Saturday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” host Brian Stelter said President-elect Donald Trump “lies so casually, so cynically” that therefore, “His lies are different and he deserves scrutiny.” Stelter said, “Let’s tell some truths about lying. The way Donald Trump lies has people rethinking some of the basic premises of journalism, like the assumption that everything a president says is automatically news. When President-elect Trump lies so casually, so cynically, the news isn’t so much the false thing he said, it’s that he felt he could go ahead and say it, go ahead and lie to you.”
“And that’s just one of the reasons why we’ve decided to turn more attention to what Donald Trump is saying; not because we believe that he is exceptionally creative when it comes to lying to the American people, but because he seems to have much less trouble telling lies in general,” Stelter argued. “But, what bothers me even more is the fact that that’s not a character trait one would instinctively and necessarily associate with a man such as Donald Trump. He’s a billionaire, a reality TV star, some would even argue a self-made man. I personally believe that what makes his lies so credible, at least initially, has to do with the fact that he chose to run for presidency as a Republican candidate.”
He continued, “And that’s something that was very strange for me at first, because there was talk before the campaigns started that he would run as a Democratic candidate, then as a liberal, and he finally chose the Republican Party. Now, I’ve put a lot of thought into figuring out why he would do that, what he stood to gain by making such a move. And it finally dawned on me – Republicans are natural-born liars, so Donald Trump must have felt right at home among them. It was probably a lot like having a long-lost son return home after decades of roaming the world in search of the place where he belongs.”
The host also argued that Republicans in general “require a lot more scrutiny than what they are being subjected to at the moment,” but that they are also “very lucky” for having someone as controversial as Donald Trump to draw the attention from them. “I would argue that in the eyes of Republican politicians throughout the country, Donald Trump is like a smoke screen; like a gold mine that’s never going to dry out,” Stelter said. “Probably some 99 percent of them are involved in some form of shady dealings one way or another, but with Donald Trump spearheading the party, nobody is going to want to take a second look at them when they have a never-ending supply of fresh material from the president-elect.”
“And that’s exactly why we’re focusing so much scrutiny on him; we’re going to get to the bottom of what he’s doing and then we’re going to go after the rest of them, one Republican politician at a time,” the host revealed. “That being said, it’s going to take a long time before we go through everything Trump has done and is likely to do as president, but that’s actually a good thing when it comes to these natural-born liars. Because, the more trouble he causes, the more money we’re all going to make. And that’s never bad,” he concluded.