Why does he do it? As a result of information have all the time been a fungible factor to Trump. He has, all through his life, bent them to suit the narrative he’s telling about himself. For most individuals, getting one thing factually improper — particularly in a public setting — is disconcerting and embarrassing. Trump would not have that gene. Details are no matter he needs them to be. And so they can change, relying on his personal circumstances. He tells himself a narrative of his life wherein he’s all the time the hero, all the time the winner, after which repeats that story again and again. He would not care if goal information get in the best way.
The fact is that a lot of voters — particularly those that voted for Trump — by no means thought he was an trustworthy man. They knew he was mendacity about issues — from the extent of his wealth to his many alleged golf championships to larger points like his conduct with ladies. They did not care. Or, extra precisely, they cared about different issues extra.
2) All politicians lie: Time and time once more in the course of the 2016 marketing campaign, when confronted with Trump’s document of false statements, voters would inform reporters some model of this: Certain, Trump lies. However all politicians lie! A minimum of he is trustworthy about it! Sure, that makes little or no sense — notably as a result of Trump wasn’t trustworthy about all of the occasions he did not inform the reality; he refused to acknowledge them in any respect.
However what voters had been saying — even when they had been saying it in a considerably convoluted means — was that Trump was so completely different, so weirdly clear about his willingness to say something and do something to win that they kind-of believed he was real. Even when they knew he wasn’t, by any conventional commonplace, trustworthy. And that mattered as a result of it differentiated him from the best way folks noticed all different politicians: Liars however so easy at it that you simply by no means knew. At all times attempting to tug the wool over your eyes, to serve you meals they bought from the trash can and inform you it was from a five-star restaurant. Trump’s lies had been so over-the-top, so — in a means — laughable, that individuals discovered (and discover) them endearing in an eye-roll-y, did-you-hear-what-he-said? means.
3) Many individuals do not belief the media: Trump did not create mistrust within the media. In 2016, simply 32% of individuals informed Gallup that they thought the media reported the information “absolutely, precisely and pretty.” (That quantity, in late 2018, had risen again to 45%.) What Trump did do is weaponize the lingering mistrust in methods we have by no means seen earlier than. “Pretend information” has develop into ubiquitous within the tradition — as an ironic punchline for some, positive, however nonetheless ubiquitous.
The rise of Fox Information — and its near-monopoly on conservative mind-share within the nation — has dovetailed with Trump’s ascent and created each a political and financial mannequin by which convincing those that the media is not simply unfair however is purposely not telling the reality is monetized for achieve. The place we’re on this nation is that if somebody at CNN says the sky is blue, an enormous chunk of Trump supporters will shout “pretend information” whereas high-fiving. They enjoy the concept the mainstream media is completely obsessive about Trump, affected by a extreme case of TDS (“Trump Derangement Syndrome”). They do not even have interaction with the information as a result of these “information” are coming from a messenger (the media) that they consider is dismissive of their lifestyle and their beliefs and can do something — together with mendacity concerning the fact — to perform some set of pie-in-the-sky liberal targets.