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2016 Farkas: Trump and Putin – Two Liars Separated at Birth

Posted by FactReal on April 3, 2017

On April 3, 2016, Evelyn Farkas wrote in Politico an article entitled: “Trump and Putin: Two Liars Separated at Birth? No wonder they seem to like each other; they are akin in their abuse of the truth.

HIGHLIGHTS OF FARKAS’ ARTICLE:
– Farkas not only likens Trump to Putin, but claims “among the many dangers of Donald Trump,” he’ll make America “great” fraudulently just like Putin in Russia. [Earth to Farkas: Putin is a dictator who has murdered people, bombed civilians, invaded countries, etc.]
– She believes that with Trump we’d be “drifting toward a situation where we resemble Putin’s Russia.”
– “Trump, in his own way, is seeking to turn the United States into a post-factual society analogous to Putin’s Russia.”
– “Where could it end, if Trump does gain the presidency? In Putin’s case the people’s indifference to the truth has allowed him to secure and retain power, to run” Russia as a “Mafia-style capitalist state”, wrote Farkas.
– Farkas increases her attack on Trump: “In Trump’s case, he is fostering and exploiting indifference toward truth in the service of fear, hatred and a mishmash of poor foreign and domestic policy ideas — including potentially repudiating our alliances in Europe and Asia, undoing decades of free trade reform and trying to force Mexico to pay for an expensive, likely ineffective North American Berlin Wall.” [!!!]

PART OF FARKAS’ ARTICLE:

Trump and Putin: Two Liars Separated at Birth?
No wonder they seem to like each other; they are akin in their abuse of the truth.

By EVELYN FARKAS | April 03, 2016

Among the many dangers of Donald Trump is that he will make the United States “great” again in exactly the way that the GOP front-runner’s one-time admirer, Vladimir Putin, claims he is making Russia “great” again.

In other words, fraudulently.

In Russia today, thanks to Putin, spectacle, theater and lying pervade the media, confuse the discourse and have turned the viewing public into an electorate that no longer seems to care about the truth. […]

All this serves Putin’s purpose of imposing whatever truth he pleases…”This is not merely an ‘information war,’ in other words, but a ‘war on information,’” [journalist] Pomerantsev said in April 2014. “If the very possibility of rational argument is submerged in a fog of uncertainty, there are no grounds for debate. Sooner or later, the public will give up trying to understand what happened, or even bothering to listen.” This statement illuminates the deeper danger Trump poses to democracy in America today.

Trump, in his own way, is seeking to turn the United States into a post-factual society analogous to Putin’s Russia. He makes claims that are false, doubles down on them when challenged and seems to care not a whit for video or documentary evidence that proves him wrong. He says over and over that America is “losing” and he can make it “win” without substantiating either claim. It’s not that the media don’t challenge him a lot, but simultaneously they give saturation coverage to everything he says and they don’t seem able to keep up with the torrent of nonsense issuing from his mouth.

Thus, as in Russia, Trump’s lying is enabling and feeding an indifference to the truth. […] As with Putin in Russia, his many misrepresentations are enabling and feeding an indifference to the truth in this country.

Where could it end, if Trump does gain the presidency? In Putin’s case the people’s indifference to the truth has allowed him to secure and retain power, to run the Russian Federation as an autocratic, Mafia-style capitalist state, to pursue a neo-imperial foreign policy for its own sake and to keep him in power, and reportedly to amass vast fortunes for his friends that he may secretly benefit from. […]

In Trump’s case, he is fostering and exploiting indifference toward truth in the service of fear, hatred and a mishmash of poor foreign and domestic policy ideas — including potentially repudiating our alliances in Europe and Asia, undoing decades of free trade reform and trying to force Mexico to pay for an expensive, likely ineffective North American Berlin Wall. […]

How then are we drifting toward a situation where we resemble Putin’s Russia?

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