Former secretary of state Rex Tillerson offered a subtle rebuke of President Donald Trump’s administration as he delivered the commencement speech at the Virginia Military Institute.
Tillerson warned about the dangers of accepting “alternative realities,” a spin on the term, “alternative facts” that Trump’s senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, coined last year when talking about falsehoods coming from the White House.
Trump fired Tillerson via Twitter in March, ending what had devolved into a tumultuous relationship between the two men.
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered a subtle rebuke of President Donald Trump’s administration as he delivered the commencement speech at the Virginia Military Institute on Wednesday.
“If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts,” Tillerson said, “then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom.”
Tillerson’s use of the phrase “alternative realities” is a spin on a controversial term that White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway coined shortly after Trump’s inauguration in 2017.
During a televised interview at the time, Conway referred to the false claims about the size of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration made by then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer as “alternative facts.”
Conway’s use of that phrase was roundly criticized and ridiculed.
Tillerson made one of his first public speeches since his ouster in March as he spoke to graduating cadets from the Virginia Military Institute. His tenure in the Trump administration was marked by disputes with Trump and other cabinet officials. It reached a tipping point when it was revealed that he called the president a “moron” during one meeting.
Despite repeated denials from the White House that Trump and Tillerson were at odds, the …read more
Source:: Business Insider