To tell the truth

Do you remember that old TV show, “To Tell the Truth?” Donald Trump could never have been on that show; he can’t seem to tell the truth. He wouldn’t know the truth if it bit him on the rear.

On May 20, Trump basically called Ted Cruz a liar for saying that he (Trump) was in favor of going into Libya and ousting Muammar Gaddafi.

Said Trump, “I never discussed the subject. I was in favor of Libya?” Trump said incredulously.” He also told Chuck Todd on “Meet The Press” when asked if he would have stayed out of Libya, “Yes I would have stayed out of Libya.”

He’s now berating President Obama and Hillary Clinton for going into Libya. The U.S. military working with NATO spent about $2 billion and several months backing the Libyan uprising against Gaddafi, who had held power for decades. The uprising toppled Gaddafi in August 2011, and rebel forces killed him the following October.

Earlier in 2011, on Trump’s video blog., Trump said, “I can’t believe what our country is doing,” according to a Buzzfeed transcript.

Said Trump, “Gaddafi in Libya is killing thousands of people, nobody knows how bad it is, and we’re sitting around. We have soldiers all over the Middle East and we’re not bringing them in to stop this horrible carnage, and that’s what it is, carnage.”

“You talk about things that have happened in history; this could be the worst,” Trump said. (Is he suggesting it was worse than the holocaust?) He continued: “Now we should go in, we should stop this guy, which would be very easy and very quick. We could do it surgically, stop him from doing it, and save these lives. This is absolutely nuts. We don’t want to get involved and you’re gonna end up with something like you’ve never seen before.”

More: “But we have to go in to save these lives. These people are being slaughtered like animals,” Trump said. “It’s horrible what’s going on; it has to be stopped. We should do it on a humanitarian basis; immediately go into Libya, knock this guy out very quickly, very surgically, very effectively , and save lives.” Trump didn’t just say we should go into Libya, he said it over and over and over, again.

Now it’s election time and Trump says Obama and Hillary were wrong to topple Gaddafi, and he would never have gone into Libya. That’s absolutely incredible, and based on what he said on his blog, it’s a total lie. As I said, he can’t tell the truth. He actually told Chuck Todd the world would be safer with Gaddafi and Saddam in power, and if Assad in Syria was stronger! Is he nuts? Probably..

In the past, Trump singled out Woody Johnson, the heir to a pharmaceutical fortune, owner of the New York Jets and a contributor to Jeb Bush. Trump said he wouldn’t take any money from special interests because If you do you are beholden to them. He said to a crowd; “Do you think Jeb Bush is going to make drug prices competitive?” The crowd roared, “No.”

Now Trump has announced that Johnson will serve as vice-chair of the Trump Victory Fund. The man Trump suggested was a prime example of special interest corruption, is now a major Trump fund-raiser. Talk about special interest; billionaire Sheldon Adelson, reportedly, is setting up a Trump super PAC, which will become Trump‘s main source of campaign funds. When your campaign is broke, as is Trump’s, taking special interest money is just fine and dandy. I wonder to whom Trump will be beholden

He even lies about the smallest things. Do you remember the “Trump” steaks he held up at that press conference? Well Trump steaks ceased to exist as a company long ago. Just another of his failed enterprises. The steaks he held up were store bought. He didn’t even bother to remove the labels! He later admitted to the ruse, publicly, then denied it again. I guess you call this flip-flop lying.

He said Japan should have nuclear weapons. On June 2, he denied saying it — a lie. He said he was always against the Iraq war — a lie. He said Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment — a lie. He claims Obama wasn’t born in this country — a lie. The list goes on forever. He once called Ben Carson a “violent criminal” akin to a “child molester.”

After Carson’s endorsement he called him a man of dignity. Which is the truth?

Glen McAdoo, a Fallon resident, can be contacted at glen@phonewave.net.

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