Thursday, June 15, 2017

Whom do you Believe?

“The President is not a liar.”

It is easy, and entirely appropriate, to paint President Trump as the less believable party in the Trump/Comey dispute. ( And he himself is fond of pointing this out: “They’re out to get us … “ ). That may be possible … but I think it is because of his habitual lying.

I saw candidate Trump mock a disabled journalist. I saw him deny doing it.

I heard him
say – or perhaps only read that he said, “I fired him for his handling of Clinton’s emails.” Later, “I fired him because of Russia.” Still later, “He’s a nut case.”

To this I wonder, “If he is such a nut case, why didn’t President Trump let him go ( much ) earlier?”

( And this doesn’t touch the contradictions between his stories about this and the stories of his surrogates, who said, about Comey’s firing, “He followed through on the advice of Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein,” while he himself said, “I was going to do it regardless.” )

After the media reported that President Trump had divulged secret information to Russia, I heard, or maybe only read, President Trump’s spokespeople deny that he had done so. I heard President Trump admit, “I divulged classified stuff, but it’s OK. I’m the President.”

I heard President Trump tell John Dickerson, “The FBI is in disarray, a total mess. Everyone knows it.” I heard an FBI spokesperson, to set the record straight, tell a Senate committee that the FBI is not in disarray and it had faith in Comey.

Paul Ryan offered excuses for President Trump’s asking Comey to back off the Russian investigation. I’m thinking, “He must not have gotten the memo claiming that President Trump didn’t do that.”

I heard a female presidential spokesperson not named KellyAnne Conway declare to members of the media, “The President is not a liar.”

OK, then, “Why would she have to say that? Was it the same reason Nixon said, ‘I am not a crook’?”

President Trump tweeted that Comey had better hope there were no tapes of our conversations. When each was subsequently asked about this:

Comey: “I hope there were. Yes. Please!”
President Trump: “I’ll answer that question sometime in the future.”
( “Right after he  divulges his tax returns?” )

The abuser who engages in Gaslighting Abuse engages in “… a form of manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or members of a group, hoping to make targets question their own memory, perception, and sanity.” This happened to me, a bit, as I wrote this.

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