After being criticised for decreasing the course of political discourse by Washington Post writer Amber Phillips, Senator Bernie Sanders fought back with a tough hitting article on Medium.com defending his attacks on the POTUS for the several falsehoods he’s been disseminating on Twitter. Phillips differed with the Senator implicating the President of “being a phony”, however Sanders hit back hard, asking:
What must a United States senator, or any person, do if the president is a liar? Does ignoring this truth advantage the American people? Do we make a bad situation worse by disrespecting the president of the United States? Or do we have a commitment to say that he is a liar to protect America’s standing worldwide and people’s rely on our institutions?
It’s not an insignificant concern to ask. After mentioning various examples of Trump’s outrageous whoppers, Bernie got to the heart of the issue, mentioning:
… the United States will not be respected or taken seriously around the globe if Trump continues to shamelessly lie is self-evident. We are the wealthiest, most powerful country in the world. If we have a president who is not taken seriously by people throughout the world due to the fact that of his continuous lies, our global standing will clearly suffer.
Oddly, the Washington Post didn’t question the precision of any of Sander’s realities concerning Trump’s adversarial relationship with the fact. Phillips simply felt that it was unsuitable for a sitting Senator to refer to the president in such disrespectful terms. Sanders responds with the best concerns:
But how do we handle a president who makes declarations that reverberate around our country and the world that are not based upon fact or evidence? Exactly what is the proper method to react to that? And if the media and political leaders cannot call lies what they are, are they then guilty of misinforming the general public?
Bravo to Senator Sanders for showing the courage to call the President exactly what the media has often danced around with weak euphemisms.