CNN commentator Chris Cillizza was flummoxed and flabbergasted by White House press secretary Sean Spicer's willingness to lie to the White House press corps when thrown to the wolves in Monday's briefing.
"Have they been keeping Sean Spicer in a soundproof room where he did not know there's an ongoing conversation where Don Jr. admitted in his emails that he was lured by the promise of dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russians?" CNN host Alisyn Camerota asked the Tuesday morning panelists.
Cillizza admitted that the briefing sounded a lot like the one he heard eight days ago before Donald Trump Jr. revealed that he was willing to collude with Russia for dirt on Clinton.
"I do think that Sean Spicer is refusing to give an inch when the truth is obvious," he continued. "I don't know whether it's a concerted effort to kill the daily press briefings, kill them by a lack of information, kill them by misstatement or he thinks that somehow someone believes it, but the evidence -- most people -- sorry, I'm left without words."
"The verbal gymnastics that you're going through are entertaining," admitted Camerota.
"What's hard, Alisyn, most people confronted with something provably, demonstrably false don't say that thing," Cillizza said. "I don't say I can dunk an 11-foot hoop because David Gregory and I will roll out the 11-foot hoop we have back here in D.C. and it will be clear I can jump 8'1". Like, I don't understand why you would say something like this when it takes one internet search to prove you 100 percent absolutely beyond a shadow of a doubt wrong. So, the idea that there's a strategy behind it -- I can confidently say it's a bad strategy."
Watch the full exchange below: