Trump Seeks ‘Middle Ground between True and False Information’

Saying that true statements are not always right and that false statements are not always wrong, President Trump on Thursday laid out his vision of an America where “knowledge and ignorance are both accepted and respected for what they are — big words.” He twice noted that knowledge and ignorance should be treated as equals “because each of those words has exactly nine letters in it, or they did when I counted them this morning.” 

Mr. Trump spoke on Capitol Hill at the invitation of the House Republican leadership, which had asked him to address GOP concerns that “true facts and real knowledge and a lot of long words were gaining the upper hand” in policy negotiations with Democrats on a range of important issues.

Reading from unusually large flash cards, Mr. Trump boasted that facts, whether true or false, were an important part of his administration.

“There’s more truth in falsity, and more falsity in truth, than most people realize or care to admit,” he said, adding that he had never heard of the word ‘falsity’ until a speechwriter had shown it to him on Wednesday. “So I promise you that when we make policy we’re going to consider what’s false and also what’s not true. We’ll look at some of the evidence and weigh a few of the arguments; and then, based on none of that, we’ll make some decisions.”

Mr. Trump continued: “I have a problem with the liberal snobs who think a fact is something real, like a hamburger or a potato chip. I’d like to see them try to put ketchup and fried onions on a fact. Good luck with that, losers.”