President Trump has continued to strike fear in Americans by insisting that terrorists are pouring across our southern border with Mexico. The belief that terrorists are crossing our border with Mexico continues to be believed and spread as factual by Trump loyalists through social media. The problem is: that’s a lie.
When President Trump, or anyone speaking for the administration, says that terrorists are coming across our border with Mexico they are, by definition, telling a lie. Claiming that terrorists are coming across our southern border in large numbers is a lie that is intended to rally support for building a wall along the U.S./Mexican border.
Political debate in America has become toxic because of a fundamental failure to accept facts. We can always disagree with an opinion on any issue; but if we, as a country, fail to accepts facts, then then can be no meaningful debate.
Today, “confirmation bias” supersedes facts. People believe whatever confirms what they hope to be true, rather than what is actually true.
People who refuse to buy into the fear factor so often used as a weapon by this administration are said to be for open borders. That has been a successful smear campaign, but it is not true. There are many things that can be done to better secure our border with Mexico and the idea of a physical wall offers no guarantees that our border will not continue to allow illegal immigrants to enter America.
As the messenger of information that contradicts President Trump’s attempt to instill fear in the populace, the media is being unfairly attacked and called “fake.”
Let’s set the record straight: the truth is not fake.