“Now that the ref­er­en­dum is over, John­son and oth­ers have back­tracked, and the cam­paign has re­branded it­self the ‘Change Bri­tain’ move­ment and promised to re­di­rect EU funds to other ar­eas in­stead”

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the Iraq War was launched in 2003 un­der false pre­tenses. In­tel­li­gence re­ports had not es­tab­lished that there were weapons of mass de­struc­tion in the coun­try, yet Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Tony Blair du­ti­fully fol­lowed US Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush in or­der­ing his mil­i­tary to in­vade. The con­se­quences of that de­ci­sion are still emerg­ing.

If our lead­ers can be so will­fully wrong about such con­se­quen­tial mat­ters, how can we be­lieve any­thing they tell us? This ques­tion has opened the door for a new, more overt truthi­ness, es­poused by the likes of Trump, who seems to in­tro­duce freshly in­vented “facts” on a daily ba­sis. Trump’s sur­ro­gates, for their part, use tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ances and so­cial me­dia to re­state the false­hoods, seem­ingly op­er­at­ing un­der the prin­ci­ple that if you re­peat some­thing of­ten enough, it will be­come true.

And many vot­ers seem will­ing to go along for the ride. When 40 lead­ing Repub­li­can for­eign pol­i­cy­mak­ers and na­tional-se­cu­rity ex­perts signed a let­ter ex­press­ing their op­po­si­tion to Trump, whom they fear would be “the most reck­less pres­i­dent in Amer­i­can his­tory,” their con­cerns were largely dis­re­garded. Trump’s re­sponse – that those lead­ers are the ones who made the world “such a dan­ger­ous place” – sounds just plau­si­ble enough to jus­tify ig­nor­ing their warn­ing. Even out­right lies spo­ken in a na­tion­ally broad­cast

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