Throughout his time in public life, Donald Trump has never been truth-oriented, but last week the president-elect told a rather specific lie
: "I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally." This was a demonstrable falsehood, and neither Trump nor any of his allies have been able to bolster the bogus claim with evidence.
So instead, Team Trump has apparently embraced a post-modern debate about the inherent value and meaning of truth.
One pro-Trump pundit argued last week, for example, that there's "no such thing
" as facts anymore. Corey Lewandowski added
that American voters "understood that sometimes, when you have a conversation with people, whether it's around the dinner table or at a bar, you're going to say things, and sometimes you don't have all the facts to back it up."
Outgoing RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, who'll soon become the White House chief of staff, was asked on CBS's "Face the Nation" yesterday about Trump lying about voter fraud. Priebus, without proof, said it's "possible" that millions of illegal ballots were cast. When host John Dickerson noted that there is no evidence to support such a claim, Priebus responded
, "I think the president-elect is someone who has pushed the envelope and caused people to think in this country."
This is, of course, bordering on madness. Asked to defend his boss' demonstrable lie, the incoming White House chief of staff thinks it's great that the president-elect is "pushing the envelope" -- as if making transparently false claims to the nation is somehow cutting-edge.
On ABC's "This Week," George Stephanopoulos asked
Vice President-elect Mike Pence about Trump's lie, and Pence pointed to a Pew Research Center report as proof to bolster the bogus claim. Given that the Pew report doesn't support the claim at all
, the incoming VP defended a lie with a lie.
Pence then tried to change the subject, which led to this exchange