I write in response to the letter of Jan. 16 regarding fact-checking of President Trump’s statements. I agree that we would not wish every utterance that comes out of our mouths to be scrutinized the way a President’s are. But there are significant ways that our statements are quite different from President Trump’s.
When you or I create falsehoods, we have checks and balances in our lives to help keep us accountable. My wife, pastors, friends, colleagues, employer, bank, all hold me to account. President Trump recognizes no such agencies to which he is accountable.
I might inadvertently stretch the truth, perhaps a time or two each day, maybe because I think something is true when it is not. Mr. Trump lies for personal aggrandizement, even when there is little reason to do so.
If we were he, we could ask our deputies to check something out, and they would do it enthusiastically. This man with such power does no such thing.
When I fail to provide truthful responses, it may harm a few people, or no one but myself. It may defraud someone of something owed them, and this is no small thing, but when this man does it, millions are harmed, harm that echoes around the globe. Usually when I’m caught in a lie, either by intent or accident, I make a sincere apology and express remorse. What is Trump’s track record on such?
I am glad that someone is keeping account, as I rest assured God is.