Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Trump’s the art of the lie

Here is a new 5-minute clip of Trump at a recent book interview. It shows many of his dishonesty tactics. Yet, the senior CNN anchor presenting it didn’t understand the first thing about it. He calls it a drunk rambling. He assumes that Trump was believing what he was saying. Of course not! A con artist and thief doesn’t need to believe his own claims and lies.

Honest people must study this tape to understand what we’re up against here. To ditch this as mere ramblings denies the reality that these tactics create millions of naive followers, loyal to him, and believing in him.

First of all, he throws up a lot of short statements to obscure the question.

Some of the statements are the direct opposite of the truth. Not a little variation on the truth, but blatant lies. As when a Nazi would claim that actually, the Jews threatened Germans with extermination during WW II.

Then he throws in claims that his alternative facts are all very well documented. But of course, he doesn’t bring any proof. Just claims.

This is spoken very fast, with passion, with a hint of righteous indignation. That’s not because he was drunk but because he needs to hide his real feelings, that he finds it hilarious that anyone still believes him.

But, when he is surprised by a question, he starts off speaking slowly. He throws in words like ‘perhaps’ to make believe he’s trying to be reasonable, while he’s just playing for time to make it up as he speaks. His tone, though, doesn’t change. It’s one of confidence. How could someone so confident be lying? Well, he had decades of practice.

He spews out a cascade of many broken sentences to overwhelm you. That makes it harder to quote him. He doesn’t paint a Vermeer, in which you can see the most minute details on the canvas. He paints a Monet, lots of large dots that must give an impression without anything too concrete.

Then — he’s not a lazy liar — he throws in exaggerations (the largest crowd ever I spoke to). This must boost his stature. Again, this is not some self-delusion. This is advertising himself. And it works.

When he would need to defend himself in court, before a judge, he’d go down like a meteorite. But, he’s not standing trial (yet). He’s in the court of public opinion. And there, he scones big wins all the time.

As I wrote recently, rather than to point out lies, opponents need to point out who will profit from these lies and who’s going to get hurt by them.

Watching this clip is very worthwhile too:

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500th blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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