Dear Trump Supporters: You’re Being Manipulated By A Compulsive Liar

When people say they support Donald Trump because he’s honest, one has to sit back and think about the sheer ignorance of that statement. What exactly is he honest about? Are you talking policy wise, or are you talking about his racism, sexism, egotistical look-how-rich-I-am attitude?

Probably the latter. Because with the amount of people who may say “He tells it like it is” and “I can’t stand him, but I like what he says,” they likely have no idea what they are talking about.

You see, Donald Trump is a compulsive liar, but he does it with such pizzazz that even a seemingly moderate voter would believe him. He’s lied about unemployment numbers, he’s lied about Obamacare, he’s lied about immigration (his campaign’s center of focus), and he’s lied about taxes. These are all issues that have riled up conservative voters for years, and Trump isn’t the only Republican who lies about these issues.

However, many conservatives are hailing Trump as a breath of fresh-air, when in reality, he’s the exact same as the others, only louder and more offensive.

Politifact, the Pulitzer Prize winning fact-checking website, has “checked” 28 major statements Trump has made since announcing his bid in June. Of those 28 statements, 23 have been rated in one of thee categories: Mostly False, False and Pants on Fire.

That means 82 percent of Trumps “tell-it-like-it-is” statements have been dead wrong.

An example would be his claim that 93 million Americans are out of work and have stopped looking but are still considered employed. That’s a constant talking point from the right – that the government cooks the books on unemployment. Trump of course vastly inflated the number, which is actually 21 million.

Or how about his claim that we are the most highly taxed nation in the world? Conservatives love to complain about how much the people pay in taxes. The Organization for Economic Cooperation ha calculated that the United States actually ranks 16th out of the top 29 industrialized nations for highest taxation.

So when Trump tries to woo progressive voters with his pledge to raise taxes on the wealthy, remember; he thinks we are already taxed too high so he’s either lying or a hypocrite, he wants to lower the corporate tax rates of too big to fail companies, and even if he were to lower taxes, we still wouldn’t be placed at the bottom of the list.

So while voters rally around his businessman-like approach to the economy, it should be duly noted that his “facts” and positions on economic issues are flawed, vastly inflated, and full of red meat rhetoric that drives the masses.

In other words, he’s acting like a typical politician – he’s exactly like Cruz, Rubio, Bush, Christie and the lot of them, just with a bigger ego. He’s no breath of fresh air. He represents exactly what the GOP stands for – rich, white and full of xenophobia.

Speaking of xenophobia, Trump continues to tap into the anti-immigration conservative mindset by (again) overly inflating his “statistics” and rhetoric. No, Mexico does not send “the bad ones” over. No, there aren’t 34 million illegal immigrants in the United States. It’s actually one-third of that. No, there weren’t five sanctuary cities in Florida under Jeb Bush’s governorship.

Conservatives like Ann Coulter are hailing Trump for bringing the issue of immigration to the forefront. And while immigration should be in the forefront of this election, if you’re going to talk about immigration and how it affects the United States, know what you’re talking about. Inflammatory rhetoric can only get you so far.

Donald Trump is no breath of fresh air. He has the same policies as any of the others, he just says it without a filter. So, congratulations, Trump supporters, you have been manipulated.

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