Harsh Word for Anyone to Bear: True Nevertheless – the Record is Clear
Pretty powerful summary statement from the NY TIMES (my emphasis added):
President Trump’s political rise was built on a lie about Barack Obama's birthplace.
His lack of truthfulness has also become central to the Russia investigation, with James Comey, the former director of the FBI testifying under oath about Trump's lies, plain and simple.
There is simply no precedent for an American president to spend so much time telling untruths.
Every president has shaded the truth or told occasional whoppers. No other president — of either party — has behaved as Trump is behaving. He is trying to create an atmosphere in which reality is irrelevant.
We have set a conservative standard here, leaving out many dubious statements like the claim that his travel ban is “similar” to Obama administration policy. Some people may still take issue with this standard, arguing that the president wasn't speaking literally. But we believe his long pattern of using untruths to serve his purposes, as a businessman and politician, means that his statements are not simply careless errors.
The truth not alternative facts or alternative truths must always be our banner no matter how painful it may seem at first blush. Thanks for stopping by.