Do I need to do one of these every day? Maybe so. I have this dogged feeling I need to keep up. Fortunately, there is no shortage of material. I have a man working for me at $400,000+ a year who makes sure of that.
The video above shows an episode of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon and some respondents:
- Kevin Madden, “senior advisor to and spokesman for Mitt Romney’s 2012 U.S. presidential campaign” (lower left)
- Andre Bauer, 87th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina from 2003 to 2011, member of the Republican Party, member of the South Carolina House of Representatives (1996–1999), member of the South Carolina State Senate (1999–2003) (lower right)
- Michael D’Antonio, biographer CNN (upper left)
- Karine Jean-Pierre, “American political campaign organizer, activist, political commentator, and lecturer in international and public affairs at Columbia University” (upper right)
The exchange is amusing, even for those not easily amused. We know there’s going to be humor as Lemon opens, announcing the topic will be “Presidential Fact or Fiction.” We suspect he is talking about President Donald Trump’s lies. He is:
President Trump sometimes seems to be operating from his own set of facts.
He seems, Don? He seems? You are a master of the obvious. Lemon brings up the various mis-characterizations made by the current president early in his tenure. Are people in the Trump administration “going to have to admit something?” Kevin Madden chimes in:
I think an admission for the White House would be a concession, and it’s just not in Donald Trump’s DNA to ever back off, to ever relent, to ever concede.
He goes on to say these features have been imprinted in Trump’s DNA (basic blueprint) as a businessman and now as a politician. I can only guess this is what you learn growing up in the mean streets of Jamaica Estates in Queens Borough, New York City. He must not, at no time, ever admit any kind of deceit.
The prize goes to Andre Bauer, who seems to hold a patent on deflection. After hearing out Madden’s discourse on the Trump administration’s tiptoeing through a pasture of mendacity, Lemon asks Bauer to respond. He does so, magnificently. He says:
Sure, he keeps throwing the stick, and the media keeps chasing it.
Imagining this crisis in government credibility as a game while at the same time converting “media” to a singular noun. He goes on:
Credibility is in the eye of the beholder.
Apparently it is, Mr. Bauer, completely devoid of any sense of irony. He continues, after some rambling:
The media takes him seriously and not literally. [emphasis added]
There are those among us who falsely believe that literally means seriously. We have been mistaken before. Bauer continues:
His voters take him seriously and not literally… [emphasis added]
Believe your eyes. These are exact quotes from the video. By this time you, much the same as I, are beginning to wonder where Bauer plans to go with this. Let us see:
And there is a vast difference. They want somebody who’s fighting for them. Some of these things we are talking about in the media, they’re not interested in. It doesn’t directly affect their life.
Right. Trump voters are not concerned that the President is a congenital liar, averaging more than one whopper a day since his inauguration. They don’t care that Trump falsely accused President Obama of ordering wiretaps on his phones in Trump Tower, and they don’t care that the Justice Department (which reports to Donald Trump) is investigating mounting evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and an unfriendly foreign power. They care that there will be a wall keeping Mexicans out and that nobody will get government money who has not worked for it. The problem is, many of the people who voted for Donald Trump depend on illegal foreign labor and are receiving government handouts. There is a famous meme crisscrossing the Internet that goes something like:
“I never thought a leopard would eat my face,” sobs a woman who voted for the Leopards Eating People’s Faces Party.
Facebook exchanges reflect an interesting parallel. Facebook friend Dan posted:
For those who think government controls are moral and a free market is not.
This is also evidence that Paul Krugman and Robert Reich are spouting falsehoods
I was struck by the irony of a Trump supporter talking about falsehoods, and I responded with a catty remark and with a link:
Competition is rough out there. https://skeptic78240.wordpress.com/…/snowflake-in…/
Meaning, if you plan to compete with Trump you better complete spring training first. Dan’s response is the kind I love:
“It has come to the point the President of the United States is being called a congenital liar on mainline news. When was the last time this happened? Oh, right…”
Yes, when the last Liar in Chief said “You can keep your plan. You can keep your Doctor…” among other things.
They are politicians. We expect what, honesty, integrity, truth, thrift?
Readers need to keep in mind that Dan is generally anti-government overreach, and Trump earns only passing favor. However, his response is classic Trump defender. It’s right up there with, “So’s your old man!” I was reminded of Dan while watching Andre Bauer defending Trump’s lies.
Readers are invited to watch the remainder of the video. Don Lemon drags out all the videos from 45 years ago, highlighting Richard Nixon’s war with the media. It’s an echo of what we hear from Trump these days. Those of my ilk see a delicate persona with a tissue-thin skin, unaccustomed to the slightest rebuff. Defenders see a politician tough as asphalt paving, who can bullshit his way out of any mess. It didn’t work with McCarthy, and it didn’t work with Nixon. Indications are it’s not working with Trump. Washington is a town that will tear a man down just to get a piece of his skin, and Trump is losing friends faster than a dead rat shedding fleas.
And I am enjoying every minute of it. Keep reading.