Donald Trump Through Oscar Wilde’s Eyes

In a letter to Financial Times, John O’Byrne of , Dublin, Ireland quotes from Oscar Wilde’s essay, “The Decay of Lying,” delivering a left-handed compliment to President Trump, who has done so much to revive the art: “The true liar” can be recognised by his “frank, fearless statements, his superb irresponsibility, his healthy, natural disdain of proof of any kind! After all, what is a fine lie? Simply that which is its own evidence. If a man is sufficiently unimaginative to produce evidence in support of a lie, he might as well speak the truth at once.”

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