Remember the Access Hollywood tapes that were shown on TV six weeks before Donald Trump was elected as the U.S. president? It showed Billy Bush and Donald Trump having a conversation about “The Apprentice” TV program that helped make Trump into a national celebrity. During that taping, Trump spoke about women to the show’s producer, Billy Bush, “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” such as kissing them without their approval and grabbing their genitals.
When I saw that, I thought like many Americans did that Trump’s chances to win the presidency had just sunk so low that it would be nearly impossible for him to win. But his wife Melania right afterwards came out publicly and blew it off as “locker room talk.” It seems a lot more voters than I would have thought accepted that remark so that the episode did not affect their voting.
One year after Trump took the Oval Office, Bush appeared on comedian Bill Mahar’s “Real Time” television talk show. Bush told Mahar concerning Trump’s view of The Apprentice, “He’d been saying it’s No. 1 forever and finally, I’d had enough, I told him, ‘Wait a minute, you haven’t been No. 1 for like five years — not in any category, not in any demo.'”
Bush added about Trump, “Later, when the cameras were off, he said, ‘Billy, look, you just tell them and they believe it. That’s it: you just tell them and they believe. They just do.'” That’s Trump’s philosophy about lying.
It’s the oldest trick in The Book. The book of Genesis in the Bible narrates, “Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God say, “You shall not eat from any tree in the garden”?’ The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, “You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.”‘ But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil'” (Genesis 3.1-5 NRSV).
The last book in the Bible, the book of Revelation, tells us more about the identity of this serpent. It says, “The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world” (Revelation 12.9).
Satan is the greatest con artist of all time, and Donald Trump follows in his footsteps. Jesus once said to his unbelieving interlocutors, “You are from your father the devil, and you choose to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8.44).
Donald Trump chooses to lie all the time. According to both Fact Checker and The Washington Post newspaper, Donald Trump as the U.S. president through July this year has lied or made misleading statements over 20,000 times. America, is that who we want as our president? We can change that on November 3rd.