The Deadly D’s: Diversion, Deception, Dishonesty, Donald.
By Madeleine Cull
To feel the necessity of bringing to light the threat that a presidential administration’s incessant use of diversion poses to our country is disconcerting. In the twenty-two days that Trump has been in office there have been a subsequent twenty-two days that his administration has had to scramble to combat and somehow find a way to excuse something either unintelligent, unpresidential, or blatantly untrue that Trump has said (or tweeted) the day before.
After watching CNN’s Jake Tapper’s recent interview with Trump’s “advisor”, Kellyanne Conway (*Con-job), I began to realize that the administration’s pattern of diversion and deception is apparently here to stay. Throughout the almost thirty minute interview, Kellyanne repeatedly avoids every question Tapper asks her and instead answers a question that wasn’t asked at all. Her skillful, almost artful, way of making it seem like she has in-fact responded directly to whatever was asked is dangerous. Among the multitude of topics that Tapper attempts to address in the interview, the one that Kellyanne diverts most bluntly is the the topic of Trump’s recent claim that the media does not cover terrorist attacks; inferring that they have some sort of motive in doing so.
During his 2/6 visit to the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Trump stated, “Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland, as they did on 9/11, as they did from Boston to Orlando to San Bernardino and all across Europe… It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported, and in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it.”
When asked by the press which exact terrorist attacks Trump was referring to, Sean Spicer, Trump’s press secretary, was unable to name any off the top of his head and said a list would be provided later. The White House then released a list of 78 attacks (or “attaks” asa the White House referred to them.) Among the list were the highly publicized Orlando Pulse nightclub attack, San Bernardino, the Paris attack, Brussels, and the Nice, France attack. For the president to claim that these events weren’t covered is absurd and a flat-out lie. Almost all of the others on the list were covered by major news outlets and the very few that weren’t had low casualties. On the same day as his false accusations, Trump tweeted, “Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.” To be clear, CNN, ABC, and NBC are highly-credible news sources that work diligently to keep the public informed. (ps: under the Obama administration, extreme vetting was already in place.)
Tapper then pressed Kellyanne to explain why Trump as well as other members of his administration continue to fragrantly lie with no acknowledgement of the falsities. As well as no ability to admit wrongdoing. Sticking to her modus operandi, Kellyanne spins the story into nonsense and the issue gets so entangled into a giant web of fragmented sentences that the public forgets what issue was being addressed to begin with.
The danger doesn’t lie solely in this one incident, however, the frequency of this behavior is what is most concerning. This habitually occurs in nearly every interview or statement made by nearly every member of the administration. To those who support Trump and are unable to see through the trickery, this form of deception enables the supporters to blindly trust Trump and the administration. Which, they should be able to do!!
We should be able to, without a doubt, listen to our PRESIDENT speak and know that they are being honest with us; know that they are not misleading us.
It is unclear to me whether or not Trump and his administration are purposefully misleading the public for their own personal motives or if they genuinely are so removed from reality that their delusion has taken ahold of them. Either way, the subterfuge is a breeding ground for confusion and misinformation that takes away from what is really happening. Through Trump’s daily tweet chaos, we are being distracted from what is actually being implemented, policy wise. And what is actually happening is detrimental to our country and as a whole; to the respect we once had, to our relations with the rest of the world, to morality, to our safety, to intelligence, to critical thought, to compassion, to the Earth and to humanity.
If you think I’m being an overzealous, bleeding-heart, liberal; you’re right. And I’m damn proud of it. I urge you to get on board. The literal definition of liberal is, “someone concerned mainly with broadening a person’s general knowledge and experience” also defined as being, “open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values.” How anyone can be offended by these philosophies is beyond me.
Regardless of your political affiliation, I find it crucial that we all find a way to come together. To recognize the dangers our country and are world are in as a result of the instability of the Trump administration. This is not a game. This is life or death for some people. This is SO much bigger than we can even grasp. Let’s not let it get even bigger.
Like I’ve said before and will stress again, our commonality is our humanity. Let us stop jeopardizing that.