Our whiner-in chief, Donald Trump, is having a very difficult time accepting the fact that he lost the popular vote in the 2016 general election by nearly three million votes. Trump apparently feels that the bigness of that loss will cast a cloud over his "legitimacy" to serve as this country's leader - which is rich considering that he spent years questioning the legitimacy of Barack Obama to serve as President, a man who won the popular vote twice - bigly!
Trump is now tweeting threats of an investigation to show that he was denied the popular vote by millions of illegals and dead people who voted against him. And while the extremely few cases of voter fraud that were uncovered all seem to be people who were illegally voting for him, The Donald has never been one to let facts get in his way. He shamelessly lies with ease.
A few weeks ago there was a brouhaha in the press over how to address the incoming President's penchant for the intentional misstatement of facts, with much of the press pulling back from using the "L-word" because to do so would imply that he intended to lie - when intent is difficult to gauge and prove. It looked as though his deliberate falsehoods might go unchallenged by a timid press.
But now Trump is in office, and he is still cranking out the whoppers - and now the press has to make some hard decisions. Trump has been beating the drum about millions of illegal votes - not one of which was cast for him - and he is, of course, threatening the aforementioned investigation. Cower, press, cower! Suddenly, however, one brave newspaper, the New York Times, Trump's hometown daily, stood up to the bully and basically said enough is enough.
This Tuesday, the New York Times, considered the Old Gray Lady of American journalism, published a front page article with the headline: "Meeting with Top Lawmakers, Trump Repeats an Election Lie." Not a misunderstanding, not an alternative fact, but a LIE. The same headline appeared on the Times website.
Thank you New York Times for shining a light on our flamboyant emperor and showing the world that he truly is naked - grotesque and naked. Hopefully other journalists and publications will follow your lead and hold Mr. Trump accountable for his words - particularly those which are blatantly untrue.