The past two years under President Donald Trump have been marked by “alternative facts” and outright lies, but the current administration refuses to be held accountable. At a January 8th press conference, CNN reporter Jim Acosta questioned White House counselor Kellyanne Conway about Trump’s honesty, and she responded by calling him a “smartass.” Specifically, Acosta asked if the president would tell the truth during his televised address about the border wall.
“Yes, Jim, and do you promise that you will?” she replied. “The whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you God? Am I allowed to mention God to you?” Acosta retorted that he wasn’t the one with “the alternative facts problem,” at which point Conway retaliated by calling his comment “cheap,” and saying,
Despite what Conway’s vitriolic response would suggest, Acosta had good reason to ask if Trump would tell the truth. According to The Washington Post, Trump lied or made misleading comments 6,420 times in the first 649 days of his presidential term. And, as The New York Times pointed out, Trump’s January 8th address on the border wall contained a number of misleading and inaccurate statements.
The Trump administration has little regard for factual accuracy, so it’s crucial that reporters like Acosta continue to demand the truth. Basically, we’re throwing all our support behind the “smartasses” of the world today.