US President Trump is a genius in getting himself into trouble. He does that to get free coverage to inform his fan club all day long.
Besides, the more he is criticized by the political establishment, the higher his fans think of him, dreaming that he represents their hatred against the political world that abandoned them.
On top of that, his untruthfulness provides good material for comedy shows, so maybe they pay him (Comedy Gate is not yet investigated).
Some of his blundering grab of free publicity, however, might be accidental. He’s not too careful, as that costs too much time and time is money. Mistakes always can be cleaned up, if needed, or so he believes.
A good example of this tactic is his false moral equivalence – equalizing things that are morally different.
He’s sinned against truth this way a couple of times already:
1. Trump compare Putin and Obama – worse: he called the first better than the last. One is a dictator and the other leader of the free world.
2. Most famously, he said about a Nazi march and a counter demonstration: “There were very fine people on both sides.” There were zero very fine people in the Nazi march.
3. Just in, he remarked about Roy Moore and his accusers accusing him of being creepy around teenage girls: “He totally denies it and you have to listen to him also.” I believe the accusers since he’s not been accused of being overly interested in teenage boys or grown women, and since he said that he never dated any girl without their mothers’ permission. Of course, accusing always asks courage; denial not – if one is innocent!
4. When accused himself, Trump often deflects the attention by accusing his opponents “being worse.” This too is a form of false moral equivalence. The issue isn’t what others did when he’s under public scrutiny.
We need simpler words to denounce this “applying single standards,” “comparing apples and oranges,” “comparing chalk and cheese.” What would be more accessible words to describe these fake incomparables, disparates, incommensurables? What could be easier words to condemning this form of falsehood?
Maybe we could say: This is a dishonest comparison. Or maybe: He makes things sound the same that aren’t because ….