Do I need to keep going on with this? Daniel Dale, with the Washington bureau of The Star, compiled a list of 80 fabrications by the Donald Trump, all during the first four weeks of the new administration. That was so many days ago, and more recently Trump’s occupational pratfalls have advanced to front and center. His determined effort to humiliate himself (also the American image in the process) has eclipsed his lack of familiarity with the truth.
Forge ahead I must. History awaits. Here is number 52:
52. Feb. 7, 2017 — Meeting with the National Sheriffs’ Association
The claim: “As you know, I approved two pipelines that were stuck in limbo forever. I don’t even think it was controversial. You know, I approved them. I haven’t even heard. I haven’t had had one call from anybody saying oh, that was a terrible thing you did. I haven’t had one call.”
In fact: Trump’s administration has indeed granted approval for the Dakota Access pipeline. But he has not approved the other pipeline, Keystone XL from Alberta. The executive order he signed in January merely invites TransCanada Corp. to reapply for approval, and directs his secretary of state to make a decision within 60 days of receiving this new application. So: it would have been accurate for Trump to say he advanced two pipelines, but not that he “approved them.”
Daniel Dale’s list has since grown. As of 23 March the count was up to 143. How long can he keep this up? Better yet, how long am I going to keep this up?
Until there is no skin left.