Here’s why media outlets like The Washington Post are so important.
According to The Post’s Fact Checker (29 April 2019), “President Trump has made more than 10,000 false or misleading claims”. For the first time in history, a running tab is being kept on the utterances of a nation’s president. The story reads:
“It took President Trump 601 days to top 5,000 false and misleading claims in The Fact Checker’s database, an average of eight claims a day.
But on April 26, just 226 days later, the president crossed the 10,000 mark — an average of nearly 23 claims a day in this seven-month period, which included the many rallies he held before the midterm elections, the partial government shutdown over his promised border wall and the release of the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the presidential election.”
“About one-fifth of the president’s claims are about immigration issues, a percentage that has grown since the government shutdown over funding for his promised border wall. In fact, his most repeated claim – 160 times – is that his border wall is being built. Congress balked at funding the concrete wall he envisioned, and so he has tried to pitch bollard fencing and repairs of existing barriers as ‘a wall’.”
“Trump’s campaign rallies continue to be a rich source of misstatements and falsehoods, accounting for about 22 percent of the total.”
Admittedly, there have been many lying politicians before Trump, and more than one or two in the White House, but not on this scale, which is one reason why Trump’s state visit to the disUnited Kingdom should be cancelled.
Of course, we might be skating on thin ice. There is a case for allowing Trump to give a taste of their own medicine to all those Brexiteers in the House of Commons who have persistently misled and deceived the nation about the European Union’s plans to annex the country and turn it into a holiday camp for refugees, migrants, and welfare spongers.
If Trump does turn up, the Queen could give him the cold shoulder (literally) at the state banquet. And there is a good chance that Prince Philip will so far forget himself as to vent his feelings about damn Yankees and the fact that they turned up late for two world wars. That would be worth hearing. And who knows that the Duke won’t mistake Melania for a Navy sea cadet and blithely ask: “Do you work in a strip club?”
Why should Britain put up with the disruption and why should tax-payers shoulder the security bill for a visit by a man who is a proven liar, manipulator, and braggart who dishonours the office he holds?
If democracy means anything, it is the right to protest publicly against the misguided decisions of political leaders. Let Trump stay in America. He is no more wanted in Britain than he is over there.