'What You're Seeing... Is Not What's Happening.' People Are
President Trump drew comparisons to George Orwell#8217s 1984 in an attack on the media during a speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention Tuesday.
In his address to the convention in Kansas City, Trump defended his decision to slap tariffs on the U.S.#8217s trading partners. As Trump told the crowd that #8220it#8217s all working out,#8221 he warned those in the audience against believing what they see in the news.
#8220What you#8217re seeing and what you#8217re reading is not what#8217s happening,#8221 Trump said.
For some, the quote immediately recalled a line from Orwell#8217s dystopian novel 1984: #8220The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.#8221The Brief Newsletter Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now. View Sample Sign Up Now
Those on Twitter quickly connected Trump#8217s words to what Orwell wrote.
It#8217s not the first time Trump#8217s speeches has reminded people of something out of an Orwell story. Last week, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake called Trump#8217s words at his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki an #8220Orwellian moment.#8221
Earlier on Tuesday, the U.S. government announced a $12 billion plan to help farmers affected negatively by Trump#8217s trade disputes with China. The plan will assist soybean producers located in the Midwest who have been hurt by duties imposed by China on their products in retaliation to Trump#8217s tariffs.
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