TOM DAVIES: The Verdict — Alternative Facts

With all the news over the weekend, it is odd, that The Forum, the largest newspaper in North Dakota, paid no attention (at least through Monday) to Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, when she said a lie is “an alternative fact.”

She was, of course, referring to the size of President Trump’s inauguration crowd and disputed the estimates published in the media. The fact that the respected Reuters news agency that took the photo showing a clearly smaller crowd validated its photographer’s work didn’t faze her. After being caught in a lie about it being the largest crowd ever, she simply stated that the administration’s numbers were “alternative facts.”

When spokesman Conway was cross-examined by Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” on Sunday, she went so far as to threaten the media. Then our new president went to the CIA on Monday, stood in front of the Wall of Fallen Heroes and gave it scant attention as he proceeded to brag about the largest inauguration crowd in history (false, not even in the top five) and accuse the media of broadcasting false reports on the crowd size.

Not to be outdone, the Heinrich Himmler (Reichsfuhrer of the Schutzstaffel and a leading member of the Nazi Party of Nazi Germany) wannabe, press secretary Sean Spicer, jumped in to defend the new administration’s lies. (By the way, google Himmler’s picture and note the hair.) Spicer held what he called a “press conference” to lecture the media on what bad people they are. He repeated the crowd-size lie, then goose-stepped off the stage without answering one question.

Conway and Spicer are supposed to be conduits of news from President Trump to the media and the public. It’s clear that “actual facts” aren’t going to get in their way.

In the future, as students of all ages take their exams, they can now apparently assume that, according to the Spicer-Conway-Trump theory, any answer is acceptable, and hence no one can fail. The fact is, however, that we all fail if we let that nonsense occur. Truth and facts do matter!

Donald J. Trump promised on numerous occasions that he would release his tax returns, as all previous presidents have done. Now that he’s been elected, he is relying on his “alternative facts” because now he refuses to release them.

Not to worry. One way or another, those tax returns will be released. The American Civil Liberties Union on Jan. 19 filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act .

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has brought a federal lawsuit to stop President Trump from violating the Constitution by illegally receiving payments from foreign governments. The suit was filed in the Southern District of New York. The foreign emoluments clause of the Constitution prohibits Trump from receiving anything of value from foreign governments, including foreign government-owned businesses, without the approval of Congress.

The libel and sexual assault lawsuits will continue. You can be assured more suits will follow.

Talk about the man Trump admires most, Vladimir Putin! Our president asked for, but did not receive, a display of tanks, rocket launchers and other weapons of war to be in his parade. He seems to be too uninformed to know that the United States of America does not need to parade its military to impress anyone. That’s what the Russians and Chinese and various tinhorn dictators do … and now El Presidente wants to echo them?


Why didn’t the Forum publish the actual numbers on the Fargo Women’s March?

There were 35,000 local residents who participated. Oops, sorry! That was using the Trump administration’s “alternative facts” tool. Actually, The Forum reported 1,000, and the actual count was estimated at between 2,500 and 3,000. That was one large crowd.

I was honored to participate in the March. Organizer Maren Day Woods of the new Revland Art Gallery did a terrific job. She initially expected 200 to 250. The crowd size Saturday both shocked and pleased her.

Nearly a dozen local speakers took to the podium and voiced their concerns about their stations in life and the prospect that their rights might be taken away. Males, females, children, people of all colors, people of all faiths, people of all genders — all came out to show solidarity in wanting the United States to remain the country of freedom and compassion that it is.

Some say that was an anti-Trump rally. I prefer to call it a human rights rally under the caption Women’s Rights March and a call-to-honor rally. I saw many Trump supporters involved in that crowd. Methinks his post-election comments caused many of his supporters to pause and wonder, “What the hell did I do?” The crowd was happy and respectful, and it accomplished its purpose as participants chanted, “Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.” What a great feeling to be involved!


I saw some pretty nasty letters to the editor of our daily newspaper criticizing columnist Mike McFeely for his story on one of The Forum’s favorite politicians, Al Carlson. Online, it was headlined “Ancient, Out-of-Touch White Man in N.D. Gives Worst MLK Day Speech in History.” Mike was spot on. He tells it like he sees it.

His fellow columnist Rob Port is another matter. He says Obama was the worst president in his lifetime. I have fungus under my elderly toenails older than that young man! His parting shot at a real president who had absolutely no scandals in his administration was just lousy. He, like his bosses (not including Jack Zaleski, who is the best of the best), forgets that Mitch McConnell said he’d oppose anything President Obama wanted on the night he was inaugurated … and he and his damned cronies honored that pledge. The party now in control of Congress forgot that they represent the people, not the party.


OK, if I see one more Viagra ad on TV, I’m going to … do something! Not sure what. The ad says if one has an erection lasting for four hours to call your doctor. Had that happened to me, I wouldn’t have called a doctor. I’d have called a press conference. Amen.

6 thoughts on “TOM DAVIES: The Verdict — Alternative Facts”

  • Konda Louise Klipfel Wightman January 25, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Great article!

    1. Thomas A. Davies January 25, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      Thank you

  • Linda Sutton Folk January 25, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Excellent article that was a pleasure to read.

    1. Thomas A. Davies January 26, 2017 at 12:09 am

      Thanks Linda

  • Kate Cole January 25, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Thank you sir, as always, wise and witty!

    1. Thomas A. Davies January 25, 2017 at 11:51 pm

      Thanks Kate


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