Who cried wolf?

There has never been an easier question to answer. Who cried wolf? Well, who has done 98 percent of the crying since last summer?

Blame the media if you prefer, but the media is just us, telling each other what’s going on. In the Twitter/Instagram/Facebook world, we are literally the media.

Even the biggies, like the New York Times and the Washington Post, are reduced to being loudspeakers for Donald Trump’s constant crying stream because that’s the only thing we really pay attention to on a scale large enough to move their meters.

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Mixed in with Trump’s daily rants, this has been the low hum of the election cycle, repeated over, and over, and over, and over again through the media’s traffic-driven stream for over a year:

Donald Trump said “I’m going to Make America Great Again”
Donald Trump said “Immigrants are rapists”
Donald Trump said “I am going to fix everything”
Donald Trump said “I’m going to punch the world in the nose for you”
Donald Trump said “I’m going to Make America Great Again”
Donald Trump said “Immigrants are rapists”
Donald Trump said “I am going to fix everything”
Donald Trump said “I’m going to punch the world in the nose for you”
Donald Trump said “I’m going to Make America Great Again”
Donald Trump said “Immigrants are rapists”
Donald Trump said “I am going to fix everything”
Donald Trump said “I’m going to punch the world in the nose for you”
Donald Trump said “I’m going to Make America Great Again”
Donald Trump said “Immigrants are rapists”
Donald Trump said “I am going to fix everything”
Donald Trump said “I’m going to punch the world in the nose for you”

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Then, after the primaries were done, the narrative shifted to the democrats:

Donald Trump said “Crooked Hillary is why America is in terrible shape”
Donald Trump said “Vote for me to stop crooked Hillary”
Donald Trump said “I’m going to Make America Great Again”
Donald Trump said “Immigrants are rapists”
Donald Trump said “I am going to fix everything”
Donald Trump said “I’m going to punch the world in the nose for you”
Donald Trump said “Crooked Hillary is why America is in terrible shape”
Donald Trump said “Vote for me to stop crooked Hillary”
Donald Trump said “I’m going to Make America Great Again”
Donald Trump said “Immigrants are rapists”
Donald Trump said “I am going to fix everything”
Donald Trump said “I’m going to punch the world in the nose for you”
Donald Trump said “Crooked Hillary is why America is in terrible shape”
Donald Trump said “Vote for me to stop crooked Hillary”
Donald Trump said “I’m going to Make America Great Again”
Donald Trump said “Immigrants are rapists”
Donald Trump said “I am going to fix everything”
Donald Trump said “I’m going to punch the world in the nose for you”

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Before you blame the media, remember that the media is us, telling each other the news.

We have short attention spans, so we beg for more news about Trump and we don’t care that it’s the same story every day. We are lazy, so we don’t take the time to make sure we know the facts when a story gets complicated.

Donald Trump, whose only real talent is his ability to sell, uses classic sales tactics to take advantage of our laziness and our short attention spans.

He keeps his own narrative simple and he repeats himself, over and over, until the message is in everyone’s head.

To muddy his competition’s message, he tells complicated lies about them because he knows we’ll be too lazy to do our homework.

His final tactic is to brand his opponent with a simple, easily remembered, negative nickname (Crooked Hillary).

It’s a simple but devastating combination, and it is frighteningly effective. Trump is, in effect, hypnotizing us.

Our only defense against this hypnotic, repetitive mantra is to snap our collective fingers and wake up from the hypnotizing sales spell he’s put us under.

Donald Trump is not crying truth, people. America is already great.

Donald Trump is crying wolf.

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