On Sept. 7, President Trump woke up in Billings, Mont., flew to Fargo, N.D., visited Sioux Falls, S.D., and eventually returned to Washington. He spoke to reporters on Air Force One, held a pair of fundraisers and was interviewed by three local reporters.
In that single day, he publicly made 125 false or misleading statements — in a period of time that totaled only about 120 minutes. It was a new single-day high. …
Trump’s tsunami of untruths helped push the count in The Fact Checker’s database past 5,000 on the 601st day of his presidency. That’s an average of 8.3 Trumpian claims a day, but in the past nine days — since our last update — the president has averaged 32 [false or misleading] claims a day.
Read that last sentence again: in the last nine days, the rate of lying has increased 400 percent.
The more trouble he gets himself in, the more he lies.
The more he lies, the fewer people believe his lies.
His troubles are growing ever larger.
Accordingly, the velocity of lies will increase even further.
There will come a day when so few people believe him—even among the most deplorable of the Deplorables—that Republican politicians will stop fearing the “Trump base.”
Having ceased to fear the Trump base, Republican politicians will implore Democrats to join in enthroning President Pence.
Democrats will have an interesting choice to make: impeach Trump, or just let him twist slowly, slowly in the wind?
Common sense would tell you that just flinging bullshit in all directions is not, in the final analysis, a winning strategy. Certainly, there are the uneducated, the gullible, the folks desperate to suspend belief and accept Trump as their personal savior.
But insult their intelligence long enough, and they will, slowly and reluctantly, begin to give the wrong answer to the question, Who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?
That’s what common sense would tell us.
No one has repealed the law of cause and effect.
Common sense is right.
Three new polls this morning confirm that this anti-Trump backlash is running strong, with less than two months to go until the midterm elections:
Crucially, these polls all dovetail with the basic story we’ve seen throughout this cycle, which is that Trump has provoked a backlash among minorities, young people and college-educated and suburban whites, especially women — and even seemingly among independents — that has powered Democratic victories in unlikely places. The new polling finds the backlash is running strong among these groups right now: