by Michael Gulett –
Facts are not really facts and lies can become true if repeated enough.
In Donald Trump’s Orwellian world,
I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.
– Donald Trump Tweet November 27, 2016
This is not true and no reasonable person believes it is true but yet the US president-elect publishes it for the world to read. As of today Clinton has 2.5 million more votes than Trump and nothing Trump or his surrogates do or say will make the statement by Trump – “I won the popular vote”, the truth.
A Trump surrogate said this on NPR radio,
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, Hughes said. And so one thing that has been interesting this entire campaign season to watch is that people that say facts are facts, they’re not really facts.”
There’s no such thing, unfortunately, anymore of facts. And so Mr. Trump’s tweet amongst a certain crowd, a large — a large part of the population, are truth. When he says that millions of people illegally voted, he has some — in his — 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 there’s no facts to back it up.
– Scottie Nell Hughes (a Trump surrogate) on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show on Wednesday November 30, 2016
Is this frightening? It certainly fits with the Donald Trump we have come to know over the past year. If he says anything enough (or Tweets it) then even he starts to believe it. And worse his millions of followers believe it.
Orwellian – just as George Orwell predicted in his novel, 1984,
For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?
― George Orwell, 1984
In philosophy, or religion, or ethics, or politics, two and two might make five, but when one was designing a gun or an aeroplane they had to make four.
― George Orwell, 1984
There are truths and there are un-truths, it is important to determine what is a fact and what is not a fact. There are facts and we cannot ignore facts.
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