Sunday, August 19, 2018


This seems like a really bad gaffe, but conservatives won't see it as one:
President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Sunday claimed "truth isn't truth" when trying to explain why the president should not testify for special counsel Robert Mueller for fear of being trapped into a lie that could lead to a perjury charge.

“When you tell me that, you know, he should testify because he’s going to tell the truth and he shouldn’t worry, well that’s so silly because it’s somebody’s version of the truth. Not the truth,” Giuliani told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning

“Truth is truth,” Todd responded.

“No, no, it isn’t truth,” Giuliani said. “Truth isn’t truth. The President of the United States says, “I didn’t ...”

A startled Todd answered: “Truth isn’t truth?”

Giuliani: “No, no, no.”

Todd said: “This is going to become a bad meme.“

It was appalling when Kellyanne Conway talked about "alternative facts" last year, but nobody cared apart from people who already disapproved of Trump. This will be more of the same. We can have a laugh over it, but it won't matter in the long run.

Some on the right may have been embarrassed by "alternative facts," but what Giuliani said today won't be embarrassing to them because they believe what he said afterward.

Donald Trump says I didn’t talk about Flynn with Comey. Comey says you did talk about it, so tell me what the truth is.


Don McGahn might know.


-- they have two pieces of evidence, Trump says I didn’t tell them and the other guy says that he did say it, which is the truth? Maybe you know because you’re a genius.


At that point, you’re right. Under two people, I, no, you’re right. I don’t read minds on that front. Let me ask you this final question.


No, we have, we have, no, no, no, let me finish. We have a credibility gap between the two of them. You’ve got to select one or the other. Now, who do you think Mueller’s going to select? One of his best friends, Comey, or the president who he has been carrying on a completely wild, crazy--


It it possible--


--unorthodox investigation.
In the eyes of the right, everyone connected to the Russia investigation is a liar. To them, it's obvious that Trump will tell the 100% scout's-honor truth if he ever testifies, and Mueller will twist it into a lie because he's pure evil, as are all his Deep State friends and associates. To right-wingers, the entire investigation is an exercise in bad faith (and a projection of guilt on the part of the Clinton campaign and the Justice Department, who are the true colluders with Russia). So, to the right, of course "truth isn't truth," because the people deciding what truth is are evil Democrat liars.

After Watergate, Republicans conceded the guilt of Nixon and his associates. Modern Republicans will never acknowledge any wrongdoing on the part of Trump and his circle, and will never talk of the Russia investigation as anything other than an act of raw politics.

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