The following is an excerpt originally appearing in The Hill.
It’s certainly not new for presidents or politicians of all parties to present data in a way that serves their political goals. But the Trump administration has gone farther than that, ignoring and egregiously distorting facts as justifications for flawed policies. These actions can have immense consequences for public health, the environment, national security, the economy, and ultimately democratic accountability.
Conflict over facts is a roadblock that prevents people on both sides of the aisle from finding agreement. And in the long term, these disputes undermine Americans’ faith in government.
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