For more than a year and a half America's biggest crybaby, Donald Trump, has been whining petulantly about having lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden. Trump's humiliation is surely compounded by the fact that he couldn't even defeat a man that he tried unsuccessfully to portray as a senile socialist.
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Consequently, Trump's obsession has led him to incessantly peddle his ludicrous and unsupported allegations that the election was "rigged" and "stolen" from him. Despite not being able to produce a shred of evidence, and undeterred by having lost more than sixty court cases, Trump persisted with his fantastical distortions of reality. Eventually his flagrant deceit was referred to simply as "The Big Lie" by the press, presumably to differentiate it from the thousands of other lies he's told since he commenced his calamitous political career.
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Now, in an Olympian feat of irony, Trump is actually lying about the use of the phrase "the Big Lie." During a speech before his worshipful disciples at the ultra-rightist "Faith and Freedom" conference, Trump boldly blasphemed before the evangelical audience saying that...
"They know the Big Lie is actually the Big Lie in reverse. And they have great liability, and they don't wanna use it. But they came down with an edict - they came down with a statement it was announced yesterday - that CNN is prohibited from ever using the term the 'Big Lie' again. I wonder why? We're getting closer, but we have to fight some very sick and very evil people."
To no one's surprise, Trump is once again strangling the life out of the truth. What he's referring to is a report that CNN's new president, Chris Licht, expressed his preference that the use of the phrase "the big Lie" be discouraged. According to Mediaite, Licht said that "he preferred that staff avoid the term. He made clear this was a preference, not a mandate."
So Licht is not opposed to the phrase because it is inaccurate, but because he thinks it hews too closely to the branding by Democrats, and he doesn't want the network to be perceived as partisan. But in Trump's cartoon brain there is some sort of "liability" on CNN's part. Never mind that Trump's legal acumen is notoriously lacking in any recognizable form of logic. Mediaite's reporting added that Licht "encouraged producers to instead use the terms 'Trump election lie' or 'election lies' in banners and graphics." So plainly his editorial position remains that Trump is lying about the election and that it's permissible to say so.
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Trump's deliberate misrepresentation of Licht's remarks is just the latest lie he has let loose, though not the biggest. And he continues to excrete his warped view of the world, even as his treasonous criminality is being probed by Congress. In the same speech Trump dropped another self-incriminating outburst wherein he literally confesses to how he pressured Mike Pence to illegally obstruct Congress from carrying out its constitutional duty to certify Biden's victory:
"So they say we lost. don't believe it. So they said [yelling] 'Mike Pence can't do anything.' Then right after this whole event, they started working so they could make what they said true. Because the truth is he could have sent it back to the state legislature. [...] So I said to Mike, 'If you do this, you can be Thomas Jefferson.'"
Of course, every credible constitutional expert agrees that Pence had no legal authority to reject the results of the election that had been certified in all fifty states by both Democratic and Republican officials. And Trump's efforts to bully him into doing so constitute a violation of federal law. Yet, in his desperation and ignorance, he keeps admitting his malfeasance in public. And worse, he's acting out in conspicuously unlawful ways.
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Trump better be careful. The House Select Committee investing the January 6th insurrection is uncovering abundant evidence of his crimes. And Attorney General Merrick Garland recently said that he and the Justice Department prosecutors are watching the hearings. Trump's past knack for evading accountability may finally be running out of steam.
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