Words mean things, specific things.
A “lie” is when someone knows otherwise but chooses to intentionally deceive others.
That’s not the same as believing or hoping something and saying so. That’s not telling a lie.
And when those beliefs are challenged but the person sticks to their guns, that also is not telling a lie.
To be a lie, they have to know it’s a lie.
Joe isn’t lying because he doesn’t realize that what he’s being told to say is not the truth. Rather, he is being deceived, and is incompetent to realize otherwise. I pity the man.
And Trump isn’t lying because he believes something that others do not. He is being true to his beliefs. I honor his integrity.
Finally, when I read a news report that refers to “Trump’s lie” about the election, I know I’m reading the words of a biased reporter.
You and I are free to believe as we will about the last election. We can pick and choose the facts we like, dismiss opinions as we feel appropriate, and read-into people’s actions whatever intent we may.
But when a news report begins adapting, modifying, and mis-using the English language, I have to take exception.
It is not a lie to state what you believe to be the truth.