Donald Trump has a very Donald Trump response to the Great Starbucks Cup Controversy of 2015

Outrage is Donald Trump’s specialty, and he is not too proud to piggyback on other people’s outrage about, say, seasonal Starbucks cups. Vague, impossible campaign promises are Trump’s secondary specialty, and apparently the Starbucks cup brouhaha is good for one of those, too:

“I have one of the most successful Starbucks, in Trump Tower. Maybe we should boycott Starbucks? I don’t know. Seriously, I don’t care. By the way, that’s the end of that lease, but who cares?” Trump said during a campaign event in Illinois on Monday. “If I become president, we’re all going to be saying Merry Christmas again, that I can tell you.”

Yes, under President Trump, you’ll say Merry Christmas and you’ll like it. And one place you won’t say Merry Christmas will be at the Starbucks in Trump Tower, because it’ll be gone. Maybe along with all the other Starbucks, because of the

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Lies and the lying candidates who tell them

How cute: The Washington Post has noticed that lying is a theme in the Republican presidential primary. Only … the trend article by Jenna Johnson and David Fahrenthold seems to suggest that the phenomenon is isolated to the “outsider” candidates. And sure, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina offer rich material on the lying front, but it’s not just them.

“Word is,” Trump said last month on Twitter, “that Ford Motor, because of my constant badgering at packed events, is going to cancel their deal to go to Mexico and stay in U.S.”

It didn’t.

“Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain,’ ” said former tech executive Carly Fiorina during the second GOP debate, suggesting that she had seen such a video.

She hadn’t.

Ben Carson thinks media scrutiny of his lies is worse than birtherism

Ben Carson is either a giant liar or uniquely persecuted. Guess which version Carson is pushing. As his stories about himself, told in his book Gifted Hands and many speeches over the years, have come under scrutiny in recent days and several have failed to hold up, Carson isn’t trying to produce evidence his stories were true. He’s just saying the media is being mean to him as they’ve been mean to no one else ever.

Yes, he has been asked if what he’s facing is worse than birtherism, and Carson’s answer was yes. Carson told Meet the Press’ Chris Jansing that:

I have always said that I expect to be vetted. But being vetted and what is going on with me, “You said this 30 years ago, you said this 20 years ago, this didn’t exist, this didn’t.” You know, I just, I have not seen that with anyone else.

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