In Donald Trump’s world whatever he says cannot be wrong. He’s infallible. Because as Trump says, I know how life works. And, if you ask, Trump will give you proof of his infallibility: He’ll explain how he predicted the outcome of the Brexit vote in advance and how he predicted – a hundred times – his own victory over Hillary.
But infallibility doesn’t mean Trump can’t deceive. Intentionally. He can. But his deceptions aren’t lies – they’re tricks.
A trick may be as simple as Trump the dealmaker looking at the businessman sitting across the table and saying, Take this deal and you’ll make a lot of money.
Or it may be Trump the President tweeting about Ford investing in three Michigan plants: Car companies coming back to U.S. JOBS! JOBS! JOBS! When, in fact, Ford had announced it was expanding the plants two years ago before he was President.
It’s an odd world Trump lives in: He can’t lie. Because he’s infallible. But he can deceive. Because he’s a dealmaker. And deceptions aren’t lies they’re tricks.