Donald Trump has done it. He has turned a ridiculous epithet into part of our national vernacular.
I refer to “Fake News,” the term he uses to describe any coverage he deems to be negative. He calls it “fake,” continuing the incessant mantra he began about the time he entered political life in June 2015.
He announced his presidential campaign and not long afterward began hurling the “Fake News” around.
It has stuck. Who knew?
You see, what makes this label so remarkable is its source. Donald Trump once called himself the “king of debt.” He’s actually the “king of fake news.”
He has lied so often, on so many levels that for this individual to accuse anyone in the media of peddling “fake” information simply defies logic.
However, he has gotten away with it!
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. I mean, this carnival barker/huckster/charlatan/serial liar managed to get elected president of the United States in the first place.
He has defied every political norm known to most of us. Why, then, should it surprise anyone that he could turn “Fake News” into something ingrained in our national political vocabulary?
I offer a tip of the proverbial hat to a most unlikely recipient of this salute. You’ve done it, Mr. President. You have created a monster in your own image.