The Trump supporter was explaining why she likes him. It went something like, “Well, he does get a little enthusiastic and doesn’t get all his facts straight, but he’s a truth-teller.”
What in the world could she have meant by that? We know that his base are unimpressed by his documented lies and distortions. In the runup to this election the fact checkers have found that he’s been making dozens of false or misleading statements daily. “All politicians do it,” is the usual response.
We’ve come to know Trump as the classic bullshitter: someone who literally doesn’t care whether what they say is true or not. His base seem to be fine with that.
Sometimes there are real head-scratchers. In a recent rally, he charged that Democrats would “obliterate Obamacare”. His people don’t seem to notice: they know what he really meant.
We’ve come to know Trump as the classic bullshitter: someone who literally doesn’t care whether what they say is true or not (see Harry Frankfurt, On Bullshit). His base seem to be fine with that. The supporter I cited above still considers him a “truth-teller.”
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master—that's all.”
The truth is what Donald Trump says—neither more nor less. Facts be damned.
Now, what was it that happened to Humpty Dumpty?