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If most politicians lie, then why are some Americans so hard on Trump?

When a politician gets caught in a lie, there's usually a bit of sweat, perhaps some shame and the expectation of consequences. Not for Trump. Here's why

Donald Trump
Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters

Most politicians lie. Or do they? Even if we could find some isolated example of a politician who was scrupulously honest – former President Jimmy Carter, perhaps – the question is how to think about the rest of them. And if most politicians lie, then why are some Americans so hard on President Donald Trump? According to The Washington Post, Trump has told 6,420 lies so far in his presidency. In the seven weeks leading up to the midterms, his rate increased to 30 per day. That’s a lot, but isn’t this a difference in degree and not a difference in ...