WASHINGTON -- After post-truth comes all-fake. The election of Donald Trump has seen the flowering of the post-truth landscape. Emotion outranks fact; believing makes it so. We are all Tinker Bell now. Clap if you believe in voter fraud. Clap if you doubt a human role in climate change.
WASHINGTON -- As if she didn't have enough on her hands with the president-elect, Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway has plunged full-force into a topic at least as emotionally charged: the Mommy Wars. Speaking at a Politico "Women Rule" event Wednesday, Conway cited her four young children as the reason for declining a White House job.
WASHINGTON -- Welcome to -- brace yourself for -- the post-truth presidency. "Facts are stubborn things," said John Adams in 1770, defending British soldiers accused in the Boston Massacre, "and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." Or so we thought, until we elected to the presidency a man consistently heedless of truth and impervious to fact-checking.
WASHINGTON -- To President-elect Donald Trump, Breitbart -- the racist, sexist and all-around offensive website once overseen by his campaign chairman and designated White House chief strategist Steve Bannon -- is "just a publication."
WASHINGTON -- Less than two weeks into the reality that Donald Trump will be our next president, the situation feels more ominous than on election night. "At the right time, I will be so presidential you will be so bored," Trump assured us back in April, when the notion seemed fanciful. "I know when to be presidential."
WASHINGTON -- Herblock, the legendary Washington Post cartoonist, spent decades depicting Richard Nixon as a sinister figure with a five o'clock shadow. The day after the 1968 election, Herblock sat down to draw the cartoonist's office as a barbershop, a paper taped to the wall: "This shop gives to every new president of the United States a free shave." Signed, "H. Block, proprietor."
WASHINGTON -- On Saturdays in synagogues across the United States, Jews recite a prayer for our country. In my synagogue, the custom is that the congregation stands, and says the prayer in unison.
WASHINGTON -- The arm went around my shoulder. Then the hand began to creep, farther and farther, down the neckline of my dress. I was 20, at a fancy dinner for my college newspaper. The hand belonged to a grown-up -- make that supposedly grown-up -- editor. An editor from whom I wanted a summer job.
WASHINGTON -- "The only news here," Donald Trump's campaign declared in an unsigned statement emailed late last Saturday night, "is that the more than 20-year-old alleged tax document was illegally obtained, a further demonstration that The New York Times, like establishment media in general, is an extension of the Clinton Campaign, the Democratic Party and their global special interests."
WASHINGTON -- Perhaps the best way to understand Donald Trump is as a case of arrested development. In terms of personality and worldview, Trump is stuck in middle school. Early middle school. And that's being charitable.