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During the 30 years I was an elementary school librarian, I taught children the difference between fiction and nonfiction, fact and made-up stories.

By the fourth grade, students had a good grasp of the concept. Apparently, our president did not have this lesson in school.

Again last week, President Donald Trump demonstrated that he does not understand the difference between the made-up story he was telling an audience in Virginia and the facts.

He said, “… in many places like California, the same person votes many times. Millions and millions of people. And it’s very hard because the state safeguards their records.”

There is absolutely no evidence to support these claims. To the contrary, challenges to stricter voting laws in many states, including Wisconsin, have been successful because there is no basis for the repeated claim of “rampant voter fraud.”

Trump’s continued repetition of this blatant falsehood serves only to undermine faith in the electoral process, another way to disenfranchise voters and keep them from the polls.

A fourth-grader would understand the difference between the piece of fiction Trump is promoting and the nonfiction supported by irrefutable facts otherwise known as the truth. We must question the motives of a president who refuses to acknowledge the difference.

Angie Jack, La Crosse

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