Some of the many Lies of Donald Trump by Robert Reich

Robert Reich put together a great list of the Lies that Trump has told and are now showing up by Trump’s agenda. What he said he was for and why a lot of his base voted for him, he’s reneging on now.

Here’s the list:

For Donald J. Trump supporters:

1. He called Hillary Clinton a crook.
You bought it.
Then he paid $25 million to settle a fraud lawsuit.

2. He said he’d release his tax returns, eventually.
You bought it.
He hasn’t, and says he never will.

3. He said he’d divest himself from his financial empire, to avoid any conflicts of interest.
You bought it.
He is still heavily involved in his businesses, manipulates the stock market on a daily basis, and has more conflicts of interest than can even be counted.

4. He said Clinton was in the pockets of Goldman Sachs, and would do whatever they said.
You bought it.
He then proceeded to put half a dozen Goldman Sachs executives in positions of power in his administration.

5. He said he’d surround himself with all the best and smartest people.
You bought it.
He nominated theocratic loon Mike Pence for Vice President. A white supremacist named Steve Bannon is his most trusted confidant. Dr. Ben Carson, the world’s greatest idiot savant brain surgeon, is in charge of HUD. Russian quisling Rex Tillerson is Secretary of State.

6. He said he’d be his own man, beholden to no one.
You bought it.
He then appointed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, whose only “qualifications” were the massive amounts of cash she donated to his campaign.

7. He said he would “drain the swamp” of Washington insiders.
You bought it.
He then admitted that was just a corny slogan he said to fire up the rubes during the rallies, and that he didn’t mean it.

8. He said he knew more about strategy and terrorism than the Generals did.
You bought it.
He promptly gave the green light to a disastrous raid in Yemen- even though all his Generals said it would be a terrible idea. This raid resulted in the deaths of a Navy SEAL, an 8-year old American girl, and numerous civilians. The actual target of the raid escaped, and no useful intel was gained.

9. He said Hillary Clinton couldn’t be counted on in times of crisis.
You bought it.
He didn’t even bother overseeing that raid in Yemen; and instead spent the time hate-tweeting the New York Times, and sleeping.

10. He called CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times “fake news” and said they were his enemy.
You bought it.
He now gets all his information from Breitbart, Gateway Pundit, and InfoWars.

11. He called Barack Obama “the vacationer-in-Chief” and accused him of playing more rounds of golf than Tiger Woods. He promised to never be the kind of president who took cushy vacations on the taxpayer’s dime, not when there was so much important work to be done.
You bought it.
He took his first vacation after 11 days in office.
On the taxpayer’s dime.
And went golfing.

And that’s just the first month.
by Robert Reich

If you have any more lies Trump has told, use the comment box below.

877 thoughts on “Some of the many Lies of Donald Trump by Robert Reich”

  1. Build It and They Will Come…

    …and they are… but they are not wearing “Pink Power Pumps”… nor are they cheering Perez…

    The Anti-Trump Tsunami of 2017
    Alice Marshall
    April 04, 2017

    I knew there was popular mobilization like no other time in my life, but I did not realize how great it was until I saw this comment at Daily Kos: “Organization is also a bottom-up thing starting with organizing at the precinct and county level. Our precinct meeting last month, which usually draws 5 or 6 people, had 20. We raised $200 on the spot to support the local party. People are itching to get involved– they just need a small bit of organizing.”

    Whoever heard of 20 people showing up to a PRECINCT meeting? Most of the time there is a Democratic precinct captain and that is it. Now 20 people are showing up to precinct meetings?

    A friend of mine forwarded this message from the Virginia House Democrats:

    • so far we’ve trained over 60 Democratic candidates for the House of Delegates?
    • we’re currently running candidates in 80 districts (with only 34 incumbents)?
    • Republicans, with 66 incumbents, have only managed candidates in 73 districts?
    • so far 7 Republicans are either retiring or seeking another office rather than defend Trump?

    My Democratic friend in Minnesota tells me that hundreds of Democrats are coming forward to run in this year’s municipal elections. In fact, all across the country we hear news of thousands of people running for municipal office as Democrats, and they won’t lack for volunteers. Millions of Democrats are joining their local Democratic committee.

    The importance of this year’s elections cannot be overstated. All across the country voters will be choosing their school boards, county boards, sheriffs, mayors, and a host of other offices. These officials have far more impact on our daily lives than any member of congress, or even the president. Whether or not you have charter schools, how your local jail is run, how your local public transit system is operated, all these kinds of issues are decided at the local level. If you want to stop fracking and protect your ground water, if you want pedestrian friendly development, if you want to prevent the privatization of the commons, these are the elections you need to participate in.

    And these elections will be watched very closely by editors, news directors, lobbyists, political consultants, and the entire public opinion mafia. A shift to the left will have an immediate impact upon our national discourse. It will influence editors as to which stories are news-worthy and which are not. It will affect who appears on Sunday morning talk shows and what topics are discussed by syndicated columnists.

    A shift to the left will also have an immediate impact upon candidate recruitment and funding. I don’t suppose anything can convince the DCCC to refrain from sabotaging good candidates, but a shift to the left in the 2017 elections will make that more difficult.

    A dramatic shift to the left will find every politician in Washington re-positioning themselves to the left.

    A dramatic shift to the left, not just Democratic gains, but gains by progressive candidates will shift votes in Congress. Politicians will understand that voters are not kidding around and expect meaningful progress on our most pressing problems. A dramatic shift to the left will pull the rug out from under the Republicans and stiffen the spine of the Democrats. It will also shatter the talking point that voters are looking for centrism (which is newspeak for corporatism).

    A shift to the left will also affect editorial judgment. It will persuade editors to run more global warming stories and fewer “let’s go to war” stories. It may even, gasp, persuade editors to run labor stories. Voting is the one power we hold in our hands, the one thing lobbyists cannot overwhelm, if we will put it to good use.

    Ideally, the Democratic National Committee would be pouring money into precinct operations and training THIS year to lay the ground work for retaking the House in 2018. Realistically, that is not going to happen. That is why I wrote The Precinct Captain’s Guide To Political Victory, described by one reader as “clearly written, right to the point and will certainly drive political campaigns to victory.” My book is not for candidates, campaign managers, nor consultant. My book is for every grassroots political volunteer who wants to win elections and is looking for practical guidance as to how to do so. My book assumes that the reader has little or no experience of electoral politics and little or no institutional support from the local party apparatus. I have personally tried every method I describe here and can guarantee the effectiveness thereof. You can buy it at the DownWithTyranny book store.

    * * *

    Centrism is failing… 3rd Way Neoliberalism is dying… there is no going back… the only way the Dems survive as a party is by not blocking the new generation of politicians… and voters.

    They are going to run, and they are going to vote, but it will not be as, or for, dems if the party does not change. Period…

    I expect to see a lot of Indies on every level of government pushing Sanders policies as their platform… and winning.

  2. @toniD:

    hahaha… classic Bernie.

    …Dems are trying so desperately to decode his “secret sauce” when it is right in front of their face… it’s called “Giving A Damn”

  3. YOUR SIX NAMES…this made me laugh….give it a try
    Real Name: Toni

    Soap Opera name (middle name and the street you live on): Ann Thornhill

    Star Trek Name: (first 3 letters of last name, first 2 of middle, last 2 of first):

    Superhero Name: (color of your shirt + the item to your right): Blue Pillow

    Goth Name: (black + name of one your pets): Black precious

    Rapper name: (lil’ + last thing you ate): Lil grits

    Copy and Paste if you dare!

  4. @cent: Oh I so hope it stays that way.

    Illinois is coming around. I live in a very Republican county but I must say they’ve been decent here for Seniors. Before there was no one ever running against the Repubs in local offices. Now they are. Before most of the offices were a walk in for the GOP. That is changing. I think some of the GOP here are moderates and they seem to be changing to Dems now. I’d still rather have the younger progressive Dems winning.


    Reporters Keep Failing Us on North Korea
    Last week’s ship fiasco was the perfect storm of fake news.
    By Robert Bateman Apr 20, 2017

    …That’s the scary part. It’s one thing to blame a heartland voter for not being critical enough, or digging deeper when confronted with sensational news in his Facebook feed. It’s quite another when, rather than dig into discrepancies in the initial reports, professional reporters just react to the rumor du jour—without, for instance, calling the 3rd Fleet Public Affairs office and asking them where the carrier actually is.

    President Donald Trump or Press Secretary Sean Spicer or National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster or Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis could have called the 3rd Fleet Public Affairs office, too.
    Just sayin’.

  6. @toniD:

    I have read nothing stating that people wearing uniforms did not know where Carrier Strike Group 1 (USS Carl Vinson and other units) was or is.

    The confusion seems to be among the suits in the Trump administration.

    The press initially discovered the discrepancy between Trump administration statements and reality by visiting a Navy website.

  7. Very Smart Lefty……

    Good piece on exactly what a Melenchon is…

    How Jean-Luc Mélenchon built a resistance
    Like Jeremy Corbyn, France’s leftist candidate for the presidency has been caricatured by the media. Nonetheless, he has succeeded in building a movement.
    By Olivier Tonneau and Nick Jones
    21 April 2017

    Melenchon gets it… the problem is not the EU… the problem is who controls the ECB and the Neoliberal application of its power… There are far better and more humane ways to fuel an economy than privatization and austerity…

    if he should somehow manage to pull this off… Europe will be changed for ever…

  8. @Crank Bait: But there are two Generals in Trump’s cabinet and they should know to go to the Navy Web Site.

    Hell, they should know how to go to an admiral and ask.

  9. @cent: Agree. Before France was more concentrated on Maracon and Le Pen. At least they have a true leftist in the mix now.

  10. @toniD:

    France, after Hollande, much like the UK after Blair, and the US after Obama, has begun to realize the Center-Left… isn’t.

    Melenchon might seem a bit over the top for some, but considering how far Right Hollande moved during his term, he is a good place to start…


    Where Did Trump Find These Lawyers?
    Dispatches from the land beyond parody.

    By Charles P. Pierce Apr 21, 2017

    WASHINGTON—I am not a constitutional scholar, though I occasionally play one here in the shebeen, but, Lord above, even the people whose only contact with the actual Constitution is ducking under the portico of the National Archives on a rainy day have to know that this argument is not exactly well-constructed. From Tiger Beat on the Potomac:

    Trump’s lawyers also argue that he had every right to call for the removal the protesters since they “obviously interfered with the Trump campaign’s First Amendment right” by “vigorously expressing their disdain for Mr. Trump,” including by chanting and holding up signs depicting Trump’s face on the body of a pig, among other anti-Trump messages. “Of course, protesters have their own First Amendment right to express dissenting views, but they have no right to do so as part of the campaign rally of the political candidates they oppose,” Trump’s lawyers wrote.

    Actual lawyers made this argument? I mean, actual lawyers who went to actual law schools and now work for actual law firms made this argument in actual legal documents presented in an actual lawsuit before an actual court of law? Is it too late to get a refund?…

  12. A group of at least 35 psychiatry experts just held a conference at Yale University, and they have just confirmed what we’ve all long suspected: President Trump has a “dangerous mental illness” and is not fit to be President of the United States, as his mental state poses a “danger” to the American people.

    Dr. John Gartner, Johns Hopkins University Medical School psychotherapist, announced that “[they] have an ethical responsibility to warn the public about Donald Trump’s dangerous mental illness.”

    Gartner went on to explain:

    “Worse than just being a liar or a narcissist, in addition he is paranoid, delusional and grandiose thinking and he proved that to the country the first day he was President. If Donald Trump really believes he had the largest crowd size in history, that’s delusional,”


  13. [snip]
    The hand-to-hand political combat in House elections on Tuesday in Georgia and last week in Kansas had the feel of the first rounds of an epic battle next year for control of the House of Representatives and the direction of national politics as the Trump presidency unfolds.

    But for all the zeal on the ground, none of it may matter as much as a case heading to the Supreme Court, one that could transform political maps from City Hall to Congress — often to Democrats’ benefit.

    A bipartisan group of voting rights advocates says the lower house of the Wisconsin Legislature, the State Assembly, was gerrymandered by its Republican majority before the 2012 election — so artfully, in fact, that Democrats won a third fewer Assembly seats than Republicans despite prevailing in the popular vote. In November, in a 2-to-1 ruling, a panel of federal judges agreed.

    Now the Wisconsin case is headed to a Supreme Court that has repeatedly said that extreme partisan gerrymanders are unconstitutional, but has never found a way to decide which ones cross the line.

  14. A lot happened in the 2016 campaign, but one of the things Donald Trump did to win the election was shift to the left on a number of key issues — promising to avoid cuts in Social Security and Medicare benefits and adopting a longstanding Democratic pledge to let Medicare negotiate bulk discounts in the price it pays for prescription drugs.

    Today, after a meeting with pharmaceutical industry lobbyists and executives, he abandoned that pledge, referring to an idea he supported as recently as three weeks ago as a form of “price fixing” that would hurt “smaller, younger companies.” Instead of getting tough, Trump’s new plan is that he’s “going to be lowering taxes” and “getting rid of regulations.”

  15. Report: Trump gave $10 million in Russian money to Jason Chaffetz when he leaked FBI letter

    Now that Jason Chaffetz has announced he won’t seek reelection to Congress and has revealed that he may resign early to take a job in the private sector (link), it’s given credence to last week’s report that Russia has been blackmailing Chaffetz and the FBI knows about it. That’s also bolstered by last night’s report that a former Chaffetz staffer has confirmed the FBI investigation. But now comes another report which – if true – helps explain much of what took place during the 2016 presidential election.

    The latest report comes from Lisa Garner from the site Reason and Justice, who claims that the Jason Chaffetz campaign “took $10mil donation from Trump the same day he leaked Comey letter” (link), a claim which Daily Kos is presenting as plausible (link). This may initially sound absurd, and we can’t yet find the claim corroborated elsewhere, but it does fit with some of the other details coming from more proven sources. For instance the former Chaffetz staffer asserts that the FBI is investigating him for “campaign finance fraud” (link). And last week’s report asserted that the “fraud” in question involved Russia (link). Put those together and you have Chaffetz being busted by the FBI for illegally taking Russian money.

    It would also explain why Jason Chaffetz took the risk of leaking James Comey’s letter about Hillary Clinton’s emails on October 28th, a plainly improper move that’s subsequently made him the subject of various ethics inquiries. Chaffetz had been hemming and hawing in his support of Donald Trump all along, and his decision to leak the letter before the election always seemed suspicious. As the chair of the House Oversight Committee, it would seemingly have been more advantageous for Chaffetz to sit on the letter until the day after the election, then use it as an excuse to resume his years of investigations into President Hillary Clinton. But if he had $10 million waving in his face, it’s a different story.

  16. This Brilliant Ad Was Launched By Veterans. They’ve Bought Time On The FOX Channel So He Won’t Miss It!

    America’s veterans are now banding together to demand that Congress appoints a special prosecutor to investigate the Russian ties to Trump.

    The organization, just released an ad that calls for answers into those secret communications between the Trump team and Russia. The ad is voiced by retired Admiral Michael Smith.

    And this is the best part: They’re running the ad on Trump’s favorite news shows…FOX & Friends and Morning Joe. This will certainly keep the Trump handlers busy as they try to keep Donald from meltdowns and tantrums as he watches cable news.

  17. @cent: This does not bode well for Ireland or Europe. RW Authoritarianism is spreading in Europe too. It’s a scary world we live in. Pure Insanity! And people better wake up.

    I am happy to see the turnout, today, for Earth Day and Science. People are out by the thousands everywhere in the world.

  18. [Snip]

    That economic stratification may lead to collapse on its own, on the other hand, came as more of a surprise to Motesharrei and his colleagues. Under this scenario, elites push society toward instability and eventual collapse by hoarding huge quantities of wealth and resources, and leaving little or none for commoners who vastly outnumber them yet support them with labour. Eventually, the working population crashes because the portion of wealth allocated to them is not enough, followed by collapse of the elites due to the absence of labour. The inequalities we see today both within and between countries already point to such disparities.

  19. @toniD:

    Hahaha… this book appears to be about what I expected… A bubblized interpretation of why the Dems are so bubblized… It blames messaging more than policy… almost as if it was written to hone the establishment position… this is an amplification of Pelosi’s postmortem message, and it is wrong…

    Allowing Bernie to run as a Dem destroyed the Establishment’s crafted identity… they’ve never had to defend or define themselves as the party of the people because they were always comparing themselves to Republicans… Sanders rolls in with his policy platform and suddenly their claims to economic and foreign policy progressivism are stripped away, and what is left is a lobbyist driven Hawkish Centrist Liberal Corporatism… a position, that with a Leftist to keep it honest, fails miserably… suddenly they are Romney and McCain instead of Johnson and FDR… Sanders exposed the Dems narrative as fraud by being everything they have been claiming to be for the last 40 years without actually delivering… and like the conman said in the movie “The one thing you can never get around is the ‘genuine article’…”

    Of course the Dems are having a messaging problem, but it is not because they can’t find the words… it’s because they don’t know who they are… hopefully when they finally look in the mirror and face themselves, they will not like what they have become… that is their only chance left.

    That said, anybody who hires a guy, literally, named ‘Mook’ to run their campaign deserves what they’ve got coming to them…


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