I stumbled across the word “betrump” a few days ago. It means to deceive or cheat. Oddly enough, the word long preceded Donald Trump and was not derived from his name, despite the fact that he told so many lies. Its place of origin is Scotland; its etymology is be- + French tromper (to deceive). In 2017, it became the Daily Mail’s favorite long-lost word because of Trump’s multiple falsehoods. It has only gained popularity since then, because, according to the Washington Post, Trump told 30,573 lies while he was president. Who knows how many he’s told since he left office? The biggest one is that he won the 2020 election.

The Republicans are following Trump’s lead in dishonesty. The majority of Republicans in Congress insist that Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election was fraudulent, despite losing countless court cases challenging the election. They accuse Biden of misdeeds with no evidence whatever. And, according to the New York Times, the Republican Party officially declared that the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol and events that led to it were nothing more than a “legitimate political discourse.” It went on to rebuke two lawmakers in the party who have been most outspoken in condemning the deadly riot and the role of Trump in spreading the election lies that fueled it.

Some statistics on Republican betrumping: Republicans led by Mitch McConnell are trying to pass 489 voter suppression bills in 49 states. A total of 121 House Republicans and 7 Republican Senators helped Trump try to overthrow our democracy by voting against certifying Joe Biden’s victory. And 43 Republicans voted to acquit Trump of all charges in the Senate Impeachment Trial. More than 600 GOP state legislators played a role in Trump’s riot on January 6, 2021. Many of those legislators travelled to Washington to participate in the mob attack on the Capitol. According to Wikipedia, “After the 2020 presidential election, the campaign for incumbent President Donald Trump and others filed and lost at least 63 lawsuits contesting election processes, vote counting, and the vote certification process in multiple states, including Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Among the judges who dismissed the lawsuits were some appointed by Trump himself. Nearly all the suits were dismissed or dropped due to lack of evidence.”

And now the Republican House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy has been exposed for lying. His mistruths were the subject of a political cartoon, an op-ed, and the lead Sunday editorial in the Washington Post on April 24.

The implication is clear: trust nothing the Republicans say.

Thus “betrump.” Strange how fitting an obsolete word can be.

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