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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Carl Bernstein: Trump Less Honest Than Nixon

Carl Bernstein, the reporter who helped break the Watergate story that led to Richard Nixon's downfall, says that Donald Trump has even less regard for the truth than the late disgraced president.

According to Bernstein, Trump "lives and thrives in a fact-free environment."

His statement is true. Ever since he began his campaign for president, Trump has made a habit of ignoring facts and creating his own truth. He even denies saying things that he definitely said, sometimes even on camera.

This certainly is not news to anyone. Not one single American would be surprised to find out that politicians lie, or hide the truth. Hillary Clinton, who Trump beat in the election, is well known for her own brand of pathological untruths.

Clearly, Trump's disdain for acknowledging things that are plain to see is alarming. I'm not ready to say that it makes him dangerous (hell, a president who was addicted to telling the truth would probably be more dangerous) but it is a little scary.

And don't forget to take the source into account. Bernstein has repeatedly railed against Trump, long before he won the election. From that, I presume that he wanted Hillary to win, although I don't know that for sure. But it's clear that Hillary's supporters have still not come to terms with the fact that she lost, and are constantly throwing incredibly dangerous epithets at the man who did win.

Bottom line: we have an incoming president who ignores the truth even more than most politicians, which is decidedly not a good thing. And we have half of a nation who wants him to fail spectacularly. Not a good combination.

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