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“I know tech better than anyone” isn’t a lie

The Democrats are trying to belittle the concept of a Wall, calling it old fashioned. The fact is there is nothing else’s that will work, and that has been true for thousands of years. It’s like the wheel, there is nothing better. I know tech better than anyone, & technology…..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018

This comes from a man who does not know how to close an umbrella.

Does Trump really believe that he knows more about tech than anyone? Even if we take away the hyperbole, does he think he’s an expert at technology? What could he mean by that? That he knows how to build a computer? What an Internet router does? That he can explain what an adversarial neural network is, or just the difference between machine learning and deep learning? That he can provide IT support when Jared can’t find the song he just downloaded to his iPhone? That he can program his VCR?

But I don’t think he means any of those things by his ridiculous claim.

I think it’s worse than that. The phrase is clearly intended to have an effect, not to mean anything. “Listen to me. Believe me.” is an assertion of authority intended to forestall questioning. A genuine expert might say something like that, and at least sometimes it’d be reasonable and acceptable; it’s also sometimes obnoxious. Either way, “I know more about x than anyone” is a conversational tool.

So, Trump has picked up a hammer. His hand is clasped around its handle. He swings his arm and brings the hammer squarely down on the nail. He hears the bang. He has wielded this hammer successfully.

Except the rest of us can see there is nothing — nothing — in his hand. We all know that. Only he does not.

Trump is not lying. He is insane.

8 Responses to ““I know tech better than anyone” isn’t a lie”

  1. He is reminding me of Lt. Cmdr. Queeg, Humphrey Bogart’s character in “The Caine Mutiny.”

  2. He is getting worse and more like Queeg.

  3. Even I don’t believe that.

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  5. Do you think he might be re-elected in 2020? Trump’s poll numbers are bad and I really doubt it.

  6. Trump is neither lying nor insane. He is PERFORMING. The distinction is crucial, but no one seems to get it. The disconnect seems to come from the fact that much of what he says is false and/or absurd, but that does not go to his motivations or, much more importantly, to his listeners’ motivations.

    Stop looking at the storytellers. Look only at the audience.

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