Trump’s lies are not the problem. It’s the millions who swallow them who really matter | Nick Cohen

Compulsive liars shouldn’t frighten you. They can harm no one, if no one listens to them. Compulsive believers, on the other hand: they should terrify you. Believers are the liars’ enablers. Their votes give the demagogue his power. Their trust turns the charlatan into the president.

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Building the realm of alternative facts: Trump’s lies are enabled by years of right-wing media

The latest polling shows that Donald Trump is the most unpopular new president in history. Most new presidents, even when elected only by a plurality like Bill Clinton, or under dubious circumstances like George W. Bush, get at least a short-lived honeymoon in which a majority of the population decides to put aside the rancor of the election and give the new leader a chance.

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