We old hands cant stop Trump. This is a job for the young | Marina Hyde

Only a switchedon generation can get to grips with Donalds disdain for the truth and aversion to facts

All real Donald Trump press releases sound like they were composed of lines cut from satirical Donald Trump press releases. Even by those standards, however, you have to admire how his campaigns latest effort on the enduring non-mystery of Barack Obamas birthplace ascends to its point: In 2011, Mr Trump was finally able to bring this ugly incident to its conclusion by successfully compelling President Obama to release his birth certificate, this hallucinates. Mr Trump did a great service to the president and the country by bringing closure to the issue that Hillary Clinton and her team first raised. Inarguably, Donald J Trump is a closer.

Always. Be. Closing. Still: was that an argument, or a performance of Glengarry Glen Dross? By any relevant yardstick, it doesnt matter. Like the 90s or herpes simplex, birtherism is back, if it ever even went out of fashion. What did go out of style, as is remarked upon several thousand times daily, is truth in politics. Is it terminal? Will truth in politics ever come back into fashion?

Its influence has certainly contracted at such a rate that it seems reasonable to imagine the imminent establishment of the Spherical Earth Society. Membership of the Flat Earth Society which maintained that the Earth was not a globe, despite absolutely overwhelming evidence to the contrary is said to have <a href=”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_flat_Earth_societies” title=”” data-link-name=”in” body link” class=”u-underline”>peaked in the mid-1990s at about 3,500. At the current pace of decline, there is every chance that the Spherical Earth Society could hope for similar numbers by 2025. We must picture these last few pitied or ridiculed souls as a community who stubbornly trade political statistics and facts, despite the absolutely overwhelming evidence that such things are of sublime irrelevance in the modern era.

As someone who still covets the wisdom of age, and always hopes to belatedly acquire the wisdom having banked the age (I am 42), I have not enjoyed watching so many of the righteous public figures I have long admired fail to make any headway in pushing back against Trumps post-fact world. They seem so impotent.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/16/always-be-donald-trump-truth-politics-post-fact-world

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