False Equivalence and the Destruction of American Democracy

Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“Donald Trump’s signature strategy is the use of false equivalence. He did everything he could to steal the 2020 election, including fomenting a violent coup. Despite the rulings of more than 60 state judges, many of them Republicans, rejecting claims of election fraud, Trump’s main story is that it was Biden and the Democrats who stole the election. He importuned state officials to rig the vote count. His contends it was Democrats who promoted improper voting. Trump is a master of making up facts; his favorite slogan when challenged is ‘Fake news!’ You get the idea. On the anniversary of the January 6th attempted coup, the respectable right-wing press tried to have it both ways.” (01/11/22)