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06/27/2016 11:59 am ET

Trump Surrogate Dismisses Fact-Checking As 'Elitist' And 'Out Of Touch'

Facts. Who needs 'em, right?

We're not making this up. But even if we were, apparently CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord wouldn't have a problem with it.

In a baffling segment Saturday, the Donald Trump supporter told CNN's Brian Stelter he doesn't think fact-checkers -- as in, people who verify whether politicians are using actual facts or just making stuff up -- have a place in today's political campaigns.

Lord's comments came in response to a question from Stelter, who asked if Trump should "be more careful" in his speeches, given that fact-checking is critical of Trump "across the board." 

"I honestly don’t think this 'fact-checking' business ... is anything more than one more out of touch, elitist media-type thing," Lord said. "I don’t think people out here in America care. What they care about are what the candidates say." 

I honestly don’t think this 'fact-checking' business ... is anything more than one more out of touch, elitist media-type thing. Jeffrey Lord, Donald Trump supporter

In lieu of independent fact-checkers, Lord suggested we listen to what the candidates say and just accept everything as fact, unless it's countered by the opposing campaign.

"I think the best fact-checkers in a presidential campaign are the opponents — in this case Hillary and Donald Trump," Lord added. "I think they do a better job of countering the assumptions of the other candidate than fact-checkers."

Inspired by that sentiment, here are some "facts" about Jeffrey Lord we haven't bothered to fact-check, because unless he counters our assumptions, they must be true!

  • Jeffrey Lord hates puppies.
  • Jeffrey Lord enjoys listening to Nickelback.
  • Jeffrey Lord chews with his mouth open.
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