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Sat Dec 21, 2019, 05:00 PM

18. Needed when the object is to raise false suspicions in the public mind.

In Trump’s World of Big Lies, all that’s needed for information success is to plant the first idea (lie). Let the innocent accused spend their time trying to straighten things out. And no matter how much truth is applied, for too many of the Trump believers, the Big Lie is what they’ll always remember and spread.





“Read the Transcript” is Trump’s Big Lie

Breaking down the classic propaganda technique at the heart of Trump’s impeachment defense


Nicholas Grossman
Arc Digital, Nov. 12, 2019

In Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler coined the term “the Big Lie,” noting that people are, somewhat paradoxically, more likely to believe more blatant falsehoods, especially about consequential topics. The “masses,” he wrote:

more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.

It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation.


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Retaining one’s integrity while standing up for abuse of power isn’t easy, and most of the defenses are weak.

The whistleblower’s account was second hand.
Yes, but officials with first-hand knowledge have confirmed it.

There was no quid-pro-quo.
There obviously was, and officials have testified to it.

Trump is too dumb to execute a quid-pro-quo.
He’s not, and even if he were, the Constitution does not say “abuse of power is okay if the president is incompetent.”

Trump just cares so deeply about fighting international corruption.
Ukraine is the only country where he’s shown interest in the topic, and the only things he asked for were falsely exonerating Russia and manufacturing an investigation into his political rival.

What about some other thing some other politician did some other time?
Irrelevant.

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By imploring people to “read the transcript,” Trump is gambling that his followers won’t actually read it and think for themselves. His backers in Congress and the media might, but they’re all-in, so they’ll lie about it. Voters who don’t read the transcript will believe what Trump and Trumpist media claim it says — at least enough voters to make Congressional Republicans fear crossing their base.

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https://arcdigital.media/read-the-transcript-is-trumps-big-lie-e0664b3e3349



Democracy requires Truth. Tyranny, not so much.

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