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Alternative Fact of the Week: Who pays tariffs? Not China

Alternative Fact of the Week: Who pays tariffs? Not China

Casually trotting out alternative facts — that is, embracing a delusion that is set apart (often quite far) from reality — has been such a common practice of President Donald Trump and his underlings over the past two years that one sometimes wonders: Are these cynical attempts to manipulate public opinion, or do they reflect some basic misunderstanding of policy or practice? We tend to assume the former but can’t wholly discount the latter. Such is the case with this week’s entry: Who pays tariffs?

One might assume that’s a pretty easy call, but there was President Trump on Twitter Thursday morning happily announcing that the United States has been collecting billions of dollars in...

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