A new term has entered the lexicon—’alternative facts’.
It was used by Donald Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway to defend those claims by the administration that the crowds at Trump’s inauguration last month were bigger than Barack Obama’s in 2008.
Media organisations have loudly and regularly called out US President Donald Trump for falsehoods over the last 18 months.
And from the audio at that site:
[Trump’s] supporters don’t care what he says, they don’t care whether he’s telling the truth or not… whatever he says it doesn’t matter. Whether he’s caught as a misogynist, whether he’s caught lying about a whole bunch of issues, they don’t care because they can see him as their saviour, so the facts aren’t really an issue…
From congressman Ted Lieu:
… when you have a president that lies pathologically, that believes in alternative facts, it suggests to me there is a problem. I don’t know the extent of that problem.
To the “evangelicals” who voted for and continue to support Trump. Do YOU care about your favoured president’s attitude to truth?
Or do you also push aside the clear message of the following and what it says about the source of lies?
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Who is YOUR Father?
“Don’t call it post-truth. There’s a simpler word: lies”
We’ve been calling this “post-truth politics” but I now worry that the phrase is far too gentle, suggesting society has simply reached some new phase in its development. It lets off the guilty too lightly. What Trump is doing is not “engaging in post-truth politics”. He’s lying.
Worse still, Trump and those like him not only lie: they imply that the truth doesn’t matter…
“Truth is evaporating before our eyes”