Great piece from one of my favorite TV critics, James Poniewozik, on Trump’s need to inflate numbers and how he’s used to the bubble celebrities can live in. Key point:
Mr. Trump’s tendency to treat truth as negotiable was idiosyncratic in a TV star. In a president, it’s disturbing. Alternative facts are what they use in alternatives to democracy.
It’s definitely worth the whole read. And yes, this constant need to feed ego through fake information is a threat to democracy.