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Though the "fake news" label briefly held some actual power, we lost it long ago to shit like this: Donald Trump, in an early morning series of tweets on Monday, said any polls suggesting unfavorability toward his administration are—you guessed it—"fake news."
According to Trump, any poll he doesn't like would now qualify as "fake news." Specifically, Trump referenced people's alleged desire for "border security and extreme vetting."
Polls, however, tell a different story. They are also not fake:
Moments later, Trump again used the "fake news" accusation against the increasingly popular theory that chief strategist Stephen Bannon is actually the one pulling the strings in the White House:
Hmmm. Watching a lot of TV, aren't we?
Early morning tweets aside, Trump's Muslim ban isn't even popular with U.S. security experts. A brief obtained by NBC News, penned jointly by ten former diplomats and security officials, argues the ban actually risks making America less safe. "This order cannot be justified on national security or foreign policy grounds," the affidavit, expected to be filed in a federal appeals court Monday, states. "It does not perform its declared task of 'protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States.'"