Below, is an edited version of a letter I forwarded to the USA Today which they graciously improved and used in their Weekend Edition.
“President Donald Trump is a talented person.
It consistently amazes me how the most untruthful president (including Richard Nixon) in my memory can convince his followers that everyone else is lying about him.
His biographers have noted the president has a problem with the truth.
So, on any issue about which Trump denigrates critics saying they are lying, Americans should dig further.
As an independent, I don’t mind people being more conservative or progressive than me on various issues.
What I do mind is when politicians lie or forget what they said earlier pretending as if it never happened.
That practice is especially bad when the person doing it is our president.”
What I found interesting is in the same section of the USA Today, the front page said the two people arrested for campaign finance fraud had dinner in the White House. Why is that important? The president said he did not know these people the day before.
The climate of untruthfulness has become more untethered with the departure of more reasonable voices and as the president has painted himself into a corner with rash decisions and inappropriate actions. His lying as a means of defense seems to have ratcheted up. It will only get worse as more people testify.