THE BIG LIES

CAL THOMAS

For release: 05/16/23

Trump and the old razzle dazzle

By Cal Thomas

Tribune Content Agency

The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.” – George Carlin

Former president Donald Trump’s appearance at a CNN Republican Town Hall in New Hampshire stretched the truth beyond any standard by which that virtue can be measured.

Trump told more lies in one hour than many politicians tell in their entire careers. There are too many to list in a short column, but here are a few of the lowlights.

Trump said he would end the war between Russia and Ukraine in “24 hours” if he again becomes president, but didn’t say how.

He said he finished the border wall and then contradicted himself. He called CNN host Kaitlan Collins “a nasty person” and then at the end told her she did a “good job.”

Trump continues to promote the fiction that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him. Collins rebutted him each time, but it didn’t seem to matter to the mostly white and largely older Republican crowd. The few who had a chance asked mostly softball questions.

Trump “swore on my children, which I’ve never done before” that he never knew E. Jean Carroll, the woman who just won a defamation and sexual battery civil suit against him and was awarded $5 million. He said he may have met her once along with her husband, who he noted is Black and a “nice guy.” He denied having any physical contact with her.

Asked by Collins if he would accept the results of the 2024 election should he lose, Trump said it depends on whether the election is “fair,” meaning he gets to decide that and also whether to extend the fiction from 2020 for years to come. That sounds like the coin flip “heads I win, tails you lose.”

Trump also said if he again wins the presidency he would be “inclined” to pardon most of those who broke into the Capitol on January 6. He also claimed to have offered National Guard troops to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but said they rejected his offer. Trump’s own acting secretary of defense, Chris Miller, said in a deposition that the president never gave him a formal order to have 10,000 troops ready for deployment.

      Responding to Trump’s CNN appearance on Hugh Hewitt’s radio program, former Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) said: “I think he’s a coward, and I think he’s a puppet of Putin. … He wouldn’t say last night that Ukraine should win the war. … It was … the most stunning moment of the debate. If you won’t say that you think Ukraine should win the war, I don’t know where you stand with Putin. And to say that he could settle it in 24 hours is the same kind of bravado that we heard eight years ago when he said that he would build the wall across the entire border of Mexico and the United States and Mexico would pay for it. And we have a wall that’s about a fifth of what we need after his presidency, and Mexico hasn’t paid their first peso to us, yet.”

Trump tried to explain without success his comments about women and when one is a “star” he can pretty much have his way with them. It was another embarrassing, even pathetic, moment.

One of my favorite modern musicals is “Chicago.” In the film version, Richard Gere, who plays an attorney for women arrested for murdering their husbands or boyfriends, sings a song called “Razzle Dazzle.” Some of the lyrics seem to fit Donald Trump.

It’s all show business, kid
These trials, the whole world, show business
But, kid, you’re workin’ with a star, the biggest
Give ’em the old razzle dazzle
Razzle dazzle ’em
Give ’em an act with lots of flash in it
And the reaction will be passionate

Give ’em the old hocus pocus
Bead and feather ’em
How can they see with sequins in their eyes?
What if your hinges all are rusting?
What if, in fact, you’re just disgusting?

…razzle dazzle ‘em, and they’ll make you a star!”

What if, indeed?

Readers may email Cal Thomas at [email protected] Look for Cal Thomas’ latest book “A Watchman in the Night: What I’ve Seen Over 50 Years Reporting on America” (HumanixBooks).

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3 Comments

  1. Paula Gambill on May 13, 2023 at 2:18 am

    Mr. Thomas,

    I hear from all the older columnist that Trump is a liar and unfit to serve. Trump is a joke and a bad person. Your column is about the “razzle dazzle of Trump’s personality. I realize you don’t like Trump as a few of my friends do. Anytime I have asked why you thought he was a horrible president they say it is his personality. You are a nationally known person. Please state some rational and specific ideas of his you totally disagree with him. I think I am intelligent and rational person. He has a huge ego but tell me which president in the last 20 years didn’t. So, I read your article and think your “razzle dazzle” doesn’t cut it for me. Where is the logic in your article? I do respect you as a columnist.

    Would like to hear your thoughts. Thank you.



    • Cal Thomas on May 15, 2023 at 11:35 am

      HE LIED ABOUT FINISHING THE WALL. HE FOLLOWED BAD ADVICE ON SHUTTING DOWN THE COUNTRY. HE DISRESPECTS WOMEN AND THINKS IT’S OK TO MOLEST THEM AND REPEATED THAT VIEW IN THE CNN INTERVIEW. I AM NO LONGER WILLING TO PUT A SERIAL ADULTERER IN THE WHITE HOUSE. IF CHARACTER MATTERED WITH CLINTON, IT SHOULD MATTER WITH TRUMP. THANKS FOIR WRITING.



  2. Tom Schmidt on May 18, 2023 at 10:21 am

    Amen. Hopefully this signals a return to your comments on the January 6 insurrection and evangelicals having made a Faustian bargain and that we could do better. Hopefully this signals an end to articles about Trump trying to save rather than destroy democracy, or “in your heart you know he’s right” (the reality is “in your guts you know he’s nuts”). I never could understand why it was my Christian duty to support someone who feels no need of repentance and feels no accountability to anyone outside himself. His whole attitude is summed up in “you can do anything” (the prelude to his remarks about grabbing women by their privates). As you finally said character matters on Trump as well as Clinton.