CNN news anchor, Fareed Zakaria, called out President Donald Trump for his “bullshitting” in an interview with CNN’s other news anchor, Don Lemon. According to Zakaria, Trump is “bullshitting” when he tells the press that Obama had Trump Tower under surveillance. Not just that, but Donald Trump’s success throughout his life has been based on bullshit.
Love or hate Donald Trump, the ways of the world of business do not take bullshit well. In his book, The Art of the Deal, Trump writes about how he “sells” a deal to those he’s negotiating with, as well as the public.
“The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular.
“I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration -and a very effective form of promotion.”
Does Trump exaggerate? Yes. Of course. Part of getting people behind you is getting them excited, and a little hyperbole goes a long way. However, if the business deal were to fall through, then no amount of exaggeration would get investors behind Trump again.
Trump exaggerates, but he does not bullshit, or at least to the extent that Zakaria would have his audience believe. Billionaires aren’t based on bullshit. They’re based on backing up what they promise.