What Flavor is the Trump Kool-Aid?


Probably grape, like in Jonestown.

Some will accuse me of spending too much time on Trump’s lies. I’ll accept the accusation of spending a lot of time on Trump’s lies – but not on the “too much” part.

You see, already today I’ve seen a Trump tweet that called Ted Cruz a liar twice in less than 140 characters. He’s spent a lot of time hanging the “liar” label on Cruz and it’s worked. Many Trump supporters can’t mention Cruz without the “lying” adjective. They haven’t investigated, they don’t know, they can’t quantify the label; they’re just following their leader.

Trump’s followers, his disciples, have been brainwashed, not unlike those poor souls who followed Jim Jones. They are convinced that Trump is the messiah who will deliver them from the evils of establishment Republicans and “make America great again.”

In their pseudo-religious zeal, they absolutely refuse to listen to evidence that he is not all that they believe him to be. They believe that he speaks the truth, but evidence shows that he lies and exaggerates with abandon, depending on the fact that he won’t be challenged by his flock.

But The Donald speaks with forked tongue.

PolitiFact analyzed 111 of his statements and rated 77% of them as mostly false, false, or pants on fire, while only finding 22% of his statements were true or partially true.

And here’s what FactCheck has to say: “In the 12 years of FactCheck.org’s existence, we’ve never seen his match.” “He stands out not only for the sheer number of his factually false claims, but also for his brazen refusals to admit error when proven wrong.” “So, for the first time, we confer the title ‘King of Whoppers’ to Donald Trump.”

And, as if those proclamations weren’t enough, Politico Magazine also fact-checked statements made during 4.6 hours of stump speeches and press conferences and found 47 cases of exaggeration or flat-out lie.

You can say what you want about those organizations, but they can hardly be accused of being Cruz supporters. To amass such a dismal ratio of truths to falsehoods doesn’t bode well for someone who purports to speak the truth. If he isn’t telling the truth, how on earth can you accept anything he says at face value? With such a record of lies, how can we believe that he’ll build a wall, or bring jobs back, or build up the military? How can anyone filter the truth (22%) from the lies (77%) in anything he says?

And on top of that, to have FactCheck.org label him as the “King of Whoppers” is not an award that should justify confidence in his statements. They didn’t even award that dubious “honor” to Barack Obama.

Yet, the flock continues to believe him. They think what he says is gospel.


How can anyone be intellectually honest with him/herself and explicitly choose to ignore the facts about Trump’s lies and exaggerations? Shouldn’t you at least investigate for yourself to verify or refute his truthfulness? I have yet to see anyone challenge those fact-checking entities or their conclusions.

I can only surmise that it is the Kool-Aid they’ve been sucking down from those Big Gulp cups. No other logical reason presents itself.



Categories: Political


6 replies

  1. No question about it, Garnet. Trump has a cult following. They are very invested in the idea of “winning” but don’t seem to be particularly concerned about what the prize actually is.

    As bad as the lying and hyperbole is with Trump I am even more concerned about his absence of any core principles. He’s a finger-in-the-wind opportunist.


    • The most disturbing thing about it is that Trump doesn’t NEED any core principles, his followers imbue him with whatever they think he needs. He’s got ’em all as far as they’re concerned, just ask them.


  2. I’d say it’s grape too, and maybe spiked with vodka. You’d have to be drunk to believe he’s telling the truth all (any?) of the time.

    Apparently Charles Krauthammer drank it too because he said he was wrong about Trump. “He’s demonstrated the ability to bring out people who aren’t regular voters, aren’t regular Republicans, and he could alter the map. We were all wrong. So he has a capacity to appeal.”

    There’s a huge difference in drawing a big crowd (Beyonce does that too) and actually running a country, but are we so eager to get rid of the establishment government that we’re willing to settle for this?? Evidently, some folks are.



    • What people seem to be missing are the qualifications, habits, traits, skills and temperament that are missing in Mr. Trump yet are necessary to be a successful president. The only thing that Trump seems to be good at is his celebrity – his ability to attract a crowd and entice them into believing the bullshit he’s spouting. He’s apparently a consummate liar. He might also be a good host during state dinners (as long as the guest of honor doesn’t piss him off).

      I added this later, after taking your link about Krauthammer to gatewaypundit. What Krauthammer said was ok, I understand what he was saying – he didn’t say that Trump would be a good president, only that he was attracting people, including many new people, to vote for him. The really disturbing thing was to read 100 or so of the comments. Those people represent the Kool-Aid drinking Trump supporters. You’d think that Trump had risen from the dead on the third day. I see celebrity worship big-time. They are so pumped full of sunshine that nothing he does (including choking a grandmother to death on national TV) would deter them. They are a scary lot.

      Many so-called conservatives who have been screaming for a conservative candidate for decades have cast their lot with Trump who is NOT a conservative and throwing stones at Ted Cruz who IS a real conservative. This is true of some of our blogging friends as I’m sure you know.


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