Today we lead with Possum Princess Elmira Gantry:
Q I wanted to bring up some unfinished business. When you were named Press Secretary, because there was so much focus on the other announcement, that you only had a chance to talk about the job in one question. So I wanted to give you a chance to answer two questions that all of your predecessors faced. The first one is, what is your overall approach to the job, especially in terms of balancing whether you’re serving the President or serving the public? And secondly, do you see any circumstances where it’s appropriate to lie from the podium?
MS. SANDERS: I’ll take the second one first. Absolutely not. I don’t think it’s appropriate to lie from the podium or any other place.
And with that as background, we note that Elmira is now defending Comrade Preznint Stupid’s admitted lies:
Reporter: “Why did the president say that he received a phone call from the leader of the Boy Scouts and the president of Mexico when he did not? Did he lie?”
Sanders: “No, on Mexico, he was referencing the conversation that they had had at the G-20 Summit, where they specifically talked about the issues that he referenced. In terms of the Boy Scouts, multiple members of the Boy Scout leadership, following his speech there that day, congratulated him, praised him, and offered quite — I’m looking for the word — quite powerful compliments following his speech. And those were what those references were about.”
Reporter: “But the president specifically said that he received a phone call from the president of Mexico and the leader…”
Sanders: “They were actually direct — they were direct conversations, not actual phone calls.”
Reporter: “So he lied; he didn’t receive a phone call?”
Sanders: “I wouldn’t say it was a lie. That’s a pretty bold accusation. The conversations took place. They just simply didn’t take place over a phone call; he had them in person.”
As we said yesterday, he hears voices in his head. He thinks the voices in his head come over the phone. So is Elmira saying that it is not a lie if Hair Führer thinks it is the truth?
So, a lie is not a lie, even if lied from the podium. And that’s the baseline for veracity in The Fourth Reich.
And as long as we are talking about the lies, this whopper was the result of a profile of him in Golf Magazine in which he states “That White House is a real dump.”:
I love the White House, one of the most beautiful buildings (homes) I have ever seen. But Fake News said I called it a dump – TOTALLY UNTRUE
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2017
And so the author of the Golf story
Alan Shipnuck, who reported the 7,424-word story, defended his work in a podcast on Wednesday. Shipnuck said he had an “enlightening” conversation with White House aide Hope Hicks, who demanded a retraction.
“I explained to her: It’s not a lie. The president said this in front of eight or nine members and staffers at Bedminster,” he said, calling it a “moment of candor” for the president. “The week of the U.S. Women’s Open, I heard the same story told by two or three different other sources. This is certainly a moment that has already passed into legend at Trump Bedminster. It might be inconvenient for her boss and she might wish he didn’t say it, but it’s not a lie.”
So with multiple witnesses and a reporter (who no doubt has the various independent witnesses on some sort of recording telling him the story), Preznint Stupid lies again.