Give one thing to the Trump administration: it makes no bones about its desire to lie and deceive.
At Trump's inaugural, the crowds were far smaller than for President Obama's triumphant appearance in the same venue in 2009. While Trump was jonesing about the "blood of patriots," the crowd before him thinned out mightily by the time it reached the Washington Monument. President Obama packed the house.
All of this was obvious. There were even logical explanations. Washington DC is a Democratic town, Trump is a (ostensibly anyway) Republican. The event occurred on a Friday, a work day for many. That's especially true given the economic growth over which President Obama presided.
Cool. Did Trump and his team use those arguments? No. Instead they lied and said it was the largest crowd for any inauguration. They did this via a photograph that flipped the vantage point -- showing how the crowd appeared to Trump on the podium, not from the planes above. From ground level the crowd did look thick, of course. It was only from the air that Trump's puny showing became evident.
Surely some cause for embarrassment, but not for outright and easily refuted lies.
Trump's folks now call their lies "alternative facts," in a locution that would make Orwell blush. Of course, obfuscation and misdirection and plain ol' bullshitting is Trump's MO. Enter President Gaslight.
"Gaslighting" is the form of psychological torment that involves challenging readily observed reality, relentlessly, as a way to tyrannize others and consolidate power. It is the tool of aut0crats the world round, and we have just elected one of our own.
It is what you do when you have no positive arguments to offer and no wisdom to lead. It is the path of low character.
But not, fortunately, the path of least resistance. One great thing about our social media age is that it is easier than ever to mock and ridicule those who seek to insult our intelligence and lay claim to our minds. Look for lots of mockery and ridicule henceforth. President Gaslight has a rough road ahead.