One of President-elect Donald Trump's most loyal surrogate-explainers, Scottie Nell Hughes, spouted a similar line about facts that Newt Gingrich did a few days ago (ShrinkRap, Nov. 30). She was arguing that Trump's lies aren't really lies, because facts themselves no longer exist. At least Newt was a little more nuanced and knew he was engaging in academic bullshit. Here's what Hughes actually said on NPR's Diane Rehm Show:
“One thing that’s been interesting this entire campaign season to watch is . . . people that say facts are facts. They’re not really facts. . . . It’s kind of like looking at ratings or looking at a glass half-full of water. Everybody has a way of interpreting them to be the truth or not . . . There’s no such thing, unfortunately, anymore as facts.”
And Trump went to Indiana to claim his victory for saving 1,000 jobs at Carrier from moving to Mexico. He still hasn't said what he and Gov. Pence promised the company to keep them there -- but Trump was back into campaign mode at a rally-style even in Ohio, telling lies and stoking the crowd's anger. (sigh).