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Letter: Donald Trump not alone in untruths

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign rally at Robarts Arena in Sarasota, Fla., Nov. 28, 2015. Credit: AP / Steve Nesius

Columnist Michael Dobie writes that “truth-twisting and truth-ignoring have been part of political campaigning basically forever. But most candidates, when called unimpeachedly on an untruth, respond by ceasing to use it” [“Trump’s disgustingly brilliant bluster,” Opinion, Nov. 29].

Dobie goes on to say that Donald Trump uses the art of doubling down and “repeats the untruth more loudly, [and] offers nothing new or real to back it up.”

While I agree that Trump does engage these tactics, I’m flabbergasted that Dobie and others in the mainstream media do not expose the other politicians who use these same tactics.

Hillary Clinton doubles down frequently, as does President Barack Obama.

Clinton was caught in “truth-twisting” and “truth-ignoring” when she communicated to her daughter that the attack in Benghazi was a terrorist attack, but told the American people that the attack was caused by an anti-Islam YouTube video.

Obama famously proclaimed that if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor under Obamacare.

Diana Erbio

St. James