How Trump can claim he doesn’t mean what he says.

Published June 19, 2016 by wallacedarwin

Truth is simply not a part of the Trump reality. Politifact foundthat 76 percent of the 77 statements it analyzed from Donald Trump were either mostly false, false, or “pants on fire” false. But he doesn’t want that to worry you a bit.

So Trump’s word meaning denial toolkit is almost bottomless: When asked how he could possibly make vulgar, euphemistic references to his hand size at a GOP debate, his defense was that he was “only [making] a joke about my hands.” When asked how he could make grotesque references to Megyn Kelly’s menstrual cycle, he replied by saying, “Only a deviant would think that.” Having promised to pay the legal fees of a supporter who violently assaulted someone at one of his rallies, Trump denied having said it. Having mocked a disabled reporter on video, he now insists he was miming some kind of one-armed groveling.

This goes far beyond the routine insults and slurs however. It goes to the words he uses to describe his fundamental policy positions. After calling for a “total and complete” ban on letting Muslim immigrants into the United States, he changed his stance,saying that the ban was “just a suggestion.” Less than 24 hours after saying that, as president, he would order servicemen to murder the families of terrorists or engage in illegal torture, he issued a statement clarifying, “I will not order a military officer to disobey the law.” Immediately after House Speaker Paul Ryan called Trump’s comments about the Mexican heritage of that judge in his Trump University case the“textbook definition of a racist comment” —Trump issued a statement to claim that his comments had been “misconstrued.” After stating thatwomen who have abortions should be punished, he simply claimed that the statement meant that the doctors who provide the abortions should be punished. Later, he said he was only answering that original question “in theory” and that this “was an unbelievable academic answer.”

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6/19/16

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2016/06/how_trump_can_claim_he_doesn_t_mean_what_he_says.html

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