Rick Jensen, 3/4/2016 [Archive]

Donald Trump, the Great Communicator

By Rick Jensen

Donald Trump has some extraordinary communication skills.

He is awesome at calling other people liars while lying about his lies. It doesn't matter that Trump calls a reporter who humiliated him in one of his many failed frivolous lawsuits a "loser."

Or that he "doesn't know" David Duke and the KKK.

He knew Duke by name in 2000, telling reporter Matt Lauer he was leaving the Reform Party because "David Duke just joined — a bigot, a racist, a problem. I mean, this is not exactly the people you want in your party."

Trump supporters seem to take his falsehoods at face value, much like Barack Obama's followers took his many falsehoods as truths.

Trump's unresearched tweets, retweets and subsequent clumsy excuses are the stuff of some school kid who got caught cheating from a classmate's paper... poorly.

He personally retweeted a fake quote put on Twitter for the sole purpose of trolling him for a retweet.He was hooked in less time than it took Iran to sucker John Kerry into allowing them to develop nuclear weapons.

Liberals at Gawker simply tweeted quotes by fascist Benito Mussolini along with "@realDonaldTrump" to troll him to retweet the quotes. The name of the Twitter account was obviously a prank, using Mussolini's nickname, Il Duce, as in @IlDuce2016.

The bait: "It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep."

The fish bit.

Hook still dangling from his salmon-like lips, Trump explained his ineptitude, telling Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press," "Chuck, it's OK to know it's Mussolini. Look, Mussolini was Mussolini. It's OK to — it's a very good quote, it's a very interesting quote, and I know it," he said Sunday morning. "I saw it. I saw what — and I know who said it. But what difference does it make whether it's Mussolini or somebody else? It's certainly a very interesting quote."

Sounds like... "At this point, what difference does it make?"

If Trump is this easily reeled in by liberals online, how easy might it be for true geopolitical foes to entrap him?

Trump then tweeted what he thought was a real quote by Mahatma Ghandi, "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

According to many researchers including those at the Christian Science Monitor, this "interesting" quote came from a union organizer in 1918.

Rallying clothing-workers at a convention in Baltimore, Nicholas Klein said, "First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you. And that is what is going to happen to the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America."

It's often been abbreviated and falsely attributed to Ghandi.How would anyone know?

Ask the internet.

Apparently, that's what Trump and his handlers do: they ask the internet and stop their research at the first google result.

While this makes you wonder who actually wrote Donald's papers and took his exams at Wharton, there is a deeper conceit.

His positions on almost every issue important to conservatives have miraculously flipped since choosing to identify as a Republican.

Until recently, that is, when Trump revealed his disdain for the First Amendment, saying he would remove restrictions to allow him to sue any and all media he felt was lying about him.

Keep in mind this is a man who failed to win a $5 billion lawsuit against reporter and author Tim O'Brien.

As for the First Amendment, Trump says, "We're going to open up those libels laws, so that when The New York Times writes a hit piece, which is a total disgrace, or when The Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money."

When James Madison, "The Father of the Constitution," wrote the First Amendment, Trump was exactly the sort of duplicitous politician from whom he wanted to protect U.S. citizens.

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Rick Jensen is Delaware's award-winning conservative talk show host on WDEL, streaming live on WDEL.com from 1pm — 4pm EST. Contact Rick at rick@wdel.com, or follow him on Twitter @Jensen1150WDEL.

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