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Alara317 said:

I'd take 'somewhat shady' politicians over 'blatantly terrible pathological liar without even the faintest hint of self-awareness or decency' any day.

I think calling him a pathological liar is a mistake, because it implies that he usually cares what the truth is (and then says the opposite).  There's a really tiny book I like called "On Bullshit", which basically defines bullshit as ... shit, I can't paraphrase with high confidence, and I can't find the book right now.  But Trump would have just made something up that would be to his advantage for people to believe, without knowing or caring whether it was true or not, and that's the essence of a bullshitter as this book's author defines it.  And he's a pathological bullshitter. 

Found it! 
It is impossible for someone to lie unless he thinks he knows the truth.  Producing bullshit requires no such conviction.  A person who lies is thereby responding to the truth, and he is to that extent respectful of it.  When an honest man speaks, he says only what he believes to be true; and for the liar, it is correspondingly indispensable that he considers his statements to be false.  For the bullshitter, however, all these bets are off:  he is neither on the side of the true nor on the side of the false.  His eye is not on the facts at all, as the eyes of the honest man and of the liar are, except insofar as they may be pertinent to his interest in getting away with what he says.  He does not care whether the things he says describe reality correctly.  He just picks them out, or makes them up, to suit his purpose

The author argues, persuasively to me, that bullshit (in serious contexts) is more corrosive to society than lies: 
Both in lying and in telling the truth people are guided by their beliefs concerning the way things are.  These guide them as they endeavor either to describe the world correctly or to describe it deceitfully.  For this reason, telling lies does not tend to unfit a person for telling the truth in the same way that bullshitting tends to.  Through excessive indulgence in the latter activity, which involves making assertions without paying attention to anything except what it suits one to say, a person's normal habit of attending to the way things are may become attenuated or lost.  Someone who lies and someone who tells the truth are playing on opposite sides, so to speak, in the same game.  Each responds to facts as he understands them, although the response of the one is guided by the authority of the truth, while the response of the other defies the authority and refuses to meet its demands.  The bullshitter ignores these demands altogether.  He does not reject the authority of the truth, as the liar does, and oppose himself to it.  He pays no attention to it at all.  By virtue of this, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are

He goes on to point out that bullshit tends to be produced when a person feels the impulse, or feels forced, to talk about something that is beyond their understanding.  Needless to say, Trump's huge ego probably gives him the impulse to foist his opinion on people no matter how uneducated he is on a given subject; add to that his lifelong pursuit of publicity, and the fact that he's the fucking President, and he's constantly in a position to comment on anything and everything no matter how ignorant he is of the topic at hand.  And then you add in that the man has no apparent respect for what is true, rather than what his audience will believe at any given moment ("believe me" is one of his most common catchphrases), and it's a shitstorm of epic proportions. 



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