Liar-ing, a settled Trump character trait

May 9, 2021 § Leave a comment

Donald Trump, we know, is a liar—not just in the sense that he has told lies (which most of us do sometimes), but in the sense of being an inveterate lie-teller, thousands upon thousands of lies, a man whose propensity to falsehood is one of the leading hallmarks of his character. Here too, terminology is interesting: the transition from particular wrongdoing—telling this or that lie—to “liar” as a settled character trait.7

Source: DAMNED LIES Jeremy Waldron

7 Augustine’s discussion, mentioned in Harry Frankfurt, On Bullshit (Princeton, 2005), 58.

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