JIM CREES: The man is simply a liar!

Not too long ago, one of the leaders of the evangelical community Rev. Franklin Graham said as far as Donald Trump was concerned, he agreed “ ... with some of the things Trump said” and then noted the GOP front-running candidate was admirable because “... he says what he thinks.”

He says what he thinks.

Wow! I didn’t know always saying what you think was automatically a recommendation for people’s admiration.

Lemme see, in an interview with Esquire magazine Donald Trump said “You know, it doesn’t really matter what the media writes as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”

Now, put down your pencils. Don’t bother writing me a letter about the stuff I write in my column. Trump said it, not me.

Trump says things like that all the time.

For example, just recently Trump pointed out “I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.”

Here’s the thing, my dad (who wasn’t anywhere near as rich and famous as Trump) once warned me “You can never trust a man who lies to his wife.”

Trump has had quite a few wives. Quite a few women, including married women by his own admission.

Lots of lies.

And that, ladies and gents is the point. Trump may be a guy who says what he thinks (even when he would be well advised to shut his gob) but ...

HE IS A LIAR!

And he is a bully of almost legendary proportions. He is a racist. He is a womanizer who disrespects women.

But “he says what he thinks.”

Now, you may argue Trump isn’t the only liar in the field. I agree that much of the time Democratic candidate Secretary Clinton is also not exactly comfortable with the truth.

But Trump is a monumental liar. He says anything he wants with no facts to back up half the stuff he says, then blames the media for his shortcomings — and the crowd goes wild!

Trump lies about everything, including and especially about himself.

In his book TrumpNation author Tim O’Brien noted “ ... in one 24-hour period, Trump claimed two different net worths differing by $3.3 billion. He has never permitted an independent, third-party audit of his finances.”

And by the way, Trump has lied, and lied, and lied with great enthusiasm about his four filings for bankruptcies. Yes, four.

Trump lies about how he got out of serving in the military, than disparages real heroes (John McCain) apparently for having allowed themselves to captured and tortured by the North Vietnamese.

Trump lies saying he respects minorities and women but then comes back with comments such as “ Ariana Huffington is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man. He made a good decision.”

Trump says he is not a racist then says things such as “... laziness is a trait in blacks” and later told a former high level employee “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”

Trump also claims he knows nothing about David Duke — a leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

He lies.

Trump regularly says Americans are the most heavily taxed people on Earth.

False.

He claims premiums on the Affordable Care Act healthcare policies have increased 30, 40 or 50 percent (depending on what speech you listen to!)

They are not. According to independent reviews premiums have gone up about $8 — or 7 percent.

He, and others, claim illegal immigrants are crossing our southern border in massive waves.

Fact is, for the past seven years there have been more Mexicans crossing south into Mexico than there have been coming north.

Trump claims the majority of immigrants and refugees from Syria are “strong, young men” and as such they are a real threat to this nation. Fact is, between 75-85 percent of Syrian refugees are women, children and older men.

Trump says the U.S. spends far too much on education — more than any country in the world.

A lie. The U.S. only spends about 5 percent of the GDP on education - about midway on a scale of major nations’ educational spending.

Trump lies. And lies. And lies.

How much does he lie?

Well, a Poltifact review of Trump’s statements - From Half True to Pants On Fire flat out lie - have him at 95 percent false.

Eighty percent of what he says has been checked to be ‘Mostly False’ to a flat out lies.

And 21 percent of Trumps comments or statements are simply lies.

Then he regularly mocks the very people who will ultimately vote for him. The poor are “losers.” The uneducated are “stupid.” Those who disagree with him are “dummies.”

This is the way he talks — openly and proudly.

BUT ... folks still want to vote for him because “he says what he thinks.”

Seriously!!??!!