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Why Republicans Dutifully Defend Trump’s Most Ridiculous Lies

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Why Republicans Dutifully Defend Trump’s Most Ridiculous Lies

Paul Waldman

March 27, 2017

The Week

http://theweek.com/articles/687872/ why-republicans-dutifully-defend-trumps-most-ridiculous-lies

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In the past, presidents have told big lies mostly for one of two reasons. In the midst of scandal or failure, they told lies to protect themselves and deny that they had done wrong: I am not a crook, we did not trade arms for hostages, I did not have sexual relations with that woman. Or they lied to convince the public to go along with a policy initiative, whether a war or a tax cut or a new program, when the truth was insufficiently persuasive.

Unlike his predecessors, President Trump lies for any reason at all.

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I imagine the sinking feeling his aides get when he blurts out another whopper. “Now I’m going to have to go out and defend this,” they say with a sigh, then huddle together to arrive at the least laughable spin they can come up with, so they can rationalize the lie  which Trump will of course be unwilling to retreat from.

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White House staff have little choice but to reinforce, justify, and repeat their boss’ lies, though I suppose they could retain some shred of dignity and integrity by quitting. But what about Trump’s fellow Republicans, particularly the ones in Congress? They’re in an uncomfortable position, knowing that he’s still popular with the GOP base and so not having his back could have electoral costs. Being a “maverick” might sound appealing, but not when it’s going to cost you lots of votes or hinder your ability to work with the rest of the party on your legislative priorities.

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So with just a few exceptions, Republicans have chosen to get in line when Trump goes off on one of his near-daily flights of fantasy. Or at the very least, they try to avoid the subject and run from reporters who might bring it up. But they can’t escape the taint of this presidency, and the longer it goes, the more likely each one of them is to get dirty.

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Consider this remarkable interview Trump did with Time, in which he argued that it was fine for him to claim that Barack Obama tapped his phones, because: “When I said wiretapping, it was in quotes. Because a wiretapping is, you know today it is different than wiretapping. It is just a good description. But wiretapping was in quotes.” Before we go on, let’s acknowledge that even this idiotic explanation is false; I refer you to this tweet, free of any quotation marks or vague references that might be interpreted to refer broadly to surveillance:

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Donald J. Trump ? @realDonaldTrump
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!
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Nevertheless, this is one of Trump’s common explanations for his lies, that he didn’t actually lie if he got the lie from somebody else (“Well, I’m not, well, I think, I’m not saying, I’m quoting, Michael, I’m quoting highly respected people and sources from major television networks”). When asked whether the country will be able to believe him when he asks for their trust during a future crisis, he responded, “The country believes me. Hey. I went to Kentucky two nights ago, we had 25,000 people in a massive basketball arena.” In other words: People can trust that I tell the truth because my fans still come out to see me.

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