It was a pleasant conversation, a productive conversation.
A reader called to complain that most of the syndicated columnists on our Opinion pages write negatively about President Trump, echoing some emails we have received. The complaint has merit; many media outlets struggle to find conservative commentary during these unusual times. But the more important issue is what makes these times unusual.
Because as we were talking, I said, “It can be difficult to find a balance because President Trump frequently lies,” to which the caller quickly responded, “Well, I don’t agree with that.”
So we … wait, what? You don’t agree that Trump frequently lies? These are contentious times, but I would think one thing all reasonable people can agree upon is that President Trump has a truthiness problem.
You might like the president and you might agree with his travel ban and his plan to build a border wall and his approach to North Korea. You might think he deserves the Nobel Peace Prize and that his critics are simply bitter Hillary apologists. You might even genuinely believe he will make America great again.
Those are matters of policy and opinion, and arguments can be made on both sides. But disputing the fact that President Trump has a fleeting acquaintance with the truth is to ignore the evidence.