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The unbearable stench of Trump’s B.S.

I only take exception to the denigration of the term artist by associating it with Mr Trump

Fareed Zakaria

By Fareed Zakaria
Thursday, August 4, 2016

A few days ago, I was asked on CNN to make sense of one more case in which Donald Trump had said something demonstrably false and then explained it away with a caustic tweet and an indignant interview. I replied that there was a pattern here and a term for a person who did this kind of thing: a “bullshit artist.” I got cheers and boos for the comment from partisans on both sides, but I was not using that label casually. Trump is many things, some of them dark and dangerous, but at his core, he is a B.S. artist.

Harry Frankfurt, an eminent moral philosopher and former professor at Princeton, wrote a brilliant essay in 1986 called “On Bullshit.” (Frankfurt himself wrote about Trump in this vein, as have Jeet Heer and Eldar Sarajlic.) In the essay, Frankfurt distinguishes crucially between…

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  1. I think Malignant Narcissist is a good term. Since he is a sociopath, his body language does not reflect the usual “tells” that we may observe when a normal person lies.

    Posted by cafegenevieve | August 6, 2016, 11:27

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