Pants on Fire

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019 was an interesting night in the history of the United States.  Donald Trump went on live television to declare that there was a humanitarian crisis at the southern border, even though there wasn’t/isn’t.  He distorted facts and lied for about 10 minutes, and then, like the most informal debate ever recorded, the Democratic leaders of congress went on TV to rebut Trump’s speech.  Just so we’re clear, the President of the United States went on TV for the express purpose of lying to the people, and Congressional leaders followed up immediately by going on TV to call him on it.  It was crazy enough that I can’t even think of a fitting metaphor to compare it to.  It feels kind of unprecedented and it really encapsulates what political discourse has turned into over the last couple of years.  Even if Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi didn’t rebut Trump’s speech, most major news organizations were running fact checks as he was speaking, and news sites put up annotated transcripts of exactly what was said and what was wrong.  That’s just what politics is in 2019.  And I don’t know that it’s ever going back to what it was.

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