In Washington, where politicians and their spokespeople often stonewall and mislead, Trump’s unconventional information flow once unnerved Capitol Hill leadership, rank-and-file legislators, and even some of the most jaundiced watchers of his campaign. He has repeatedly talked about millions of fraudulent votes and shared questionable tales of voter fraud. He and his aides have made false statements about his inauguration crowd size. He has incorrectly stated the size of his Electoral College victory, and the nation’s murder rate, among others, with the presidential seal backing him up.
Now, when Trump makes public declarations that aren’t true or clash with what his Cabinet secretaries say, Republicans barely look up, aides and members say. Even some Democrats are now trying to assess if pointing out a misstatement will get any traction.
“The president is in danger of people on Capitol Hill simply tuning him out because of the flood of misinformation that comes out of the White House,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a Brooklyn Democrat.
Trent Lott, the Republican former majority leader of the Senate who keeps in close contact with members, said people are “learning to disregard more of the things he says and tweets.”