Yes – Trump is a pathological liar but he’s also the first US president to call Ted Cruz a liar- the first to admit that the Saudis were likely behind 9/11 – the first to admit that the Saudi royals can kill a lot of journalists but that the US will still do business with them because they buy a lot of American bombs – that Nancy Pelosi blew a chance to impeach Bush – that pharma and defense contractors rip off the American public- that politicians are for sale to their political donors – that Vladimir Putin doesn’t have a monopoly on political assassination (and that the US is hardly innocent on this score) and that going into Iraq was a ‘big – fat – mistake’.
But as preposterous as it sounds there’s a case to be made that he’s simultaneously America’s most honest president.
Every now and then – in the midst of his unending eruption of prevarication – Trump will blurt out the truth about the United States in a way that no normal politician ever has.
Most recently when asked whether he would consider sanctioning Saudi Arabia for its Mafia-like murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi – Trump was hesitant.
‘Because they are ordering military equipment.
Everybody in the world wanted that order.
Russia wanted it – China wanted it – we wanted it.
We got it. …
Boeing – Lockheed – Raytheon … I don’t wanna lose an order like that’.