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Alternative fact of the week: 'America has rarely seen such success'

Alternative fact of the week: 'America has rarely seen such success'

Picking the alternative fact of the week presented a conundrum. For sheer strangeness, it would be hard to top President Donald Trump's remarks about the Civil War as having been avoidable, and that Andrew Jackson would have stopped it from happening if he hadn't been dead for 16 years before it started. But that presidential utterance (and follow-up tweet) is less notable for its outright falsity — indeed, as a historical counter-factual musing, that's baked in — than for its strange amorality, in that it suggests the tension over the existence of slavery was something that a better deal-maker could have resolved.

Instead, we focus on what surely must be the earliest re-election ad...

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