When you’re free to lie, ‘spin’ is easy

This, according to the Washington Post, is what White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway had to say about remarks made recently:

“The joke is no laughing matter …These things are real… (the comments could) easily inflame lunatics who wish to bring harm.”

No, she was not criticizing (Lord forbid) her current boss, she was responding to questions about comments actor Johnny Depp made about President Trump. Depp said about Trump: “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

For the record Depp quickly apologized and he was certainly wrong to say what he did. But this is about Ms. Conway.

Conway called Depp a “nut job” and said his statement was “not a slip of the tongue” but rather a deliberate attempt to spread “vile” ideas that could “easily inflame lunatics who wish to bring harm.”

This from a front-line, non-apologetic defender of a man (Trump) who on his campaign:

  • Said: “I’ll beat the crap out of you” to a rally attendee
  • Said about a tussle at one of his rallies: “The audience hit back. That’s what we need a little bit more of.”
  • Said to supporters roughing up protestors at a Trump rally: “Try not to hurt them. If you do, I’ll defend you in court, don’t worry about it.”

And more.

Hypocritical? To say the least. The only thing that approaches the crazy things and lies that President Trump utters are the comments made by his staff and supporters to defend his childish insults and lies.. Poor Sean Spicer has twisted himself into knots defending what Trump has said only hours later to be contradicted by Trump

Conway though may just take the prize for hypocrisy. Here is a woman who it seems would say anything to defend her boss, who that boss may be. Before she signed on as Trump’s campaign manager, Conway was a senior person on the presidential primary campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz, a Trump opponent then.

In that guise, Conway said things about Trump such as:

  • You’re (Trump) for the little guy, but you’ve built your business on the backs of the little guy,’” Conway told CNN.
  • She urged Trump to release his tax returns. And now she supports his refusal to release them.

And more.

For a candidate who claimed on the campaign not to be a politician, Trump as president is the biggest pol of them all, and has hired on pols who belong in the Hypocrite Hall of Fame and/or the Turncoat Hall of Fame. Trump drops promises like you’d drop a hot poker.

And his people have taken the word “spin” to a new never-before-seen-from-the-White- House level.

He said he’d never touch Medicaid or Medicare and now is supporting a Senate health care bill that does just that. He was against trade with China before he was for it. He promised “insurance for everyone” but now is taking insurance away from people.
And more.

Trump, therefore, i guess is a leader. He leads the way for his followers to lie just like he does.

Former deputy White House press secretary (Reagan and Bush 41) and former head of communications at Republican Natl Committee. My blog: bjaycooper.com.

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