Donald Trump Accidentally Admits the Truth About His Disinformation Strategy

If you listen to Donald Trump long enough, he will reveal all his secrets. In his July 3 speech in Sarasota, Florida: “If you say it enough and keep saying it, they’ll start to believe you.”

Trump was referring to the alleged disinformation strategy he and other Republicans are using. However, that phrase expresses everything about his approach to the presidency and life in general.

In his entire career in business and politics, Trump has applied exaggeration, half-truths, and outright lies to make himself look good.

Before entering politics, he wrote books riddled with quotes espousing the merits of inventing a reality and then repeating it until others believe it.

“I play to people’s fantasies,” he wrote in “The Art of the Deal.” “People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole.”

“If you admit defeat, then you will be defeated,” Trump wrote in “Think Big.”

Trump, predictably, maintained this behavior once he assumed the presidency.

“Don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news,” Trump told a VFW group in 2018. “What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”

However, Trump’s blueprint is proven effective.

Despite the absence of any evidence of massive election fraud in the 2020 election, a majority (53 percent) of Republicans believed in a late May Reuters/Ipsos national poll that President Joe Biden’s victory was “the result of illegal voting or election rigging.” Over six in ten Republicans (61 percent) agreed with the notion that Trump’s election was “stolen from Donald Trump.”

Isolated in news bubbles and social circles that only discuss their ideas and “facts,” a sizable portion of Republican supporters have been convinced that the election was rigged in some way, partly because Trump told them so.

Taking advantage of the faith people place in you, as well as their limited news consumption, is, of course, profoundly irresponsible. Additionally, this is the polar opposite of what it means to be a leader.

However, for Trump, “winning” is the sole objective – and the sole standard by which he wishes to be measured. The truth and its consequences are secondary.