Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is proving to be the unwanted gift that keeps on giving.
Americans had hoped that after Election Day we would never have to hear from most of Trump’s cronies again. Some of those people include his trainwreck of a spokeswoman Katrina Pierson and his delusional campaign manager Kellyanne Conway.
To our shock and dismay, Trump won the presidency and his “deplorables” are coming along for the ride.
Following the president-elect's bold assertion that millions of undocumented immigrants voted in the election and contributed to Hillary Clinton’s popular vote victory, several of his supporters and comrades have spoken out to defend those blatantly false claims.
With absolutely no proof to validate the conspiracy theory, they have resorted to spewing nonsense, such as one of his supporters who told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota that President Barack Obama told undocumented immigrants to vote, which is inaccurate.
Similarly, Trump surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes appeared on “The Diane Rehm Show” on Wednesday, during which she debated against the existence of “facts.”
“Well, I think it’s also an idea of an opinion. And that’s — on one hand, I hear half the media saying that these are lies. But on the other half, there are many people that go, ‘No, it’s true.’ And so one thing that has been interesting this entire campaign season to watch, is that people that say facts are fact s— they’re not really facts. Everybody has a way — it’s kind of like looking at ratings, or looking at a glass of half-full water. Everybody has a way of interpreting them to be the truth, or not truth. There’s no such thing, unfortunately, anymore as facts.”
Just because Trump’s campaign was able to manipulate millions of Americans with lies, does not mean facts do not exist. There are, indeed, facts — Trump and his supporters just choose to ignore them.
Hughes continued her argument, attempting to suggest that opinion and facts are one in the same.
“And so Mr. Trump’s tweet, amongst a certain crowd — a large part of the population — are truth. When he says that millions of people illegally voted, he has some — amongst him and his supporters, and people believe they have facts to back that up. Those that do not like Mr. Trump, they say that those are lies and that there are no facts to back it up.”
Hughes’ logic is completely misguided. Ideally, a journalist or media outlet would present factual information and allow individuals to formulate their own opinions based on those facts. However, many news sources, and even Trump himself, have distorted facts in order to serve as “evidence” to support their views, and that is where the problem lies.
For example, the supporter who believed Obama told undocumented immigrants to vote was deceived by an edited report from Fox Business Network, however, Camerota noted that the direct transcript of Obama’s words proves he said nothing of the sort.
Hughes’ comments imply that it’s acceptable to mislead people with false information because they will choose whether or not to believe it based on their pre-existing biases, which is totally backward.
Hughes is a self-proclaimed “classically studied journalist” (whatever that means). However, the fact that she’s going around denouncing the existence of facts indicates that she definitely missed a few classes.
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