The following message was just emailed to Marcia Fudge, Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, my House representative and Senators, respectively:
When Kellyanne Conway used the phrase, “alternative facts” in answering Chuck Todd on Meet the Press this past Sunday, echoes of George Orwell were almost automatic in my head. Facts are unique in that they describe reality, and the last I looked, there are no alternative realities out there nor are there alternative facts, except perhaps in the minds of those who would attempt to bamboozle the public. Granted, this was regarding an unimportant point – attendance numbers at the inauguration – but if Conway or Spicer are willing to make such assertions here, they may do so in a far more critical venue.
As my elected representative, I expect you to work from the facts, NOT from some invention coming from someone who may have their own agendas in mind. Further, when facts not in evidence are presented, they should be challenged and vigorously so. The integrity of our country and its citizens depends on it.
I have a zero-tolerance policy as regards “alternative facts.” I expect you to adopt the same attitude.
If Donald Trump thinks that an indulgence in creative reality will be tolerable to anyone who bothers to use their head for something other than a hat rack, he is badly mistaken. I’ve already published newsman Dan Rather’s opinion regarding this issue, but I feel that the importance of our ability to rely on the honesty of our elected officials and their agents is critical to the health of our democracy.
This was my first communication to my representatives on this matter. If Trump & Co. persist in such aberrant behavior, it will not be my last.