapore with Indonesia and China with
Taiwan, nor misidentify the Australian prime minister, nor misspell âDenmark.â Not once did Trump vow to âpromote the possibility of lasting peachâ in the Middle East.
Trump, furthermore, did not sign the guest book at Israelâs Holocaust memorial with the words âso amazing.â
He didnât pull his name from a Group of Seven communique. He didnât
take a limousine and a golf cart instead of walking with other world
leaders at summits. He didnât struggle with a group handholding exercise
in Manila, his knuckles didnât whiten in the grip of Emmanuel Macron, and Melania Trump did not swat his hand away on the tarmac in Tel Aviv.
Put the chart to Daily and it illustrates a rather nice crescendo of lies up until the 2018 Mid-term elections are over. That said, the frequency of lying is higher in the post- Mid-term election period than it was prior to July 2018.
Does the President lie more when he feels frustrated or is he lying more because past experience has convinced him of the efficacy of lying? Hopefully greater analytical minds than mine will tackle this crucial, thorny question.
P.S. When are Trump supporters going to wake up and understand the damage being inflicted upon the American brand?
in fact: To claim 3.1 per cent growth, Trump was using an alternative growth measure that compares one quarter of the year to one quarter of the previous year; he compared the fourth quarter of 2018 to the fourth quarter of 2017. (By the traditional measure of real GDP growth, the 2018 growth rate was 2.9 per cent.) Some economists think that is a superior measure, so Trump wasn't objectively being deceiving by using it — but he was being deceiving by saying this was the "best number in 14 years." As the New York Times and Washington Post noted, this was not "the first time in 14 years" that there was 3.1 per cent growth using this quarter-to-quarter measure; in fact, it happened just four years ago, in 2015. The Post wrote: "Now that Trump is citing 4Q/4Q, that means the relevant comparison would not just be 4Q/4Q but other quarter-over-quarter calculations. The economy under Obama hit its peak in 1Q/1Q 2015, when it grew 3.8 per cent. Obama exceeded 3.1 per cent on two other occasions, as well."
Reilly, a former Sports Illustrated columnist who has played with Trump in the past, spoke to dozens of players â both amateur and professional â to recount some of the presidentâs worst cons on the course, starting with his declared handicap of 2.8.
In laymanâs terms, the lower the handicap, the better the player. Jack Nicklaus, winner of a record 18 major golf titles and generally considered the greatest golfer in the history of the game, has a handicap of 3.4.
Nicklausâ handicap is listed on the same Golf Handicap and Information Network website used by Trump, where players post their scores.
âIf Trump is a 2.8,â writes Reilly, âQueen Elizabeth is a pole vaulter.â
At that point, only 36 lots were actually approved for sale, and by this point 5 had already been sold. That left 31 â not 55 â available for sale. Since Trump was promising he could sell them for at least $3 million each, there was a $72 million gap between his claims and reality.