Lying Liars

The Trump White House Lied About Everything, Again

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

At this point it feels redundant to point out that virtually every single person who works at the White House is a lying liar, but this is more blatant than usual.

The White House, from the vice president himself down to the official spokespersons and lizard lady Kellyanne Conway, said Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because Attorney General Jeff Session and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommended it, but that was a lie.

Trump himself now says he made the decision to fire Comey before asking Rosenstein to write a memo justifying it.

“I was going to fire Comey. My decision,” Trump said in an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt. “I was going to fire Comey. There’s no good time to do it, by the way.”

Holt pointed out that in his letter of termination to Comey, Trump said he “accepted” the department’s recommendations regarding Comey’s fate.

“You had already made the decision?” Holt asked.

“Oh, I was going to fire regardless of recommendation,” Trump said. “Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey.”

It's possible Trump lied to his own staff and they merely repeated the lie, but I don't think they're owed the benefit of a doubt. It certainly appears that none of them have the dignity or self-respect to resign or admit that their initial story was a fabrication, so why not hold them equally accountable?

It's darkly comedic that Emailghazi is still being used as a pretext for acts of bad faith, and being used against people who perpetuated it in the first place.

I once wrote that Emailghazi would eventually be used against Republicans by the Trump regime if they ever tried to investigate him, but I didn't imagine it would be used against the FBI director who helped Trump win.

Everything Trump touches turns to shit and everyone who works with him is eventually humiliated.

  • mnpollio

    And they deserve every ounce of humiliation that comes their way. In fact, I would venture say that there may not be enough humiliation that could be directed at them. At this point, every single person working with, supporting and propping up Trump is a reckless enabler deserving of the same amount of condemnation and disdain directed at their boss.

  • ninjaf

    His ego won’t allow him to let anyone else think that he isn’t The Decider (to borrow a W-era term) even if it means he is getting himself into hot water. He has no ability to strategize and stick to it. he says he isn’t playing chess with his policies, to which I reply, “No, shit, Sherlock.” You aren’t fooling anyone but yourself and your sycophants.

  • Badgerite

    No need to explain. Everyone already knows why he fired Comey. And as Bob said, it rhymes with Shmussia.

  • muselet

    During the campaign, Donald Trump said his foreign policy would be unpredictable, a stance quickly dubbed the “Madman Theory.” The notion was that acting like a barking lunatic would keep other countries off-balance and give a strategic advantage to the US.

    Day by day, we’re learning that Trump has decided to apply the Madman Theory to everything he does.

    This. Is. Not. Normal.

    –alopecia

    • Draxiar

      And yet trump has been predictably hooked more times than a bass in a bucket.

  • Aynwrong

    This entire episode seems like Trump himself. Scatterbrained.

    • Tony Lavely

      There you go, being polite again!

      • Aynwrong

        We all have our flaws.

        This entire episode is like Trump himself. Scatterbrained Corrupt as hell and fucked in the head.

        Better?

        • Tony Lavely

          Unfortunately, more accurate, I think.
          However, I’m hard pressed to agree that being polite is any kind of flaw, and I didn’t mean it be taken that way.

  • Nefercat

    I wonder if it suddenly occurred to the addlepated orange toad, right in the middle of the interview, that acting on the recommendation of others makes it appear that he is not in charge and that he takes advice from lesser beings than his glorious self.

    So he blurts out that the recommendations were meaningless because, by god, he had already made the decision to fire Comey.

    • Aynwrong

      Given Trump’s ego that’s a very real possibility.

  • I just finished watching The Fall on Netflix–a British story about a serial killer. At one point the lead actress says about the killer, “…he’s still infecting the lives of every person he comes into contact with. Everyone who fucking crosses his path. He’s a contagion.” Of course, I thought of Trump.

    • JMAshby

      Good series

    • Aynwrong

      Is Gillian Anderson in that show?

      • Nefercat

        Yes. I stumbled across the series and liked it very much.

      • Yep, and she was excellent.

    • ninjaf

      I really liked that show. I hope they do something more with it. And I try to tell people not to judge Jamie Dornan based on the “50 Shades” franchise (which I admittedly have never seen because it looks so bad); instead, watch him in this series.

      • Agree. Dornan was fantastic as the killer and so was Anderson as the investigator. Very subtle performances and a little slower paced than most American dramas…but that’s why I liked it. I love good character dramas.

        • ninjaf

          Yes! This is exactly what we said when we were watching it. It has led us to check out more BBC content for that very reason.