Trump surrogate: There’s no such thing as ‘facts’

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A supporter and surrogate to President-elect Donald Trump appearing on “The Diane Rehm Show” Thursday said that there was no longer such a thing as facts.

“There’s no such thing, unfortunately, anymore as facts,” said CNN commentator Scottie Nell Hughes.

{mosads}”And so Mr. Trump’s tweet, amongst a certain crowd — a large part of the population — are truth,” Hughes explained.

Hughes offered the remark during a discussion about the president-elect’s repeated assertion without proof that 3 million undocumented immigrants voted in the presidential election for his rival, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

When Trump says that millions voted illegally, he and his supporters believe they have facts to back up their claims, she continued.

“Those that do not like Mr. Trump,” Hughes said, “they say that those are lies and that there are no facts to back it up.”

Politico reporter Glenn Thrush pushed back on the suggestions that facts were open to interpretation.

“There are no objective facts? I mean that is an absolutely outrageous assertion,” he said. “Of course there are. There is no widespread proof that 3 million people voted illegally.”

By way of making her point, Hughes then countered with a debunked study published by a right-wing activist group that didn’t review data about the 2016 presidential race.

CNN released a separate video on Thursday in which Trump supporters said they believed millions of undocumented people in California and other states had illegally voted. Some referred to stories they’d seen in the media and on social media to back up their claims, including that President Obama had encouraged illegal immigrants to vote. 

The CNN commentator conducting the interview noted that this allegation was also false. 

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski separately this week faulted the media for taking Trump too literally. 

“This is the problem with the media. You guys took everything that Donald Trump said so literally,” Lewandowski said, according to a report in The Washington Post about his participation in a campaign post-mortem with aides from both the Trump and Clinton campaigns.

“The American people didn’t. They understood it. They understood that sometimes — when you have a conversation with people, whether it’s around the dinner table or at a bar — you’re going to say things, and sometimes you don’t have all the facts to back it up.”

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