This morning on CNN, Carl Bernstein compared Trump's interminable lie about mass voter fraud to his years-long lie of birtherism. Both are insidious and corrosive, but above all both reflect one of Trump's two identifiable cores: He is, simply, an incurable liar. (The second, of course, is that he's a frightfully grotesque narcissist.)
Bernstein went on to predict that Trump's pathology of mendaciousness would catch up to him; that many of his 2016 supporters will, in time, say to themselves: This bullshit isn't what we voted for. I've expressed the same opinion in the past few days — and yesterday came this polling result from Quinnipiac:
Donald Trump begins his term with a negative 36 - 44 percent job approval rating from American voters.
That 36 percent approval rating? It's down a full 10 points from Trump's popular-vote percentage.
The rats are already swan-diving and splashing the water, it would seem.