When we were kids, we had opposite day. Well, from the beginning with claims of “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period” this has been the opposite presidency.
It seems their answers to important questions are too often the opposite of what’s true. So much that we’ve shifted into a new dimension where the national anthem is “Little Lies” by Fleetwood Mac. The Washington Post has counted more than 3,000 false or misleading claims told by the president so far. It’s almost as if the military officer following the president with the nuclear football also has to carry a fire extinguisher should the leader of the free world’s pants suddenly ignite.
Comedienne Michelle Wolf last weekend raised a red flag in a pointed barb at the president’s spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, that flew right over the heads of the beltway media and others who attended and reported on the White House Correspondents Dinner.
“”I think she’s very resourceful. Like, she burns facts, and then she uses the ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Like, maybe she’s born with it; maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.”’
The media went apoplectic over the “smoky eye” comment and let the White House off the hook on the “burning facts” part of the joke.
That was until Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani went on Hannity and — reportedly to the surprise of many in the White House who traditionally would have been in the loop — started his own bonfire live with kindling made of the Administration and president’s previous statements about the Stormy Daniels affair.
So, what does Sanders say about charges she spreads lies from the White House Press Room podium?
Scandals like the Stormy Daniels affair have hurt governments in the past. No, I’m not talking about the Clinton impeachment.
In the early 1960s, the British Secretary of War, John Profumo, had a sexual relationship with a model named Christine Keeler. Keeler also had a relationship with Soviet naval attaché Captain Yevgeny Ivanov.
The “Profumo Affair” became a huge scandal regarding government security and espionage in the Cold War and led to the defeat of the Conservative Party at the polls in 1964, Prime Minister Harold Macmillan’s resignation, not to mention the end of Profumo’s political career.
Russia’s interference in the 2016 election aside, it’s the Stormy Daniels affair that appears to pose a significant threat to the Administration as evidenced by the slight shift of the political tectonic plates that’s beginning. Reliable Trump-supporting conservatives are beginning to raise questions regarding the issue of truthfulness.
“Let me be clear, Mr. President,” Fox News host Neil Cavuto said yesterday on his program. “How can you drain the swamp if you’re the one who keeps muddying the waters? You didn’t know about the $130,000 payment to a porn star, until you did. Said you knew nothing about how your former lawyer handled this, until you acknowledged today that you were the guy behind the retainer payment that took care of this. You insist that money from the campaign or campaign contributions played no role in this transaction. Of that you’re sure. The thing is, not even 24 hours ago, sir, you couldn’t recall any of this.”
The Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board hit (subscription required) on how the erosion of credibility of information coming from 1600 Pensylvania Avenue spurred by the Stormy Daniels affair could have devastating impacts on the entire nation.
“Mr. Trump’s public deceptions are surely relevant to his job as President, and the attempted cover-up has done greater harm than any affair would have. Mr. Trump asked Americans, not least his supporters, to believe his claims about the payments. They were false and conveniently so in putting the onus on Mr. Cohen. Now, as more of the story has emerged, he wants everyone to believe a new story that he could have told the first time.”
The WSJ’s Editorial Board concluded, “Mr. Trump is compiling a record that increases the likelihood that few will believe him during a genuine crisis — say, a dispute over speaking with special counsel Robert Mueller or a nuclear showdown with Kim Jong Un. Mr. Trump should worry that Americans will stop believing anything he says.”
Now, it’s our responsibility as Americans to follow George Carlin’s wise advice he shared on his final tour before his death, “Question everything!”
“[It’s] not important to get children to read. Children who wanna read are gonna read. Kids who want to learn to read are going to learn to read,” Carlin said. “[It’s] much more important to teach children to QUESTION what they read. Children should be taught to question everything. To question everything they read, everything they hear. Children should be taught to question authority. Parents never teach their children to question authority because parents are authority figures themselves, and they don’t want to undermine their own bullshit inside the household. So they stroke the kid and the kid strokes them, and they all stroke each other, all grow up all fucked up, and they come to shows like this.”
Ryan Banfill formerly served as press secretary to Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles, communications director for the Florida Democratic Party and is currently communications director for the Florida Justice Association.