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Ollie’s New Army

The incoming president of the NRA has a long—and notorious—history of peddling alternative facts

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@Malcolm_Byrne

OPEN ARMS North’s return to national prominence offers some clear lessons, both for the president and his detractors.
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“The European Union now is dysfunctional.”

THREE DECADES AGO, LONG BEFORE PRESIDENT Donald Trump bragged about the size of his inauguration crowd, Oliver North—the new president of the National Rifle Association—held the country in thrall with his own displays of dissembling and dishonesty, turning a fundamental disregard for facts into a political strength. As the Trump-Russia probe continues, North’s rise, fall and return to national prominence offer some clear lessons, both for the president and his detractors.

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