The appeal of the strong-man ruler, sailing in from on high to fix a broken system is nothing new. It was the same charismatic "champion-of-the-people" sales pitch that brought anti-democratic dictators such as Hugo Chavez, Mussolini, and the Kim family to power in the 20th century.
While not qualified or temperamentally fit for the presidency, Donald Trump is a remarkable salesman. He's also a decent brand-advocate and an accomplished con-artist. By tapping into the textbook elements of fascism (nationalism, authoritarianism, militarism, and the scapegoating of immigrants and minorities) Trump has produced a toxic, but darkly alluring political brand, one based in fear and falsehoods.
In Believe Me, B. Joey Basamanowicz dissects 21 outright lies Donald Trump has perpetrated since announcing his candidacy in the summer of 2015. From empty promises, to revisionist histories, to baseless attacks on his opponents, Donald Trump has become a larger-than-life, Trumped-up caricature of the slimy, say-anything politician.
Believe Me probes Trump's opportunistic manipulations of a Washington-weary public, while pondering the unprecedented dangers posed by a Donald Trump presidency.
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