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Why Does the Trump Administration Feel the Need to Lie?

WHEN: January 24, 2017.

From Vox.com

TITLE: Spicergate, explained: the controversy about Trump’s press secretary and crowd size.

SOURCE

WHO: Sean Spicer, press secretary of Trump’s administration

SUMMARIZE: President Donald Trump’s Press Secretary, Sean Spicer reported that on Monday January 20th “was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.  Noth in person and around the globe.”  This statement was a problem because both accounts can easily be disproven.  Media around the world provided mountains of evidence disproving Spicer’s claim.  Two days later, when Spicer was pressed to comment on his lie, he lie again and said he never claimed Trump has the largest audience, even though his initial comments were made on live television.  All evidence points to President Trump forcing Spicer to make the initial claim, which has many citizens and politicians worried about Trump’s willingness to break truth and facts to support his own agenda and ego.

FOUR FACTS:

  1. Sean Spicer claimed Trump had the largest inauguration in history, which is an absolute lie.
  2. President Trump is willing to lie to support his agenda.

    From Vox.com
  3. President Obama’s first inauguration had more than 1 million more people in attendance.
  4. The media held Press Secretary Spicer accountable for his claims.

WHERE: The Mall, Washington D.C.

IDEOLOGY: I can believe that some republicans would argue that this article is left leaning because it refutes claims made by a republican president’s administration, but the article provides many data points and a plethora of evidence supporting their position.

HOW DO I FEEL: Personally, I am quite worried about the future of the United States cannot trust what our president’s administration is stating.  If Sean Spicer is willing to lie about something that is so easily refuted, how can I trust what he has to say about diplomatic or foreign issues involving sensitive data and information.  I wonder how he would have reported 9/11 or the Iraq war?  At what lengths is he willing to go to keep the president happy?

HOW DOES THIS AFFECT ME: Matters of the White House affect every American citizen, especially when trust comes into play.  American Citizens hope that their politicians will do everything in the interest of their constituents.  In this particular case, our president appears to only be interested in his own standing, power, and prestige.  If he is willing to lie about such mundane and easily refutable facts, how can I trust he will listen to the problems of our country and interpret them correctly to take effective action?

ANALYSIS: I cannot find any bias.  The entire article’s position is supported by evidence and facts.  The author does a great job of providing a position without sharing his personal opinion.

US President Donald Trump meets with Union leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, January 23, 2017. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

SIGNIFICANCE: The first time President Trump’s Press Secretary addresses the American people he lies directly to all of our faces.  The press secretary never speaks on his own behalf, which means Trump told Spicer to spread lies to the media and to the American people.

CONNECT TO CLASS: This class is attempting to give all students an ability to read and understand the world around us.  President Trump is the face of our nation, and this doesn’t appear to be a very good start.