On Friday, Keith Olbermann revived a 1973 column by satirist Art Buchwald called “Handy Excuses for Nixon Backers” which gave a list of rote responses supporters of Richard Nixon could use to deflect pointed questions about the Watergate scandal.
The words Buchwald wrote on July 12 of that tumultuous summer sound eerily like the list of excuses President Donald Trump’s supporters use to defend their continued support of a president who can’t even summon the moral fortitude to wholeheartedly condemn neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.
“In homage and gratitude to Buchwald’s great political insight,” Olbermann said, “I will now read this column.”
In fact, the list sounds eerily familiar.
3 – A President can’t keep track of EVERYTHING his staff does.
4 – The press is blowing this whole thing up.
5 – Whatever Nixon did was for national security.
10 – If you impeach Nixon, you get [Vice President Spiro] Agnew.
14 – People would be against Nixon no matter what he did.
28 – I’m sick and tired of hearing about Watergate and so is everyone else.
A growing chorus of voices has been calling for Trump to resign — including former Vice President Al Gore — in the wake of his egregious mishandling of the administration’s response to the deadly violence in Charlottesville, VA last week.
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‘This is a lie’: Lisa Page pummels Trump for telling blatant falsehoods about her at crazed rally
Former FBI attorney Lisa Page on Wednesday called out President Donald Trump for once again lying about her at one of his political rallies.
On Tuesday night, Trump told supporters in Pennsylvania that Page supposedly had to file a restraining order against former FBI agent Peter Strzok, with whom she'd had a relationship during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump hedged his claim by telling his supporters, "That's what I heard, I don't know if it's true."
Page, however, took to Twitter to shred the president for repeating a blatant falsehood.
"This is a lie," she wrote. "Nothing like this ever happened. I wish we had a president who knew how to act like one."
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The president falsely claimed in his response to Charles Payne that Justin Trudeau, along with French president Emmanuel Macron and British prime minister Boris Johnson, were actually angry and not laughing about his bizarre news conference at the NATO summit.
"They were just upset that I demanded they pay their fair share for NATO," Trump claimed, four days after Payne's tweet. "Their countries are delinquent. I raised $530 Billion more from NATO countries! Thank you Charles."
Trump forced to pay up after his charity is exposed as a sham
Donald Trump on Tuesday paid $2 million in damages as part of a settlement over use of his former charity to further his political and business interests -- the latest item on the US president's list of legal woes.
Trump had been accused of using foundation funds to settle lawsuits, promote his Trump-branded hotels, and for personal spending, including the purchase of a portrait of himself to display at one of his golf clubs.
The $2 million was paid equally to eight different charities, including the Children's Aid Society, the United Negro College Fund and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, according to a statement from New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat.