One of my favorite columnists in the New York Times is Nicholas Kristof; the title of this blog was the heading of his column published on Thursday, February 9th. Apparently he challenged his readers to write a poem about Mr. Trump, some of which he published this week.
There was one in particular that caught my eye and I’m sort of borrowing it with credit given to its author, Dan Letwin, a history professor at Penn State. His piece is titled “Ode to Alternative Facts”.
” Well now, Kellyanne Conway has lately conceived of a new understanding of what to believe. When the truth gives you heartburn, don’t worry, relax. You can always resort to alternative facts. Oh it works for the Donald and all of his hacks As they go ’bout promoting their retrograde acts. Don’t fret if your documentation is lax. You can always get by with alternative facts. Don’t fear all those women with signs on their backs The straight and the queer, the whites and blacks. You can trivialize them with snide little cracks And wash them away with alternative facts. Just as loggers might swing an alternative ax And fell a giant tree with alternative whacks. When the truth won’t cooperate, try some new tacks. We live in an age of alternative facts!”