Fmr. Pres. Barack Obama: “Leaders who feed fear typically are also ones who avoid facts.” pic.twitter.com/hQXdbihWen
— The Hill (@thehill) April 29, 2019
Courtesy of Rolling Stone:
In a not-so-subtle jab at President Trump, former president Barack Obama told an audience gathered at The National Museum of African American History and Culture to celebrate the centennial of Nelson Mandela’s birth on Saturday why those in power might spread lies:
“Leaders who feed fear typically are also ones who avoid facts,” Obama said.
When you need to frighten people sticking to the facts will only get you so far, before you have to start exaggerating and ultimately lying to them to keep them in a state of near panic so that they will support your inhumane policies and your reelection.
But we have never seen it taken to this extreme.
Courtesy of WaPo:
It took President Trump 601 days to top 5,000 false and misleading claims in The Fact Checker’s database, an average of eight claims a day.
But on April 26, just 226 days later, the president crossed the 10,000 mark — an average of nearly 23 claims a day in this seven-month period, which included the many rallies he held before the midterm elections, the partial government shutdown over his promised border wall and the release of the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the presidential election.
This milestone appeared unlikely when The Fact Checker first started this project during his first 100 days. In the first 100 days, Trump averaged less than five claims a day, which would have added up to about 7,000 claims in a four-year presidential term. But the tsunami of untruths just keeps looming larger and larger.
As of April 27, including the president’s rally in Green Bay, Wis., the tally in our database stands at 10,111 claims in 828 days.
The article goes on to say that Trump made 171 false or misleading statements in just three days.
In all honesty, I am not sure I could lie that many times in a three day period if I tried.
Back to the original article, Obama made this very hopeful statement.
Barack Obama: “There is always a struggle between hope and fear, between the world as it is and how we’d like it to be… The good news is that fear is typically the province of the old. And hope is the province of the young.”
Via The Hill pic.twitter.com/Ivokw9BWlT
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 28, 2019
At this point, all we can do is hope that the next generations learn from our mistakes and make their decisions based on hope and optimism and not fear and tribalism.