And this is how it happens. This is how a nation dismantles its apparatus of facts, science-based decision-making and truth. Right before your eyes, and on your watch. One brick crumbles after another. A powerful interest group has a clear self-interest in undermining the facts that are in its way, and it sets about using its political muscle to remove them, one obstacle at a time.
The Trump administration is becoming an outright fire sale on influence-buying and fact destruction. Everybody pays verbal tribute to our Constitution, but the Constitution rests on a larger, deeper foundation. That foundation is a respect for the truth. When that gives way, neither the Constitution nor anything else stands straight.
After that, there is no basis for reasoned discussion, rational policy or accountability. A fact is nothing more than what the government says is a fact today.
It’s what President Trump says is a fact today.
If you thought it was time to get used to Trump, think again. Don’t get used to this. Don’t get tired. Don’t let this happen here.