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Monday I made a decision I should have made in 2016: I will no longer engage people deliberately lying about anything, be it me, the election, the events of 2016, Trump.

Wilfull ignorance is not a good faith position.
I like to engage readers, but not on false premises.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. None of us--myself included--is entitled to their own facts.

#FACT: Bernie Sanders lost the 2016 primary because he got 4M fewer votes. Period.
#FACT: Trump is a criminal. He was cited as a felon in the #MichaelCohen case. Period.
#FACT: Trump is a racist. As far back as the 1970s Trump was investigated by the DOJ for racial bias. He consistently attacks black celebrities and athletes. He announced his candidacy for president by calling Mexican immigrants rapists, murderers and drug dealers.
#FACT: #Abortion is legal. If you are personally against it as I am, do what I have done: don't have one. Keep your morality and rhetoric off the bodies of people with uteruses. Their bodies are not your concern, nor mine. Their choices are their own, as yours are your own.
#FACT: Vaccines have been the most basic science since the #smallpox vaccine was first utilized in 1798. #Antivaxxers are dangerous ideologues who are touting anti-science rhetoric they read on some blog. They should be arrested for child abuse. Vaccines save lives. Period.
#FACT: Whether you approve of my journalism or not, it is the work I have done for over 30yrs. It is work I am highly skilled at, am proud of and have won awards for. I have worked for several dailies and mags. If you don't like fact-based reporting, Fox News will welcome you.
#FACT: All politicians must answer to those they serve, regardless of party affiliation. The press must hold all politicians accountable. If you think the press is the #EnemyOfThePeople, you should move to a dictatorship. Journalists are our best protection against tyranny.
#FACT: The primary just began. The 1st vote is a year off. I'll be writing about ALL candidates. You may disagree. That's fine, but don't order me to "stop!" as many of you do. It's my job. And if I am more focused on Sanders at present, it's because he's the 2016 runner-up.
#FACT: Accountability matters. It's the one and only legitimate #bothsides argument. "The #GOP is worse!" is not an argument. Ever. Freedom from tyranny begins and ends with accountability.
This is a fraught time. There are those who would push us into a race or class war if they could. Women and POC are under attack. It is more critical than ever that we not succumb to our worst instincts, that we stay focused on what is best for America: the truth. 🌿
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