The insurrection was rooted in lies. That a fair election was stolen in a landslide. The oldest democracy in the world is practiced at the state level and is a system of manipulation. This lie is often and frequently repeated, providing the effect of ignition, spark, gasoline.
For decades, Trump has shamelessly exaggerated to our faces, despite his billions of dollars and Barnum-like abilities. Even more surprising-the number of people willing to blindly follow.
In this painful period of transition, the revitalization of democracy needs to be reconsidered. It’s really painful to watch Trump’s press secretary’s gamesmanship. Spins, omissions and exaggerations are part of the game. In PR, authenticity is most important.
The situation has been bad since the first day of the Trump White House, and yes no, failure is success. Sean Spicer set the tone for the size of the inaugural crowd, which is the worst kind of lie because it requires people not to believe their eyes. Kellyanne Conway used the new term “alternative facts” to defend Spicer’s lies. Spicer’s successor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, lied, including discrediting those who accused Trump of sexual harassment, and even confusing employment data. Her successor, Stephanie Grisham, never even held a press conference, despite the fact that lying activities in various friendly outlets continue. Kerry McEnany, a graduate of Harvard Law School, is a 32-year-old propaganda prodigy who turns the falsehood of a smile into an art form.
With the rebound in American democracy, we need to return to the standard of truth in the way we communicate between the government and the governed and in the media.
Trump’s lawyers lie to the press and the public, but magic lies almost never make it into briefings and arguments-tempers, perjury and deprivation make professional standards high.
So, what are the similarities in the dark art of communication? Simple: don’t let people who lie for a long time earn big money. Press secretaries such as Joe Lockhart, Ali Fleischer and Jay Carney left the White House with an intact reputation, earning millions by bringing their skills and credibility to American companies. Trump’s crooks shouldn’t have the same golden parachute. Let the business community know this: hire any of the above Trump associates and the world will think that everything your company is talking about is a lie. We will make the same skepticism as we do about Trump’s tweets and verify it again and again.
This is not to cancel the culture, nor is it politically motivated-the standard needs to apply to Crooks and liars on either side. Everyone has the right to his or her own opinion, but not to his or her own facts. From now on, our country’s reset begins.