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Moment of truth: is 3rd November the day the lying stops working?

Trump sought to undermine the foundations of civil society. But no onslaught of deceit can last forever

By Stefan Stern  

Photo: Lev Radin/SIPA USA/PA Images

“We can’t just say, ‘Oh, it’s fine if a President lies 50 times a day’… No!”

And thus was Barack Obama, the 44th US President and one of the greatest orators of his day, reduced to monosyllabic outrage by the behaviour of his successor. Obama was speaking last weekend in Miami, Florida, one of the key swing states in the US election. Voters there have been told, among other things, that coronavirus is on its way out and will soon be gone, and that…

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