I knew it would be a long night when Donald Trump launched his acceptance speech with a promise to speak “honestly,” telling the crowd, ”There there will be no lies. We will honor the American people with the truth, and nothing else."
As if. When a con man offers to sell you Arizona land with a view of the ocean, it's best to guard your wallet.
Trump's inspiration was clearly that canny fearmonger of 1968, Richard Nixon. Trump borrowed heavily from Nixon's "law and order" template — he bellowed, "I am the law and order candidate!" — but, perhaps more importantly (and oh so predictably), he emulated Nixon's well-honed gift for shameless lying. Not that Trump actually needs any help in that department, from anyone.