It’s Corker’s po-tay-to against the administration’s po-tah-to
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, in a recent news briefing, said that U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is entitled to his own opinions but not his own facts. (This is a famous and beloved quote by Daniel Patrick Moynihan.) As a “fact,” she provided the following: “The fact is, this president has been an incredibly strong leader on foreign policy and national security. And he’s been a leader on this front, and I think that’s been seen and demonstrated time and time again since he took office.”
What we have here is a serious problem with agreeing on the definition of a “fact.” Her example of a fact is, it has to be said, an opinion, as anyone with even a nodding acquaintance with the English language would have to agree. So this response provides a new window into the Trump administration. Those in the administration feel entitled to present their opinions as facts, and to quote a beloved statesman as supporting their right to discount opposing statements as mere opinions.
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I presume the Star Tribune’s editors realize they are partly to blame for the Trump-hate in Minnesota and the rest of the country. Many days they have allowed obviously slanted stories (New York Times) or false or twisted items in the opinion section. For example, in Wednesday’s paper they printed a letter from a woman who says that she and others will not let the government and male politicians strip away the right to use birth control! Both the editors and the writer know that will never be proposed.
Thank you for not using Steve Sack every day. Wednesday’s cartoon was another of his worst. Trump has given the North Koreans a warning message to stop them in their tracks (as we did to Russia to start the Cold War), and Sack is leading people to assume it will hasten conflict!