by Mack Williams
27 February 2017
During the last few weeks I have been led to think about the fable entitled “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” the story of a boy whose lies about an impending wolf attack on his flock of sheep led to a lack of response from the community when an actual wolf came on the scene. Shocked that no one responded to his cries for help, the boy questioned the elders, only to find that it took but two false claims of the presence of a wolf to damage his credibility…which brings us back to the present day and the President’s culture of #alternativefacts.
I. “An extremely credible source has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud.”
Donald Trump peddled this lie for years.
II. “I guess it was the biggest electoral college victory since Ronald Reagan.”
No, not nearly.
1. 1988 Bush(GH) 426 Dukakis 111
2. 1996 Clinton/Gore 379 Dole 179
3. 1992 Clinton/Gore 370 Bush 168
4. 2008 Obama/Biden 365 McCain/Palin 176
5. 2012 Obama/Biden 332 Romney/Ryan 206
6. 2016 Trump/Pence 306 Clinton/Kaine 232
III. “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide…”
Which he did not…
“I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
Which they did not.
IV. “But God looked down and He said, ‘We’re not going to let it rain on your speech.'”
Wrong god. It rained.
V. “They will reimburse us for the cost of the wall.”
Not according to the Mexican president.
VI. “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden…”
Nothing happened that night.
VII. The Media is the enemy of the people.
Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…
-from the first Amendment to the Constitution.
Like the boy in the fable, President Trump runs the considerable risk of encountering a crisis and not being believed when he is actually telling the truth. That’s what is really sad.