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USA Today Editorial Board Calls Trump an 'Inveterate Liar' and Blasts Republicans for Enabling Him

"[N]o legislative priority is worth sacrificing your credibility to protect a president with so little regard for decency and honesty."

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"It's bad enough that the president of the United States is an inveterate liar," the Editorial Board of USA Today opens its scathing op-ed. "It's even worse when members of Congress and his Cabinet feel compelled to lie on his behalf."

The piece focuses on President Donald Trump's racist reference to African nations as "sh*thole countries" and how Republicans are choosing to mislead the public by calling into question the reports that he made the remarks at all.

"It defies credulity to think that anyone else who was in the room could forget such a remarkable exchange," the Board writes. "Yet the other participants have chosen to lie, develop amnesia, or go mute."

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The Board calls out a series of Republican leaders by name for refusing to set the record straight after being in the room when Trump made the vulgar remarks. "House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants — have gone radio silent on the subject. Let's hear from them."

As for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's claim that she didn't hear Trump use the word "sh*thole," the Board responds, "Sure. Whatever."

The piece concludes that "no legislative priority is worth sacrificing your credibility to protect a president with so little regard for decency and honesty."

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Chris Sosa is the Senior Editor at AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.