TRUMP: I get my numbers from a lot of sources, like Homeland Security primarily, and the numbers that I have from Homeland Security are a disaster.
And you know what else is a disaster? Numbers that come out of Homeland Security, Kirstjen (Nielsen), which we spend and the money we lose because of illegal immigration, billions and billions of dollars a month. Billions and billions of dollars, and it's unnecessary. [1
ACOSTA: Could you share those stats with us?
TRUMP: Let me tell you , you have stats that are worse than the ones that I use, but I use many stats, but also use Homeland Security. All right, next question.
"Many stats." Which stats? The president never said
It's important to take a step back here to see what is happening: The President of the United States, one of the most powerful people in the county and the world, is not only entirely unconcerned with telling the truth is also working to discredit those who try to keep the capital "in truth.
He is aggressively eroding the idea of fact and truth for a simple reason: Because it furthers his own political interests. Trump ran as the "anti-elite" candidate, casting himself as someone not bound by the political correctness and liberalism that Democrats, the media and even many establishment Republicans had foisted over the average person over the past decades. Somehow, the notion of "facts" and "truth" became elitist in Trump's hands: These fact-checkers work for the mainstream media. The mainstream media is liberal and biased. Ergo, their "truth" can't be trusted.
It worked. Trump has grown more and more brazen about it.
So, yeah. That's where we are: A President at the truth and the idea of objective facts. And a cohort of his supporters who believe that Trump's truth is the only one that matters and revelations in their constitution to acknowledge that facts exist causes. More than the travel ban. More than the wall. More than all of the bullying tweets. More than his alleged war with the "deep state." The attempted elimination of truth and fact has been – and will continue to be – deliberately removed from the broader culture. If we can't agree on a basic set of facts, how can we talk to each other – much less find ways to compromise?
Remember: Facts are not partisan position.