Trump’s electoral fiction floats free of verifiable reality. It is defended not so much by facts as by claims that someone else has made some claims. The sensibility is that something must be wrong because I feel it to be wrong, and I know others feel the same way. When political leaders such as Ted Cruz or Jim Jordan spoke like this, what they meant was: You believe my lies, which compels me to repeat them. Social media provides an infinity of apparent evidence for any conviction, especially one seemingly held by a president.
Julius Malema: “I am not even rich… I am the poor. I am paid by the ANC… I do not have any business interests.
Debora Patta: “Do you only get money from ANC?”
Julius Malema: “Yes”
Debora Patta: “There is no other business interests?
Julius Malema: “The ANC is paying me very well.”