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Scottie Nell Hughes Straight-Up Said ‘There’s No Such Things’ As Facts

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-4-56-08-pmYesterday, CNN’s Scottie Nell Hughes went on The Diane Rehm Show to talk about the election and she made a statement that confirmed many journalists’ worst fear: “[P]eople that say facts are facts—they’re not really facts. Everybody has a way—it’s kind of like looking at ratings, or looking at a glass of half-full water. Everybody has a way of interpreting them to be the truth, or not truth. There’s no such thing, unfortunately, anymore as facts.

Emphasis ours.


She was pointing out that when Donald Trump faces criticism for saying things that are patently untrue — like his insistence that millions of people voted illegally — it isn’t fair because he is saying what some people believe to be true.

Here’s the full quote:

Well, I think it’s also an idea of an opinion. And that’s—on one hand, I hear half the media saying that these are lies. But on the other half, there are many people that go, “No, it’s true.” And so one thing that has been interesting this entire campaign season to watch, is that people that say facts are facts—they’re not really facts. Everybody has a way—it’s kind of like looking at ratings, or looking at a glass of half-full water. Everybody has a way of interpreting them to be the truth, or not truth. There’s no such thing, unfortunately, anymore as facts … and so Mr. Trump’s tweet, amongst a certain crowd—a large part of the population—are truth. When he says that millions of people illegally voted, he has some—amongst him and his supporters, and people believe they have facts to back that up. Those that do not like Mr. Trump, they say that those are lies and that there are no facts to back it up.

For the record, there is no evidence that millions of people voted illegally. Saying that is not indicative of not liking Trump. It’s just a fact. There is such thing as a fact.

Don’t worry, though. Politico‘s Glenn Thrush was there and told her that facts exist and the fact is that there is no evidence that millions of people voted illegally.

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