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LIES, DAMN LIES AND TRUMP

The Republican nominee can’t run from his testimony under oath. But he should

THE SCOOP

@kurteichenwald

DONALD TRUMP committed perjury. Or he looked into the faces of the Republican faithful and knowingly lied. There is no third option.

It has become an accepted reality of this presidential campaign that Trump spins a near-endless series of falsehoods. For months, the media has struggled with this unprecedented situation—a candidate who, unlike other politicians who stretch the truth, simply creates his own reality. Trumps regularly peddles “facts” that aren’t true, describes events that never happened or denies engaging in actions that everyone saw him do. He utters his falsehoods so fast that before reporters have the chance to correct one, he has tossed out five or six more.

This time, it is different. Trump can’t skip past his perfidy here. There are two records— one, a previously undisclosed deposition of the Republican nominee testifying under oath; the second, a video transcript of a Republican presidential debate. In them, Trump tells contradictory versions of the same story, with the clashing accounts tailored to provide what he wanted people to believe when he was speaking.

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