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A fitting epitaph for the tombstone of our present president would be: “Here Lies Donald Trump… Still Lying.”

Never has one president hurled such big lies with such force in such a short time. The Washington Post keeps count, reporting that so far, in his first 738 days in office, Trump has uttered more than 8,158 falsehoods—averaging more than 11 a day! Check out some on his favorite topic: The Wall.

The U.S. is being "invaded” by dangerous “aliens” crossing the Mexican border illegally and creating a “National Security crisis,” he screeches. FACTS: Illegal immigration across the border is at a 50-year low. The migrants now crossing are mostly Central American women and children fleeing abuse, repression and abject poverty back home, and they’re legally seeking asylum here.

Still, Trump recently flew to the border city of McAllen, Texas, to dramatize the need for “a big beautiful wall” to cut the crime rate and “stop heroin” from entering. FACTS: Today’s crime rate in McAllen is the lowest in 34 years, and Trump’s own drug agency reports that nearly all heroin enters by smuggling it in trucks, etc. that go right through inspection stations. A wall won't stop that.

But, he declared, “Mexico is going to pay for the wall.” FACT: Not a prayer. So, The Donald now claims, “obviously I never said this, and I never meant they’re going to write out a check.” FACT: He did say just that, many times, so, he’s lately been trying a double back-flip lie, claiming that his new NAFTA deal with Mexico requires it to pay up. FACT: No such language exists—and if it did, why would he still be demanding that you and I pay for his boondoggle?

It’s not simply that Trump lies, but that his presidency is a lie, dependent on his self-deceptions and his pitiful attempts to deceive us.

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Populist author, public speaker and radio commentator Jim Hightower writes The Hightower Lowdown, a monthly newsletter chronicling the ongoing fights by America’s ordinary people against rule by plutocratic elites. Sign up at www.hightowerlowdown.org.

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