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Our democracy is fighting a bad case of ‘truth decay’

Contributor: Clarence Page

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Surely I’m not the only American who is reminded by President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede of the loony scene with the Black Knight in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” At least the movie was funny.

The Black Knight is memorable for refusing to let his inept swordsmanship get in the way of his claims of victory. Even as he loses limbs, thanks to special effects, in a pitifully one-sided sword fight, the knight refuses to surrender. “…Only a flesh wound!” he scoffs as he is hacked apart. “I’ve had worse! …I’m invincible! …Come back here! I’ll bite your legs off!”

No less relentlessly, Trump denounced “voter fraud” and “fake news media” among other villains, as his election night lead vanished and he filed fruitless lawsuits and recount requests.

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