I wrote too soon. Either that, or it was prescient to write earlier this morning.
The White House today is denying a story about how it is exploring the use of the National Guard for deportation. Not only are they denying it, but strongly, 100% inaccurate.
This today is the problem with their denials about anything now -- what Peter Alexander was getting to only yesterday about trust. That because of their relentless use of "alternative facts" on things like fake illegal voting and fake crowd sizes and fake insistence that the Trump Electoral vote margin is the biggest, and more -- all demonstrably and easily provable wrong -- the administration has already after just three weeks lost all credibility to those in the fact-based world. (Even to the extent of simply coming up with the phrase "alternative facts" as a explanation for lying.)
At this point, because of their track record -- going back to Trump's repeated insistence that he never told Howard Stern that he was for the Iraq War, even though it's on tape for all to hear and more, things that extend far beyond political falsehood and instead enter the land of pathological -- even an emphatic White House denial is no enough. They have painted themselves into a corner where the burden is now on them to prove their denials.
All of which relates back to my earlier article this morning, written before the subsequent denials, about NBC reporter Peter Alexander yesterday confronting Trump with easy, basic, gradeschool facts facts that refute wildly-wrong statements with the question, "Why should Americans trust you?"
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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