“The Secretary of Commerce threatened to fire top employees at NOAA on Friday after the agency’s Birmingham office contradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian might hit Alabama, according to three people familiar with the discussion.”
If you’re surprised about any of this, you shouldn’t be. Trump’s lies and misstatements aren’t just damaging in that they erode the idea that Truth and Fact exists outside of political spin. They are damaging because they create a culture within his administration in which telling the truth is less important than making the boss happy.
That’s the truly insidious thing about how little regard Trump has for truth. It’s not about one guy who doesn’t tell the truth. It’s about the culture that disregard for truth creates. And how not telling the truth becomes incentivized in an upside-down world where whatever Trump says must be agreed to solely because he is Trump.
The Point: When party affiliation or loyalty to a political figure trumps — ahem — a commitment to facts and transparency, we’re all in trouble.