Delusions, Nonsense, Lies

No upside when that’s the entire show

Richard Turcotte
6 min readMay 2


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I do not often turn to The National Review to reinforce my political, social, and cultural views. Notwithstanding, the conservative publication does produce a fair amount of well-reasoned observations about the state of America’s political conflict. Some of its writers are not bashful about offering pointed criticism at Republican Party figures who cross whatever lines still exist for decorum and respect for American democracy.

Recently, writer and lawyer Dan McLaughlin offered a particularly astute set of observations about Donald Trump’s candidacy, behavior, motivations, and the concerns that flow from his dysfunctional character.

In discussing Trump’s attacks on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, McLaughlin noted that one result stemming from the largely made-up criticisms and imaginary outcomes should DeSantis prevail is that Trump is essentially asking supporters to side with policies and principles typically assigned to Democratic Party officials and candidates. Pointedly, in referencing the specific nonsense spouted by Trump, McLaughlin then noted that none of it:

[I]s intended to be treated as an assertion of any fact that is capable of being proven true or false.

To the contrary, the falsity is the point. Trump knows perfectly well that his ‘misery and despair’ portrait of Florida is false. He knows perfectly well that the audience for this statement knows it, too.

That begs an obvious question whose answer seems to be conveniently overlooked if not denied entirely by far too many Trump loyalists: If Trump has to lie so much, so often, and in such cartoonishly grandiose displays to make his case, what does that say about his case for electability to begin with? It certainly doesn’t instill any confidence in his ability to actually govern — not that we don’t already have plenty of examples as is.

Right on the heels of that inquiry: What benefits do supporters assume will flow to them when their candidate of choice lies and (in Trump’s case) does so almost every time he opens his mouth? Surely they don’t believe he’s lying for their benefit!

Supporters can choose to ignore, or downplay, or engage in any number of whatabout-isms to make…



Richard Turcotte

Partisanship has no good ending. I’d like to do my part to change that. A better future is a choice.