I have developed a nasty addiction: I am now addicted to statements from the ranks of the Republican Party. Every morning, I obsessively read through the latest things that Donald Trump and the others have said, this hair-raising gibberish, and every morning what they say gets more insane. The record so far belongs to Rudy Giuliani, who recently claimed there hadn’t been any successful radical Islamic terrorist attacks on American soil before Barack Obama became president.
Please take a moment. Just let Mr. Giuliani’s statement roll around in your mind. Does that statement not make you want to crack up in disbelief? You know as well as I and Mr. Giuliani that September 11 in 2001 represents the greatest terrorist attack in world history and that the U.S. president at the time was George W. Bush. Perhaps you might also remember who was mayor of New York then. It was Rudy G.
If Mr. Giuliani, of all people, is now acting as if there had been no September 11th, then that fascinates me. In the truest sense of the word, his lie has something bewitching about it. It is so blatant it almost feels like an act of violence. You would like to respond in some way to Mr. Giuliani but you are too flabbergasted. And of course, responding would do no good. In fact, the rejoinder, “You’re lying,” would have only proved you had missed the whole point Mr. Giuliani was making. What is interesting is that everybody can see through this lie without effort. Even the people who applauded him must know it was nothing but a lie. Thing is: they don’t care.
The question of whether something corresponds to the facts is apparently losing its relevance. That’s what the American Republicans, and not just they alone, have come to realize, and that’s what I am continually forced to watch, like a form of black magic that I can’t understand.