In office for a week, it is apparent our new president intends to rule based on an armory of alternative facts, outright lies, and a parade of sycophants to back him up.
We are now in a dangerous and surreal world where commentators are asking whether they should call it a lie if Trump actually believes it. Fortunately, many in the media are beginning to tell it like it is rather than showing the kind of unearned respect that protected Trump and his cronies during the campaign.
It is unclear whether this brave new world promoted by the White House is merely a cynical political strategy or whether it reflects a more disturbing reality about the mental and emotional stability of the leader of the free world. Regardless, this week we saw a string of statements and executive orders that were either untrue or based on assumptions that were demonstrably false.
Here's a partial list, as reported by the Washington Post and other media outlets.
Fortunately, a few Republicans have been willing to challenge the Trump lies. Realizing they have a golden goose in the White House, most have not. Time will tell if the American people will make them pay for their silence.