Pathological lying, telling untruths without any "discernible end in view," is a strange, illogical trait. Nena and I have a sister-in-law who's very good at it, weaving a web of lies with great detail with no apparent benefit except to hold your attention, control and manipulate and maintain her audience. It appears that she actually believes her own lies, reinforced by the repeated telling and embellishment.
Donald Trump seems similarly afflicted, repeating numerous untruths publicly in the last year or two, even "doubling down" on the lies. There are simply too many to enumerate in one article.
Trump claims to have witnessed thousands of New Jersey residents of Arabian descent cheering the collapse of the twin towers during 9/11: "It was on television. I saw it," Trump said. "It was well covered at the time, George. Now, I know they don't like to talk about it, but it was well covered at the time. There were people over in New Jersey that were watching it, a heavy Arab population, that were cheering as the buildings came down. Not good."
Trump claims to have seen the unloading of $400,000, 000 in cash to Iran, claims Ted Cruz' dad was involved with Lee Harvey Oswald in the Kennedy assassination, claims that it was former FBI Director Comey who asked for that January meeting in the White House to try to "keep his job." The lies continue.
All of this behavior was uncovered, obvious before the presidential election. Yet, 40% of the participating electorate voted for this man. That consequence is even more interesting, an incredible, unbelievable story.