Why the lies @ Fully Myelinated (About Trump)
By requiring subordinates to speak untruths, a leader can
undercut their independent standing, including their
standing with the public, with the media and with other members of the
administration. That makes those individuals grow more dependent on the
leader […] Promoting such chains of lies is a classic
tactic when a leader distrusts his
subordinates and expects to continue to
distrust them in the future.
Another reason for promoting lying is what economists sometimes call loyalty filters. If you want to ascertain if someone is truly loyal to you, ask them to do something outrageous or stupid. If they balk, then you know right away they aren’t fully with you.
[…] creating a situation where the lack of trust is reciprocal