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Trump calls media 'stain on America,' but he keeps lying

By Rex Huppke, Tribune Content Agency on

"I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally." -- LIE. Zero evidence.

Trump said the white supremacist marchers in Charlottesville "had a permit" while the counter-protesters "didn't have a permit." -- LIE. Absolutely false. Both groups had official permits.

"I'm cutting the price of airplanes with Lockheed." -- LIE. The $600 million in cost cuts for military planes was worked out before Trump took office.

I could go on. And on. And on and on and on.

It's a steady flow of uncorrected lies and distortions spewed forth without consequence, accompanied by relentless attempts to discredit the media. Trump isn't the first person to rise to power and use such tactics.

And when leaders follow that path, things don't generally end well.

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Trump is calling our free press -- the same free press that men and women have fought and died for -- "a stain on America."

He's lying.

The only stain in question is the one this president will leave on our democratic institutions. And the size of that stain will be determined in good part by those who wake up and see the truth.

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(Rex Huppke is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune and a noted hypocrisy enthusiast. You can email him at rhuppke@tribune.com or follow him on Twitter at @RexHuppke.)

 

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