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In Trump they trust

By Leonard Pitts Jr., Tribune Content Agency on

So apparently this is now Republican Party doctrine:

You can't trust the news media. They're biased.

You can't trust the CIA. They're hacks.

You can't trust the Justice Department. It's unfair.

You can't trust the FBI. It's disgraceful.

But you can trust Donald Trump.

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Notwithstanding the bankruptcies, the fraud settlement, the admitted sexual assaults, the litany of lies about everything from crowd size to approval ratings to Inauguration Day weather, his word is golden. From Rep. Devin Nunes' pathetically transparent attempts to save Trump from himself in the Russia probe to poll numbers indicating GOP voters would, indeed, support him even if he stood in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shot somebody, the party implicitly insists this self-interested con artist is a good man.

In Trump they trust. But the FBI is another matter.

The bizarreness of this cannot be overstated. Nor can the hypocrisy and the gutlessness. But we are here to talk about the danger.

For almost 50 years, Americans have fretted over the erosion of trust in our government. Well, erosion has now become destruction.

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