Once again, the president has told a blatant lie that is easily proven false while on national television, and it’s causing more damage than you think.
If you took a look at any major news site yesterday, you would have seen headlines like “Donald Trump’s Lies: 3 theories on why they don’t seem to faze him,” or “Trump can get away with lying because he’s so loud about it.”
They may seem innocent enough, and even relevant, but the narrative they create is both insidious and terribly dangerous.
Even as the president was lying on national television about where his father was born and claiming that windmills cause cancer, it was becoming readily apparent that he had overturned no less than 25 security clearances against recommendations of career officials.
The president apparently directed a number of his senior officials to overturn security clearance denials despite “serious disqualifying issues” for at least 25 individuals, including his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.
The House Oversight Committee has voted to subpoena Carl Kline, who worked as the White House personnel security director and is accused of allowing the denials to be overturned.
But thanks to the president’s ridiculous lies have the media so distracted that chances are you may not have even heard about the revelation or the subpoena.
And this is the danger, the true danger, of Trump’s lies.
Yes, they damage our credibility as a nation, and yes, they’ve decimated the respectability of the office of the president of the United States, but more than anything, it has stirred society and the media into such a frenzy that we are no longer paying attention to what’s happening in between his lies and Twitter tantrums.
But instead of focusing on these blatant security breaches, something that has cost candidates entire elections (hello, Ms. Clinton), we are talking about why the president of the United States can apparently lie about anything and everything without any consequence.
“People are—you know, folks are suggesting that we are conducting foreign relations with folks with security clearances via WhatsApp. I mean, every day that we go on without getting to the bottom of this matter is a day that we are putting hundreds, if not potentially thousands, of Americans at risk. I mean, really, what is next? Putting nuclear codes in Instagram DMs? This is ridiculous! We need to get to the bottom of this. And in order to do that, we have to issue subpoenas, because people in this administration are not cooperating.”Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez