The Los Angeles Times has published the second in a series of editorials condemning every facet of Trump’s presidency and abhorrent agenda. Today’s editorial tackles Trump’s endless lying. Indeed, the Editorial Board writes, “[Trump] may not see much practical distinction between lies … and the truth.”
The editorial first targets the disturbing nature of Trump’s lies, that they are founded in hatred and bigotry:
“He targets the darkness, anger and insecurity that hide in each of us and harnesses them for his own purposes. If one of his lies doesn’t work — well, then he lies about that.
“If we harbor latent racism or if we fear terror attacks by Muslim extremists, then he elevates a rumor into a public debate: Was Barack Obama born in Kenya, and is he therefore not really president?”
“Trump’s easy embrace of untruth can sometimes be entertaining, in the vein of a Moammar Kadafi speech to the United Nations or the self-serving blathering of a 6-year-old.“But he is not merely amusing. He is dangerous.”
“He gives every indication that he is as much the gullible tool of liars as he is the liar in chief.
“He has made himself the stooge, the mark, for every crazy blogger, political quack, racial theorist, foreign leader or nutcase peddling a story that he might repackage to his benefit as a tweet, an appointment, an executive order or a policy.”
Fundamentally, the editors note, it doesn’t really matter.
“If Americans are unsure which Trump they have — the Machiavellian negotiator who lies to manipulate simpler minds, or one of those simpler minds himself — does it really matter? In either case he puts the nation in danger by undermining the role of truth in public discourse and policymaking, as well as the notion of truth being verifiable and mutually intelligible.”
Perhaps it only matters in terms of a desire to know exactly who in Washington is in charge of what the White House is doing.
In the midst of this great tragedy for American democracy, the editors conclude with guidelines for practically fighting Trump and everything he stands for:
Our civilization is defined in part by the disciplines — science, law, journalism — that have developed systematic methods to arrive at the truth. Citizenship brings with it the obligation to engage in a similar process. Good citizens test assumptions, question leaders, argue details, research claims.
Investigate. Read. Write. Listen. Speak. Think. Be wary of those who disparage the investigators, the readers, the writers, the listeners, the speakers and the thinkers. Be suspicious of those who confuse reality with reality TV, and those who repeat falsehoods while insisting, against all evidence, that they are true. To defend freedom, demand fact.
That is a conclusion we can agree with. The resistance must not relent if we want to see this tyrant impeached any time soon.
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Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.