Trump surrogate says they won by ignoring truth: ‘There’s no such thing as facts’
The New Yorker published a relevant cartoon for once the other day depicting a fictional game show titled “Facts Don’t Matter!” In the caption, the host of the program responds to an answer from one of the contestants, telling her, “I’m sorry, Jeannie, your answer was correct, but Kevin shouted his incorrect answer over yours, so he gets the points.”
It’s a pithy summation of the 2016 election and the way which President-elect Donald Trump yelled and screamed his way into office, despite none of his inane ramblings possessing even a modicum of truth. In fact, Trump’s lies seemed to propel him to victory. Nobody cared that he falsely claimed ICE supported him (as a federal agency, ICE is not legally capable of supporting a political candidate), nor did his supporters bat an eye when he said that President Obama “literally” founded ISIS. Trump won by appealing to white voter’s worst selves and pandering to their stupidity. He knew they wanted to hear that three million undocumented immigrants were voting in California, so he told them that.
Scottie Nell Hughes confirmed that this was the Trump campaign’s strategy all along during an appearance on “The Diane Rehm Show,” explaining facts don’t matter if enough people think the lie is truth.
“Well, I think it’s also an idea of an opinion. And that’s—on one hand, I hear half the media saying that these are lies. But on the other half, there are many people that go, ‘No, it’s true.’ And so one thing that has been interesting this entire campaign season to watch, is that people that say facts are facts—they’re not really facts. Everybody has a way—it’s kind of like looking at ratings, or looking at a glass of half-full water. Everybody has a way of interpreting them to be the truth, or not truth. There’s no such thing, unfortunately, anymore as facts.
“And so Mr. Trump’s tweet, amongst a certain crowd—a large part of the population—are truth. When he says that millions of people illegally voted, he has some—amongst him and his supporters, and people believe they have facts to back that up. Those that do not like Mr. Trump, they say that those are lies and that there are no facts to back it up.”
When you deluge the public with so many lies (independent website TrumpLies.com counted 1,432 during the general election) trying to debunk any single one of them is a losing battle. Sure, you might be able to prove that particular one false, or that one, or that one — you certainly have plenty to choose from — but the thousands of others have already created such a strong impression in the public’s mind, the supporter is unlikely to be swayed. They are likely to dig their heels in further, and claim that you are the liar because they don’t like the facts they’re being presented with.
The foundation for all of this was laid during George W. Bush’s era of “truthiness,” and has matured to where we now find ourselves, where there’s “no such thing as facts.” How do you debate someone who has no use for the truth?
[Esquire | Photo: CBS]