A Perennial Conundrum, Solved by Aardvark


As you struggle to rid your mind of the image of Donald Trump spanked in his tighty whities, permit me to raise once again the puzzling question posed by this headline: Kaine: Trump is ‘lying’ or ‘delusional’ on DACA.

OK, so which is it, lying or delusional behavior?

For a long time I went with delusional. I now know that was too simple.

Like the Cretan in the paradox, Trump always lies.

But he doesn’t lie cleverly. Instead, he always tries to gaslight you by telling a lie that’s exactly 180 degrees from the truth. In consequence, the public has come to learn that if they want to know the truth, all they have to do is figure out what is the precise opposite of what Don the Con just said.

Prime example last week: the tweet that all the big law firms and high powered lawyers yearn to be his defense counsel. When the truth is that none of them want to work for him.

And, by the way, let me pause to tell you why they won’t work for him. There are many good and sufficient reasons, but here’s the main one. The big law firms depend on hiring a stream of highly intelligent and ambitious law graduates. And highly intelligent law graduates, finishing their legal education in 2018, are not going to work for the law that works for Donald Trump. And the management committee bloody well knows it. Trust me on this one.

We now return to our regularly scheduled program.

It’s reasonably clear now that Don the Con always lies, and a lot of the time he knows he’s lying. His mental disability lies in his failure to gauge the effect of his lying. He believes he is a superhero with the magical power to gaslight the public. But his act has just about run its course.

Seventy-two percent of registered voters now want Mueller to continue his investigation. Eleven percent think Mueller should be fired.

Congressman Costello has figured out that the game is over, the jig is up. Fox News will figure it out some time in the next little while.

And that, of course, will be the moment when Trump starts a war.