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He actually said, in Fresno the other day, “There is no drought!” It’s all been cooked up by the environmentalists who want to save an obscure fish and screw the farmers. There’s plenty water, and when he’s president it will flow to the farms again. When he talks to suburbanites, he’ll guarantee that the same water will flow to their lawns.

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Trump and California's Drought: Reality MY Way—John Peeler

Donald Trump has surged to the front in the Republican campaign by systematically saying, in the most provocative way possible, just what his audiences want to hear, with no regard for the truth.

Donald Trump has surged to the front in the Republican campaign by systematically saying, in the most provocative way possible, just what his audiences want to hear, with no regard for the truth. He and his followers may believe that they can create their own reality by an act of will. It’s a pattern: whether on global warming, trade, immigration, crime, terrorism, whatever, he says what his supporters want to be true, and with a sweep of his arms asserts that it will all be better when he’s president. Any evidence to the contrary must be cooked data. It’s the most blatantly cynical fraud ever perpetrated by a major party candidate in this country, and stands with the worst demagoguery in world history.

But to stand before the people of California and deny that the drought is real, to ask them to believe him rather than the evidence of their own eyes, and their own experience, and reams of meteorological data, is that not going too far, even for his own followers? Alas, no. He has built upon a popular rage in some circles that really does believe that an ill-defined Establishment, mostly Democrats and environmentalists, is directly responsible for everything that’s wrong in the country and the world. And The Donald is happy to offer himself as the solution.

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Should he become President, he will only be able to explain his failure to fulfill his promises by continual assaults on whoever stands in his way, whoever he wants to designate as scapegoats. Democrats and liberals, obviously, but also scientific and medical experts, military commanders, Republicans in Congress, judges, serious small-government conservatives, social conservatives, libertarians, any and all could find themselves in his sights if they fail to get in line and salute. He is already doing his best to intimidate and discredit any independent press, including Fox News! And his followers will back him up.

This man is truly dangerous, not because he is an ideologue, but because he has no principles at all. He only believes in himself as a kind of godless Messiah. He is the ultimate salesman who can close the deal by saying what the customer wants to hear, and making the customer believe that he believes what he’s saying. Will enough Americans resist his pitch? Or will we face what the poet William Butler Yeats saw, nearly a century ago:

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And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

John Peeler