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Your Nov. 18 editorial “Hold politicians accountable to release common sense information” has a “run before you walk” feel, considering Rudy Giuliani (Donald Trump’s personal lawyer) declaring in August that “truth isn’t truth.” What is the value of “politicians’ common-sense information” when the biggest politician of them all, the president of the United States, made 4,229 false/misleading claims in his first 558 days (which equals 7.6 lies a day), according to the Aug. 1 Washington Post. This was way up from the 4.9 daily lie average in his first 100 days, with the frequency accelerating with the passage of time.

Mr. Trump’s comically pathetic “fake news,” “free press enemy of the people” response somehow makes him sympathetic to his base, who are revealing themselves to be the real enemy of the people. “You can fool all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” Sorry Mr. Lincoln, but I’ve been thinkin’ your wise words have caught up with your fellow Republican with the recent midterm elections indicating more and more Americans refuse to be fooled.

Americans want action on climate change, gun violence, health care, immigration & infrastructure. The Republicans’ singular legislative achievement when they controlled all levers of government was passing budget-busting tax cuts that rewarded corporations and their wealthy donors. Say what? Say you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. Should Democrats examine Trump’s tax returns to uncover conflicts of interest when they control Congress? Not really. Should Congress do its constitutional duty and analyze Trump’s tax returns to uncover conflicts of interest? Definitely, now that we have  a Congress that puts country before party.

Jay Lustgarten

Westerly

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