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26 January 2017

Why Donald Trump’s obsession with voter fraud spells disaster

The President is desperate to be liked - and he'll bend the truth if needed. 

By Stephen Bush

Theresa May is off to the United States to make nice with Congressional Republicans and Donald Trump. Today, she’ll tell the GOP at their annual retreat that the votes for Brexit and for Trump give them the opportunity to rebuild the “special relationship” between the United States and the United Kingdom. Tomorrow, she’ll sit down with Trump and try to find common ground on Islamist terrorism and free trade.

“Bullish May tells Trump they can lead the world” is the Times‘ splash, “May on US mission to seek special deal with President” is the Guardian‘s and “May’s tricky trip to the US” is the i’s.

As for the President, he’s prepared for the visit by laying out the best china, declaring that torture works, banning and telling ABC that he believes there was widespread voter fraud in the 2016 Presidential election

You can take Trump’s repeated insistence that there was fraudulent activity, in defiance of all evidence, in three ways. The first is that it’s part of a sinister attempt to roll back voting rights for groups that are inclined to vote Democratic: ethnic minorities, the poor, and city dwellers in general. As that is part and parcel of how American politics works, that aspect shouldn’t be forgotten.

The second, at risk of sounding like a stuck record, is that you cannot believe a word that comes out of Trump’s mouth. (Also in that same interview: he claims he received “the biggest standing ovation” since Peyton Manning won the SuperBowl while addressing the CIA Memorial. And, of course, at the CIA Memorial, he lied about the rain stopping at his inauguration. It did not.)

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But the more important is what it reveals is that his career and life shows a man who is unable to accept any setback, needs desperately to be liked, and lacks the disposition to be anything other than a disaster as President.