Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, has some advice to journalists on dealing with the flood of false statements from Donald Trump.
(I’m going with “false statements” rather than “lies” because at least some of the time Trump probably believes what he’s saying, though other times he is pretty obviously lying.)
Basically, Noah says, Trump argues like a toddler, making stuff up as he goes along, like his entirely made-up claim that millions of illegal votes gave Hillary Clinton her victory in the popular vote (or the “so-called popular vote” as Trump weirdly called to it).
Alas, while Noah is right that paying attention to Trump’s fantasy world takes away time from reporting on reality, his proposed solution isn’t likely to work. He suggests asking Trump questions the way one would a toddler. The problem is that Trump will simply ignore the questions or declare them evidence of media bias or some such.