This week Donald Trump displayed the key characteristic of chronic liars - they embellish their story with far too much detail.
This is not a new phenomenon for this man, it is his modus operandi. He regularly uses the same technique so often used by real estate agents and used car salespeople - bullshit, bullshit and bullshit some more.
In this instance, it also displays his historical and mathematical ignorance and the ignorance of the interviewer on FOX News who was unwilling or unable to pick him up on it.
What did the buffoon Trump say?
He was talking about the agreement with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un to return the remains of American combatants from North Korea.
A worthy endeavour. One which the relatives and friends of the dead would greatly appreciate, not to mention the US nation at large.
To sell the agreement - as if it needed any, as it's self sold - he carries on with this bullshit:
“And we have thousands of people that have asked for that [the return of the remains], thousands and thousands of people. So many people asked when I was on the campaign, I’d say ‘Wait a minute, I don’t have any relationship…’, but they said, ‘When you can President, we’d love our son to be brought back home’. You know the remains."
1. Thousands and thousands of people came up to him and asked for the return of Korean War dead? Seriously? Thousands and thousands?
2. These people addressed him as "President" when he was on the campaign trail - he was a candidate, not the President.
3. This is the most damning by far - he stated these 'thousands and thousands of people' said, "We'd love our son to be brought back home."
He is claiming the PARENTS of Korean War veterans are asking for this.
Now let's do the maths:
The Korean War ended in 1953
The youngest service person would've been 18 years old in 1953
That means they would've been born in 1935 (1953 - 18)
The youngest age that the parents of the said soldier could've been at the birth of this soldier would've also been 18
This means the parents would've been born in 1917
That would make them at the very least 101 years of age right now...and a more likely scenario is that parents of Korean War combatants would be well over 110 years old.
So, yes, of course it makes perfect sense that thousands and thousands of centenarians clamoured to Trump's campaign rallies to ask him to reach an agreement with the North Korean Dictator.
Why does this matter?
Because it goes to character.
Consider if Malcolm Turnbull had tried to pull that rubbish? How do you think it would've been received?
Of course, Trump's camp of sycophants and genuflectors (including in Australia) won't care a jot ...but that doesn't make it acceptable.
It needs to be called out and exposed at every turn.