After reading Marc A. Thiessen's recent editorials, I did a little research and was surprised to find that he actually resides on planet Earth. Like all conservative commentators who continue to tow the party line by defending President Trump and his party, his comments either distort or ignore reality ... or leave reality altogether.


I can almost sympathize. Defending this White House, this GOP, requires nothing less than the abrogation of Truth. Under Trump and Senate President Mitch McConnell's leadership, the whole notion of "truth" as a principle has become passé ... thrust aside for the new ideal of the "alternate fact." To defend such a party, no longer moored to facts, naturally requires the defender to cast off his moorings as well.


My question: Why would anyone champion such an entity?


Whatever the answer to that question, it's a task Thiessen takes up with gusto.


His Op-Ed for July 23 provides a good example of this disregard for reality. In it he begs Trump to stop making fun of Biden's mental lapses, feeling this would not sit well with senior voters and might create sympathy for him in general. Obviously, asking Trump to stop making fun of anyone is one big disconnect from the real world. You might as well ask him to stop lying, or for the sun to stop shining.


But Thiessen's most important divergence from reality in the piece was his exaggerated recounting of Biden's lack of mental acuity. That is not to say Biden doesn't have lapses, he certainly does, but for every verbal stumble, every fact forgotten — I'll raise you 20 examples of Trump fumbling far worse.


Biden may momentarily forget the words of the Constitution, but unlike Trump, he understands the Constitution. Biden may misspeak a statistic about COVID-19, but he'll never suggest that injecting Clorox might be a cure. And unlike Trump, Biden actually cares about the 167,000 Americans who have died from the disease and would never dismissively brush the numbers off with "it is what it is," as Trump did.


In Thiessen's latest piece (Aug. 6), he insists (among other alternate facts) that the reason an agreement has not been reached on a new relief package is because Democrats won't compromise and are putting selfish interests ahead of Americans. He utterly ignores the fact that the GOP-led Senate did not even begin the process until mere days before the deadline. The Democrats were ready months ago.


As to the Dems’ refusal to compromise? The House bill contained about $3 trillion in aid, the Senate version only $1 trillion. Democrats have trimmed this to $2 trillion, meeting the GOP halfway halfway! Apparently in Thiessen's view, compromise means Democrats should become Republicans.


As to their supposed selfishness — this from a defender of Trump, the world's most selfish narcissist. Talk about ignoring reality. But, sadly, that's what Republican commentators are reduced to in the era of Trump.


Thomas Muther is a retired RN, lifelong resident of Topeka and longtime human rights activist.