From across the wide Atlantic its seems that the White House administration of Donald J Trump is stumbling from one duplicitous crisis to another. Or at least, such events would be characterised as crises if making patently false and untrue statements were seen as signs of incompetence. Or of people unfit to govern. The latest series of “alternative facts” to have emerged from the bloviator’s team were issued by presidential counsellor Kellyanne Conway during an interview with MSNBC host Chris Matthews. In reply to a series of questions the former election campaign manager and pollster made two untrue allegations within the space of twenty seconds. First, she claimed that former president Barack Obama had banned Iraqi refugees from entering the United States for six months in 2011. This is a lie. Second, and more significantly, she invented a fictional terror attack committed by Iraqi refugees that never happened. Conway complained that the so-called “Bowling Green Massacre” went unreported by the press. Unreported, of course, because it never occurred.
It seems that US politics has entered a world of Orwellian (or Breitbart) rhetoric, where to claim that something is true is to make it true. Call it the Benghazi or Birther strategy 2.0.