In Act 3, Scene 3 of Othello, the brief scene Iago sets the ground that causes Othello’s jealous rage against his wife, Desdemona, that at the end of the play results in her murder by his hand.

Iago’s villainy seems groundless. Yet at every turn by reinterpreting perfectly sensible and innocent actions as sinister, he eventually destroys his target. After having killed his wife, Othello collapses and dies.

Iago is untrammeled reason who regards evidence as his plaything. It is fake news.

Eventually the facts catch up to him.

Trump’s inauguration crowd was smaller than Obama’s. There is no national emergency for lack of a wall. Climate change is real, caused by human action and supported overwhelmingly by science. The children of the world, our kids, demonstrate. It’s their world, their future.

The evidence is catching up to our President Iago, who has told over 9,000 lies so far, and counting. Iago is jailed. Othello dies. Iago has killed him. Trump will lose the presidency in 2020.

Steven Fortney

City of Stoughton