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June 09, 2020

Does "Trust Me I'm Lying" still work?
Democrats and media attempt to spin "Defund The Police" to reality-based voters
[Buck Throckmorton]

Can the Democrats and the media successfully spin “Defund the police” as meaning “Let’s have a discussion about police reform” to suburban and moderate voters, while at the same time telling their base that “Defund the police” literally means there will no longer be a police presence in the cities they just destroyed?

“Trust me I’m lying” used to be an effective - and dishonest - campaign strategy to fool uncommitted voters with a phony promise, while experienced politicos knew it was all a lie. “Defund the police” is so toxic, however, that the Democrat leadership is now desperately working with the media to assure sane voters that the promise is just meaningless words to appease the angry base. In other words, they are telling not-deranged Americans to rest assured that they are lying. That should go over well with their rioting base, whom they are openly lying to.

Some great moments in “Trust me I’m lying” were Obama’s opposition to gay marriage and McCain’s pledge to “complete the danged fence.” Poor old Bill Clinton pledged to “end welfare as we know it,” knowing that a Democrat-controlled Congress would never send him such a bill. That kind of blew up in his face when the Republicans took the House in 1994 and started sending him welfare reform bills.

During Phil Bredesen’s 2018 Tennessee Senate campaign, it became clear that “Trust me I’m lying” doesn’t work anymore. The Kavanaugh nomination was tearing the country apart, and Bredesen, who was allegedly a moderate Democrat that could appeal to moderate Republicans, was trying to avoid taking a stand, but the nomination kept dragging on and getting more contentious. Finally realizing that “no opinion” was not a viable position, he attempted the “Trust me I’m lying” approach and stated that he’d vote in favor of Kavanaugh’s nomination. His campaign collapsed right then, because Republicans knew he was lying but his activist base believed him. It was supposed to work the other way around. A great many of his volunteers quit right then and there. His campaign was over.

I can’t imagine that the “Trust me I’m lying approach” will work any better on the issue of defunding the police. I genuinely enjoy the thought of Democrats telling the cable news barkers that big cities will soon be rid of men in blue, while then going on Sunday morning shows and stating that “defund the police” is just a euphemism for “reform.” Oh well, I’m sure Antifa will just smile and put their brass knuckles away, knowing that the elite of the American left are lying to them for good reasons.

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