Two longtime political street fighters have a new cause: restoring civility to Trump-era public discourse

Mon, 2018-09-10

Former President Obama didn’t mince words denouncing “the politics of division” during a South Africa speech in July.

“The politics of fear and resentment and retrenchment [are] on the move” — not just in the United States, but all over the world, he asserted, adding: “People just make stuff up….

“We see it in the growth of state-sponsored propaganda. We see it in internet fabrications. We see it in the blurring of lines between news and entertainment. We see the utter loss of shame among political leaders when they’re caught in a lie and they just double down and they lie some more.”

“You have to believe in facts,” Obama continued. “Without facts, there’s no basis for cooperation. If I say this is a podium and you say this is an elephant, it’s going to be hard for us to cooperate.”