The most telling thing about The Post’s count of Trump’s untruths is how un-shocking it becomes as the number grows larger.

Like money, lies are subject to an inflationary rule: The more there are in official circulation, the less each one matters.

All this is unfolding without the assistance of the K.G.B. or some other instrument of a repressive state to enforce a line and dissolve the distinction between fact and fiction. But the effect is no less damaging. A president who will say anything speaks to a base that will believe anything. Meanwhile, the rest of the country doesn’t believe a word.

Bret Stephens, journalist


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