Olivia Wilde: Trump lies with the expertise of a toddler

Actress Olivia Wilde sat down for a joint interview with Senator Al Franken during which, of course, Donald Trump came up. Both interviewees concluded at one point that despite being 71 years old, the president has the lying habits of a small child.

Franken’s old book “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right,” the George Orwell classic “1984” — which has been adapted into a play starring Wilde — and the nature of lying in general were brought up, and the two discussed what types of lies are understandable and which ones are not. Wilde pointed out that Trump has a habit of blurting out any old lie regardless of whether or not it is blatantly false or even beneficial to him, much like a toddler.

“I’ll ask my son, ‘Did you brush your teeth?’ He’ll say, ‘Yeah.’ And I’ll say: ‘You did not. I was standing right here.'” Wilde explains. “It’s funny. Kids lie without any real strategy. That’s why Trump seems so much like a toddler sometimes. His tendency to lie, when it’s clearly a lie, is something small children do. They also bully and take toys from each other. It’s something you’re supposed to grow out of by the time you’re [71].”

Other things that help contribute to Trump’s image as a giant baby are his love of truck horns and boats.

Indeed, Trump has been known to not only lie about things that make no sense to lie about, but to double and triple down on those lies. Take his inauguration crowd size, for example. It was, by any available metric, smaller than his predecessor’s. Nevertheless, Trump harped on that for weeks, even demanding the National Parks Service release more photos of the event to prove his point. They eventually did, one again showing that Barack Obama’s inauguration was attended by way more people.

Trump also lies about way more important things, like healthcare policy, saying whatever sounds good at the moment without having any actual plan. Sure, promising you won’t cut medicare or saying people with preexisting conditions won’t lose coverage sounds great. They’re also blatantly contradicted by the actual text of the bill.

[New York Times | Photo: Getty]