For President Donald Trump, let’s face it, lying appears to be second nature. When he was on the campaign trail, PolitiFact found that 70 percent of his statements were false. At their last check at the end of May, The Washington Post found that Trump had made more than 3,200 false or misleading claims in less than 500 days in office. And yesterday, Trump took the misinformation game to whole new level, telling a crowd of people, “just remember: what you’re seeing and what you’re hearing is not what’s happening.” How is this culture of lies affecting the American people? And will it outlast the Trump administration?
Holly LeCraw, a local novelist and founder of the Newton chapter of “Indivisible,” a Trump resistance movement; Jen Deaderick, a local writer currently working on an illustrated history of women’s citizenship; and Michael Jeffries, a sociologist and an associate professor of American Studies at Wellesley College, joined Jim Braude to discuss.