One of Trump’s lawyers once said,“Donald is a believer in the big-lie theory, you say something again and again, people will believe you.” This statement fits well with what is known about the bombastic presidential candidate. Donald has a long history of telling fibs, using low ball tactics and even downright dirty tricks to get what he wants.
In the previous installment of this series, it was mentioned that one of his first business deals involved lying to investors in order to get their money. Saying he had a development contract that he didn’t have, figuring correctly that with the proper backing he could get it. This use of parlor game tactics has always been his ace in the hole. It as if Trumps motto is, if the facts don’t line up with what you want, lie like hell.
As Trump Tower opened, he told prospective tenets, they could end up living next to celebrities like Sophia Loren,Tom Jones or even the Prince of Wales. Not that any of these people had even looked at his apartments, but it made good press. He even leaked the lie that Gorbachev was going to visit the tower. He knew it wasn’t true, but truth just doesn’t have the pizzazz that a carefully crafted lie does.
This was of course not a one off deal, but the start of a pattern that became Trump standard practice. In the video below CNN discusses Trump’s pattern of lying as it was revealed in a disposition in 2007.
A whole book could be written on the “misstatements” used by Trump as part of his marketing strategy. Meanwhile, one must remember Trump’s main product is himself. It is not, therefore, surprising that he is also known for self-aggrandizing falsehoods as well.
For most people, being worth hundreds of millions would be enough, but for someone with an ego as large as Trump’s, there is never enough. He currently puts his net worth at ten million while most major publications say it is half that. Bloomberg says it could be nearly a quarter of what he says. This kind of overstatement has been par for all of Trump’s storied career.
The biggest lie of this political season has been Donald Trump’s assertion that he is a champion of little guy and opponent of foreign labor. That he hired 200 hundred illegal Polish workers to demolish the old Tiffany’s location, in preparation for building Trump Tower, is now getting wide spread press. But it is being presented like this is some sort of one off. Trump has a history of hiring illegal and legal immigrants in place of American workers.
At Trump’s new hotel going up in Washington DC, the Washington Post interviewed many illegal workers whose low salaries have made them preferable to Americans. In fact Trump bragged to illegal alien activist in 2013 how he loved hiring “undocumented workers.” He told them, “You know in Miami, my golf course is tended by all these Hispanics — if it wasn’t for them my lawn wouldn’t be the lawn it is; it’s the best lawn.” As the activist were leaving he assured them they had convinced him (on the value of the dreamer policy [DACA]).
Of course, if hiring illegals does not bother The Donald, why should displacing American workers legally prick his conscience? According to the New York Times, Trump has been doing just that. Taking advantage of the cheap wages and low expectation of foreign workers, Trumps Mar-a-Lago resort pursued more than 500 visas for foreign workers since 2010, while accepting just 17 Americans in the same time period. The prime jobs with their high tipping clientele are just not wanted by American’s Trump says. That despite denying 300 applications from Americans more than willing to take the jobs (and untold others who simply don’t apply knowing full well they will not even be considered).
If all of this flies in the face of Trump’s tough on immigration persona, no one should be surprised. After all, Trump himself has said he can change into anything he wants to be. Unfortunately for voters, they have no way of telling who the real Trump is. This is true on immigration, but it is equally true for abortion, national defense, and myriad of other issues. Trump says and acts according to what he sees as his best interest at all times, this seems to be his one and only core principle.
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