Trump made the statement years ago, “You can tell people stuff and they believe it. They just do.” The gullibility of the average person is a lesson that Trump, like all snake oil salesmen before him, took to heart and he has made it the hallmark of how he deals with people — all bullshit, all the time. The Washington Post has logged over 6,000 lies Trump has told in the past 22 months, and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich has updated his “20 Promises Trump Has Broken” to “30 Promises Trump Has Broken” and we can only assume that there will be more sequels. Here’s a sampling.
28. He promised to make two- and four-year colleges more affordable. You bought it. But Trump’s most recent budget contains deep cuts in aid for low-income and first-generation college students, reduces Federal Work Study, and eliminates the 50-year-old Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program, which goes to more than a million poor college kids each year.
29. He promised to eliminate the federal deficit and bring down the debt. You bought it. Yet due to his massive tax cut mostly for corporations and the rich, and his military spending, the deficit is set to rise to $1 trillion, and the debt has ballooned to more than $21 trillion.
30. He said he’d release his taxes. “I’m under a routine audit and it’ll be released, and as soon as the audit is finished it will be released,” he promised during the campaign. You bought it. He still hasn’t released his taxes.
If you’ve got 10 minutes to listen to a terrific video, you’ll have plenty of ammunition the next time your Fox News watching relatives try to gaslight you about how wonderful Trump is and all he has accomplished.