Everyone wants to believe that their elected officials are telling the truth, or at least only engaging in some harmless “spin.” But lying is a common trait among politicians. It’s our job as citizens to call it out.
The first step in getting your government to be honest is to know when you’re being lied to.
Different administration officials lie for different reasons and in different ways. Let’s take a look at some high profile positions and the signals they send when they’re completely full of shit.
Why he lies: When it’s your job to step in front of journalists everyday and try to make a lunatic look sane, the temptation to lie can be overpowering. Also, his lunatic boss tells him to.
Learn the signs: Reddening of the cheeks, rising tone, stammering and mispronunciations.
National Security Advisor
Why he lies: So he won’t get prosecuted under a 200+ year old law no one else has ever had the balls to break. And probably, his boss told him to.
Learn the signs: Straight out of the Reagan playbook, he may suddenly claim not to remember the details of something he was once adamantly denied.
Counselor to the President
Why she lies: Unclear, but appears either to be a desire to achieve some personal notoriety or a sycophantic wish to appease an orange demagogue. Because, let’s face it, telling the truth just makes him look bad.
Learn the signs: You’ll want to check Politifact before believing so much as a quoted breakfast menu from this woman.
Why he lies: Ahem. Small hands.
Learn the signs: Are his lips moving? Are sounds coming out of this mouth? Has he tweeted? Odds are, he’s telling you something so fabricated the hem needs Fray Check®.