President Donald Trump’s latest gaffe in an attempt at fear mongering is yet another instance where one has to step back and look at the alternative reality we are experiencing. In just 30 days, the words “alternative facts” and “fake news” have become regular phrases we use in our political discussion. Executive orders, stupefying levels of spin and outright lies, and a revolving door of personnel are all a glaring neon billboard of unapologetic ineptitude.
Trump is already over half that number in a month. That includes an executive order naming his Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon to the National Security Council. Later, it became apparent that Number 45 didn’t even read the order before he signed it.
Of course, there is the failed Muslim Ban, an executive order that a federal judge filed an order to halt, citing its unconstitutionality. Attention to detail is sorely lacking in these two instances.
Let’s look at the triumvirate of falsehood that includes Trump, Sean Spicer, and the unsinkable Kellyanne Conway.
How many times has Trump said things that are just lies? Of course, his latest debacle is his discussion of a terror attack in Sweden that never occurred. In a previous misstatement, he said the media was not reporting terrorist attacks.
Then, he magnified his electoral college win as the biggest electoral win since President Ronald Reagan. Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama all received bigger electoral wins.
Sean Spicer’s inflated inauguration numbers and terror attack in Atlanta that was actually Orlando and not even a terror attack contributes to the fact manipulation. Then, Kellyanne Conway spins Spicer’s inauguration numbers as “alternative facts.” She adds to the “fake news” that Trump keeps complaining about with her “Bowling Green Massacre.”
It is just one distortion after another.
In the first thirty days, Trump has chosen questionable personnel. His selection of Andrew Puzder for labor secretary failed because he was seen as “anti-labor.” After that, his first National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn was fired for providing misleading information to Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador.
Shaky executive orders, fact juggling, and errors in judgment on appointees are the marks of Number 45’s first 30 days. What’s in store for the next 30 days and beyond?