Donald Trump, having propelled his presidential campaign to victory while often disregarding the truth, now is testing the proposition that he can govern the country that way.
In the first five days of his presidency, Trump has put the enormous power of the nation's highest office behind spurious - and easily disproved - claims.
Yes, he's not even a good liar. What say you, Jerry Brown?
"Above all else, we have to live in the truth," Brown said. "When the science is clear or when our own eyes tell us that the seats in this chamber are filled or that the sun is shining, we must say so, not construct some alternate universe of non-facts that we find more pleasing."
OK and this is coming from a guy who worked in a WH that thought they could create reality, bear in mind.
"The degree to which they are creating their own reality, the degree to which they simply make up their own scripts, is striking," said Peter Wehner, a Trump critic who was a top strategist in the George W. Bush White House. "It's a huge deal, because in the end you really can't govern, and you can't persuade people, if you do not have a common basis of fact."
Yes, you can't believe anything he says.
The White House on Tuesday reiterated President Trump’s false contention that he lost the national popular vote because of 3 million to 5 million illegal votes, as yet another untruth swelled into a distraction that threatens to undermine his first week in office.
Trump repeatedly has claimed there was widespread voter fraud in the November election, most recently telling congressional leaders Monday night that he thinks it is why he lost the popular vote to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Although the president’s theory has been broadly discredited, White House press secretary Sean Spicer held up debunked researchTuesday to support it and left open the possibility of a federal investigation.
Anyone got the over/under on Spicer's stay in that job? McConnell seems to agree with Trump or at least not disagree.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), when asked about Trump’s claims, would not say whether he agrees, only that he believes voter fraud is a problem generally around the country.
“Most states have a done a better job on this front, but the notion that election fraud is fiction is not true,” said McConnell, who like many Republicans has voiced support for voter ID laws.
Wonder where Elise comes down on it. Here's Tim Scott:
“I don’t think about it,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said. “It’s not important to me.”
It's not important to him if 5 million people voted illegally? Russian hacking probably is not important to him either.