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.
He was laughing, he told me recently, because otherwise he would cry. A member of the government, his sense of the chaotic disorganisation that is the defining feature of so many national departments is driving him to hysteria. And it starts at the top. The presidency appears to be in a mess. – Richard Calland writing in the Mail & Guardian on the Zuma PresidencyBACK TO TOP