Five and a-half years ago I worried about the color of the sky in Sarah Palin’s world; half a year ago I suggested that Trump would only triumph* were he to keep on keepin’ on banging his own weird can.
So, two things: One, Ezra Klein is among the latest commentators to note that “he lies constantly and fluently about what his policies actually are.” Klein thinks this is a problem, and it is—just not for Trump.
It doesn’t matter that he lies or that he lies about his lies.
And. . . I don’t really know how one counters that.
*Well, okay, not really: I did say that he’d ultimately lose.
Of course, one reason that lies don’t matter, is that all too often truth = agreement and lies = disagreement.
May I give you New Hampshire State Rep. Susan DeLemus (R):
“I believe Donald. I am telling you, he says what I am thinking,” DeLemus said during a CNN focus group of Trump supporters that aired Thursday morning.
“We’ve got people in positions of power who I know for a fact are liars, liars,” she continued. “My president comes on the TV and he lies to me. I know he is lying. He lies all the time.”
What this (not so politely) suggests, then, is that attacking a liar for lying will do little to peel support away from him.
So he has to be attacked from another angle. Senators Cruz and Rubio have done a bit of this, going after Trump for his business failures, which does seem to get to His Greatness. I’d guess dismissing him or openly mocking him would also rattle his bones.
The real question, however, is whether a rattled Donald is a Donald who loses support or, as some tiny bit of me still believes might happen, flips the table and flounces away.