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Trump Just Attacked the Very Idea of Objective Reality: 'What You're Seeing and What You're Reading Is Not What's Happening'

From the White House that brought you "alternative facts."

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Since President Donald Trump’s legacy in office is filled with broken promises and dismal failures, he and his defenders are working to create an alternative reality for his supporters to believe in where administration policy is a resounding success.

Trump made this strategy explicit Tuesday (as Kellyanne Conway once did when she coined the phrase “alternative facts”) in his speech at the VFW in Kansas City.

"This country is doing better than it ever has before, economically,” Trump said, touting his plan to slap tariffs on foreign goods.

He added: “It's all working out. Just remember: what you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening."

It was a startling admission: Trump doesn't want people to believe the very things they're seeing.

Why would he say such a thing? Tariffs, of course, are just a form of taxes. So after Republicans ballooned future deficits by slashing the corporate tax rate at the end of last year, Trump is now unilaterally imposing taxes that will hurt American consumers and workers.

This is bad policy and even worse politically.

So Trump has to tell his fans not to believe what they see or read. He has often employed this tactic, by denying obvious facts and labeling the media “fake news” even when the reports reveal facts that are undeniable. With his rate of dishonesty increasing, it’s Trump who his supporters should doubt, not the basic facts about the world.

But with his Helsinki summit and unmitigated disaster, the Mueller probe zeroing in on his allies, his tax cuts failing to benefit the American people, the immigration family separation crisis ongoing, and health insurance prices rising, Trump’s policy efforts give him nothing to brag about. Denying the noses on his supporters’ faces is the only thing left to do.

The only question left is: Who’s buying it?

Watch the clip of his speech below:

 

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.