One thing that I thought of today, and I don't know if I have written about it yet, is the lies that #45 tells. Some of them are blatant lies and easily disproved. For example, he insists that he won the election by a landslide. He didn't even win the popular vote. To that he says that 2 million illegal votes were cast in California; there is no evidence to substantiate that claim. On the day of his inauguration – and here's where it gets interesting – he told the CIA, while visiting afterward, that it had stopped raining during his speech. By all other accounts it rained all the way through his speech. The size of the crowd was also an issue, though not as easily rebutted. He said that the size of the crowd was historic and it went all the way to the Washington Monument. I did not see a picture that reflected that, though there were pictures reflecting a much smaller crowd than Obama's.
Why? Why would he tell a lie about the rain when it would be so easily proved? The suggestion that I feel makes the most sense is that he was conditioning his base to believe his lies. Once they are used to believing insignificant lies, they will be ready to believe more serious untruths – about Russia, for example.
I believe that this is the reason for the lies. However, I wonder if this is part of the game he's used to playing, or if he had help, training in how all of this works. It seems like a trick Putin would be familiar with.