It is not always easy to keep facts straight when one is thinking on his or her feet. As someone who does a fair share of public speaking, I understand this. Recently on CNN, Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson got herself tangled up with some historical facts.
As I watch Pierson completely change the timeline of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan (and this is not the first time this has happened), I am concerned. Yes, she is wrong about her history and has manipulated the past for her (and Trump’s) political purposes. But what bothers me more is that many of Trump’s followers won’t care. The goal is to get Trump elected, whether what Pierson says is true or not. In other words, facts don’t matter. I am guessing that the idea of checking a reputable source to see if what Pierson has said is true rarely crosses the minds of those who consume cable news.
Perhaps I am being too harsh on the average American, but historical thinking, as Sam Wineburg reminds us in this post, is evidence-based thinking. We have reached a point in our democracy in which this kind of basic stuff needs to be said over and over again.