I think we can all agree that the last few years have been exhausting and that there’s really not one single factor you can point to as the “most” exhausting part of it, other than just a general “Donald Trump is the President” kind of sentiment. But certainly one of the things that has most contributed to making every day since January 20, 2017 the kind of chore you go to bed dreading is the constant lying — and the constant repetition of those same lies over and over.
We could point you to the Washington Post Fact Checker, which has Trump at well over 10,000 documented and provable lies so far in his presidency, or just to his Twitter, where you can read at least three or four laughably false statements every day:
Will Jerry Nadler ever look into the fact that Crooked Hillary deleted and acid washed 33,000 emails AFTER getting a most powerful demand notice for them from Congress?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2019
Today’s funniest lie on Trump’s Twitter account
But they do get old, especially the ones he REALLY won’t give up on, like the size of his inaugural crowd, or paying off porn stars, or mysterious trucks with abducted women tied up and duct-taped in the back crossing the Mexican border that no one has ever seen except in the movie Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado.
And the reasons for not releasing his tax returns. God, so many times, he’s lied about being under audit, or said that voters elected him without him releasing them so they must have meant for him not to, or again with the audit thing — look, dude, we know you don’t want to release them, and your lapdog Steven Mnuchin is doing a bang-up job of trying to force the issue into court before he’ll give you up.
But some things, when Trump tries to speak off the cuff, end up not being as exhausting as the rest of the lies. They end up being downright hilarious.
That’s exactly what happened in a sort of two-part lie back in February of 2016, in the thick of the campaign to become the Republican nominee. You sort of expect candidates to say whatever they think will work on whichever voters they’re trying to appeal to at the time. But hearing Donald Trump say, during a debate near the end of that month, that the audits “keeping” him from releasing his tax returns happened so frequently because of his religion is just too funny for words:
But the one problem I have is that I’m always audited by the IRS, which I think is very unfair. I don’t know, maybe because of religion, maybe because I’m doing something else, maybe because I’m doing this, although this is just recently.”
After the debate, CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked him what he meant by that, and he made it, impossibly, even funnier:
Well maybe because of the fact that I’m a strong Christian, and I feel strongly about it. And maybe there’s a bias.”
Okay, big guy. God said not to release your taxes, and we all know what a “strong Christian” you are, with your porn star and centerfold affairs. We’ll get them eventually.
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