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Editorial: Donald Trump's dishonesty insults Americans and makes the world unstable

Posted January 30

A CBC Editorial: Monday, Jan. 30, 2017; Editorial# 8117
​The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company

It is not OK to have a president who barely has a casual relationship with the truth.

In the first week of his presidency, Donald Trump, or those who speak for him, have lied about:

  • The size of the crowd at his inauguration (and he even pressured the National Park Service to lie, too).
  • The reason he didn’t win the national popular vote (“millions of illegals voting).
  • The reason the meeting with Mexico’s president was cancelled (it was because the Mexican president refused to come to the U.S., it was NOT by mutual agreement).
  • Getting the biggest standing ovation at the CIA since Peyton Manning won the Super Bowl.
  • That he didn’t have a feud with the national intelligence community; he did, big time.
  • Receiving awards for protecting the environment.
  • The Keystone pipeline creating “a lot of jobs, 28,000 jobs.” Estimates by those involved with the project say it would be 16,000 tops.
  • The murder rate in Philadelphia increasing. Actually, it’s declined significantly.

The fact (not to be confused with “alternative facts”) that presidential truthfulness is even being talked about, let alone a point of very grave concern, after the first week of a presidency is troubling.

Americans deserve a president we can trust to provide us with the truth – no matter how big or small.

There seems to be little concern among those close to Trump or from his Republican allies in Congress.

Worst of all, his closest aides, particularly Stephen Bannon, Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer – are the president’s primary enablers.

It is hard to fathom that they might share his warped view of reality. Perhaps they see it as a mere inconvenience and small concession for having a president who will rubber-stamp their judicial picks, pet projects and ideological missions as well as join in attacking their favorite targets.

Lying from the Oval Office carries far graver consequences than fibs from the penthouse at Trump Towers.

Presidential lies aren’t trivial quibbles over the size of the crowd at an event or how many votes won in an election. Imagined, or hoped-for facts cannot become the basis for policies and laws that have consequences beyond the stage-managed world of reality TV.

The lies and exaggerations are about which American citizens will be able to vote and what kinds of impediments will be placed in their way.

They are about whether American citizens who happen to be Muslim can come back into the United States after they travel abroad.

They are about life-and-death: which refugees will find safety when they flee their war-torn homes; which of our nation’s allies the U.S. will defend against foreign aggression and our nation’s armed service personnel will legitimately put into situations by a Commander and Chief who may require the ultimate sacrifice.

There can be disagreement – even big and divisive – over policies and programs.

Failure to deal with the truth leads to tyranny. It’s no late-night show punch line, it’s not hyperbole.

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  • Dean Anderson Feb 2, 2017
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    I WAS GOING TO RESPOND BUT SECOND THOUGHT A WASTE OF TIME ENJOY THE RIDE AND THE NEXT 8 years...

  • Dean Anderson Feb 2, 2017
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    Tears, tears and tears. WRAL nothing but a big cry baby. Get over it. Republicans lived with Obama for 8 years now sit back and enjoy the next 8 years MAGA

  • James Hicks Jan 31, 2017
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    A CBC Editorial: Monday, Jan. 30, 2017; Editorial# 8117
    ​The following is the opinion[/i ]of Capitol Broadcasting Company

    That's fine, everyone is entitled to their [i]opinion
    , but you really shouldn't post that as a headline.

    The world is already unstable. President Trump is responding to that unstable world.

  • Walter Greene Jan 30, 2017
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    You know what's really sad? It's sad that we mainly hear from the big mouths on the far left and the big mouths on the far right. Most of us sit close to the middle, with differing views on fiscal responsibility. If we tune out the media, we're uninformed, and if we tune it in, we're incited. I hope we all learn to get along before it's too late.

  • Ben Hill Jan 30, 2017
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    9/11 was over 15 years ago. This list of countries is where terrorists are likely to come from now, not in 2001. The goal of this vetting is to reduce the likelyhood of the next 9/11 type attack.

  • Elizabeth Anne Wells Jan 30, 2017
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    Quite frankly, your editorial upsets me. WRAL has come so far "left" that it is ridiculous!!! WRAL is not the same television station I grew up with. However, it is so biased now that when I received emails about stories, they are labeled "WRAL.com Hillary Clinton". Really??? What??? Did she and Bill buy into CBC??? The man has been in office less than two weeks and you will not give him a chance. Take a history lesson. If the President were to step down, Hillary would not become president. The presidency would go to Vice President Pence; and, if he were unable to continue, the Speaker of the House which is Paul Ryan would become President. So, any way you slice it, it won't be Hillary. What happened to WRAL??? Chub Seawell and Jesse Helms must be rolling over in their graves.

  • Jeffrey Derry Jan 30, 2017
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    Nonsense

  • John Archer Jan 30, 2017
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    The lies you refer to were policy decisions, not lies. They were ALL the result of GOP policies that changed what had been reported. So you can point your finger to the right. As for the current administration's lies, how can you trust anything they say now? They lied about everything, just to get your vote. They continue to lie, even about something as trite as crowd size. They also lied to you about who is really running things.

  • Raleigh Rose Jan 30, 2017
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    Wayne Smith-the 9/11 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Lebanon. None of these countries are on the list of the ban from Trump. This ban would have done nothing to stop 9/11. Trump does have business interests in these countries however. Perhaps that is why they were left off the list.

  • Paul Hutton Jan 30, 2017
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    The lies the cbc lists as concerns of theirs concerning crowd size, etc. did not hurt americans. Those type of things do not insult me as an american. The lies told to us concerning the afordable care act, benghazi, and troops in Iraq directly affected and hurt people. This editorial is biased in my opinion.

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