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Opinion: Why 'Fact Checking' and 'Reality Check' Do Not Apply to Trump

The moment when the president articulated his attitude with pithy perfection came when he told the Veterans of Foreign Wars that "what you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening."
President Trump speaks at the 119th Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. Source: Brendan Smialowski

President Trump does not make "mistakes" in the sense that the rest of us do.

We make mistakes, get corrected, make amends, apologize and move on. The president does not.

The president may not even tell "lies" in the sense that the rest of us might.

If we lie and are exposed, we face consequences that affect us personally. It is different for this president.

Why is it different? Because the very idea of error or deception requires a shared sense of what is actually correct or truthful. The key word here is , and that is what seems to be lacking.

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