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Letter: Trump doesn’t care about truth or facts

Trump doesn’t care about truth or facts

Here are some things we have learned about President-elect Donald Trump in the month or so since his election.

He frees up time to continue as executive producer of “Celebrity Apprentice,” but can’t make the time for national security intelligence briefings.

He appoints, as national security adviser, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, whose hobby is planting and promoting fake new stories in the internet. Flynn once claimed that signs in Arabic are posted along the Mexico border to guide “radicalized Muslims” into the United States.

He names Steve Bannon, former editor of Breitbart News, as his chief strategist. Breitbart has generated a steady stream of preposterous rumors, not least that the Sandy Hook shootings were a hoax perpetrated by the gun control lobby.

He nominates Scott Pruitt, an avid denier of global warming, to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Meanwhile, his transition team sends an “unusual” questionnaire to the Energy Department seeking names of all personnel who worked on global warming projects, apparently in anticipation of a Stalinist-style purge of the department.

He repeatedly mocks U.S. intelligence reports linking Russia with efforts to sabotage the presidential election. When the CIA concluded that Russia’s apparent motive was to help Trump get elected, he sent out tweets pouring scorn on the agency.

After repeatedly calling Hillary Clinton a “crook,” leading crowds in chants of “lock her up” and pledging to appoint a special prosecutor to go after her, Trump cavalierly tells a post-election rally, “Forget it. That plays great before the election. Now, we don’t care, do we?”

Do you see a pattern here? I do. Trump is about to become the first post-truth president. Put simply, he flat out doesn’t care whether what he says is true. Perhaps worse, he is oblivious to the notion that, as president, he might want to base his policies on facts and not on internet rumors.

Joe Gerken


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