When facts no longer matter, discourse dies

To the editor:

The Democrats are the ones breaking up families on the border. The U.S. has a massive trade deficit with Canada. More people attended the Trump inauguration than any other in history. Thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheered as they watched the World Trade Towers collapse. Trump University has an “A” rating from the Better Business Bureau. Paul Manafort was the Trump campaign manager for fewer than 49 days. Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of President Kennedy. Barack Obama was not a legitimate president because he was born in Kenya.

To paraphrase Richard Nixon, the American people have a right to know whether their president is a liar. Well ... their president is a liar.

He’s an inveterate liar. A reflexive liar. He lies when he doesn’t have to lie. He lies about lying. His lies are big, and his lies are small, and his supporters ignore them, or justify them, or revel in them.

When the credibility gap becomes so gaping that trust is permanently suspended, all civil and public discourse stops. The president says we have thousands of border judges. We have 350. Until facts like these begin to matter to people, we will be talking past each other forever.

—Scott Newton

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