Donald Trump sometimes says things that I agree with. He is opposed to the odious Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement and other corporate free trade deals. He thinks the invasions of Iraq and Libya were big mistakes. He doesn’t see any reason for the United States to pick fights with Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
But being familiar with his record, I am convinced that the only thing I can count on Trump to do or say is whatever he thinks is in his interest at the time.
His ever-changing views represent a way of thinking that some call postmodernism, and others by a less polite name. It is not lying, because a liar knows there is a difference between truth and falsehood. It is saying what is expedient at the time without giving thought to what’s true and what’s false.
I link below to two good articles that capture what bothers me about Trump. Unfortunately I don’t think Trump is unique in his attitude toward truth and consistency, although he is more obvious and extreme than most.
The Magic of Donald Trump by Mark Danner for the New York Review of Books.
Trump, Truth and the Power of Contradiction by Michael Lynch for the New York Times. (Hat tip to my expatriate pen pal Jack).
President Chauncey Gardiner: ‘Being There’ at the Bait and Switch by Beverly Mann for Angry Bear [added 5/13/2016]