Donald Trump's problematic relationship with facts and the truth has been well documented. But of the analysis I have read, each assumes Donald knows he is lying. I don't agree with that. It doesn't quite match the behaviour we have observed. A consummate liar familiar with the facts skillfully distorts and dodges. Donald shows no such skill. He's a bull in the China shop of facts. He doesn't consider which lie would better convince his opponents, he says whatever makes him look good (in his own mind.) As outside observers, we just see a bull in the middle of a hell of broken mess. There's no skill, no art, no evil genius at work.
So I asked myself, what kind of person believes any distortion, any lie and selectively picks any tidbit, no matter how reliable the source?
A conspiracy theorist.
You can't argue facts with a conspiracy theorist. They actively refuse to believe anything that contradicts their personal agenda of belief. They have a deep seated need to believe the lie they tell themselves. It's not a lie to them. It is the truth, the only truth that matters.
So what is the core lie that Donald Trump believes in? That he is the single greatest man that has ever lived. He is the handsomest, the smartest, the strongest leader, the best at everything that make up the core of his self-identity. He is never wrong, because he cannot be wrong. To admit that means shattering the truth that he has built for himself that he is the ultimate alpha male.
His notable flip-flops, none apologies, retaliatory threats of lawsuit and other attacks all serve to protect the truth that is most important to him.
He is the next best thing to being a god, and everyone should be in awe of him. He lies, he invents, he creates falsehoods to support this central truth that he believes in.
So where is the conspiracy? Everyone that points out his lies is part of a conspiracy against him. Since he believes himself to be the greatest, everyone that disputes that is a liar. To admit otherwise means admitting he has been wrong about himself his entire life. This is why he lies with such ease, and with total lack of self-awareness. He has to lie. Because the greater lie must be protected. He can't face the lie that he is just another rich man, and that he isn't that special. To do so would crush him completely.
We know a Trump presidency will be erratic, but I think I now know why. Conspiracies never make sense and are always erratic, and now the embodiment of a conspiracy theory is in charge of the most powerful nation on earth.