The audacity of Donald Trump and his cadre of confederates never ceases to amaze. When they aren’t inciting their cult disciples to vigilantism or insurrection, they’re manufacturing “scandals” to malign President Biden, Democrats, or anyone else they perceive to be enemies.
So much of the right-wing playbook is focused on projection and lying that it’s become a routine part of their daily blather. And on Sunday Trump’s former press secretary – and current Fox News co-host of Outnumbered – Kayleigh McEnany, delivered a speech before the ultra-rightist college organization, Turning Point USA. In the course of her remarks she reminded everyone of her most notable skill: Straight-faced lying:
“And then there was the question, ‘Will you ever lie to us?’ And I said without hesitation, ‘No!’ And I never did. As a woman of faith, as a mother of baby Blake, as a person who meticulously prepared at some of the world’s hardest institutions, I never lied.”
Seriously? McEnany is actually lying about her lying. And if she expects God to corroborate this blatant dishonesty, she might be in for a surprise bolt of lightening.
McEnany began her tenure as Chief White House Liar within fifteen minutes of her first briefing. And she delivered boatloads of lies throughout her brief turn as Trump’s fourth press secretary. Among some of the gems were…
McEnany said the Mueller report was a “complete and total exoneration” of Trump.
Except that the Mueller report explicitly states that “While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” It laid out 10 instances in which Trump may have obstructed justice.
McEnany said Trump doesn’t use the racist term “kung flu” to describe coronavirus.
Except that he did so many tines, and it’s all on video.
McEnany said that Trump’s tax returns are under audit and can’t be released.
Except that Trump’s own lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has admitted that the tax returns are not under audit. And in any case, there is nothing preventing someone from releasing returns even if they are being audited.
McEnany said there is “ample evidence of fraud” when it comes to the absentee system and vote by mail.
Except that there actually is no evidence whatsoever, as was documented by the Chair of the Republican Party and even Trump’s own top election security official (whom he subsequently fired). What’s more, Trump and company lost over sixty court cases, failing to provide evidence.
And in a grand example of dishonest hubris, McEnany famously said that “No. I don’t believe the President has lied.”
Except that Trump has been documented to have lied more than 30,000 times in his one-term presidency.
And let’s not forget that McEnany was Trump’s primary proponent of the “Big Lie” that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him. That led to the deadly Capitol Hill insurrection, which McEnany also lied about. She claimed “everyone felt just completely condemning the actions of that day.” But the reality was described at the time by former Trump aides who said that “Trump enjoyed watching the events unfold. He was ‘loving watching the Capitol mob.'” Trump himself, in reluctant remarks made hours after the riots began, told the rioters that “We love you,” and that “You’re very special.”
Finally, McEnany callously lied about the estimated number of deaths from the coronavirus, and what Trump’s responsibility was.
For the record, PolitiFact has compiled McEnany’s remarks and categorized their truthfulness. She scored 56% as either “Mostly False, “False,” or “Pants on Fire.” There were only 14% “Half True,” 28% “Mostly True” and 0% “True.” But sure, she says that, with God as her witness, she has never told a lie.
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