MSNBC’s Deadline: White House anchor Nicolle Wallace used multiple synonyms for ‘lie’ while examining the credibility of President Donald Trump and his administration.
Wallace began her show with of lies featuring former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Vice President Mike Pence and President Trump.
“What you just listened to was a series of mistruths, falsehoods and inaccuracies,” Wallace concluded. “Whatever you want to call them, those statements were just flat-out untrue, no matter how forcefully they were shouted.”
“Why this pattern of deceit? Is it possible they all misremembered the facts or is it something else?” Wallace asked.
Wallace then suggested her views read a new column by Michael Gerson, who served as the chief speechwriter in the George W. Bush White House.
"A spectacular accumulation of lies. Lies on disclosure forms. Lies at confirmation hearings. Lies in the White House briefing room. Lies to the FBI. Self-protective lies by the attorney general. Blocking and tackling lies by Vice President Pence." https://t.co/lhuEwDG8HR
— Michael Gerson (@MJGerson) November 17, 2017
“I feel like we ride the president pretty hard in a minute-by-minute fact-checking manner, but to see him lay out the whole case was stunning,” Wallace noted.
“To hear him go through it categorically is frightening,” the Rev. Al Sharpton agreed. “We’re talking about really tearing down the very fabric of what the country is supposed to stand for in the highest office.”
“There are some criticisms that the White House staff seems immune to, this branding the entire Trump administration as a group of liars seems like one that might get under their skin,” Wallace predicted.
“The White House only exists in service to this president and his beliefs, and his reality is his reality — there’s no changing it,” Eli Stokols, White House reporter for The Wall Street Journal replied. “So he’s not going to be shamed by any incoherence or demonstrable untruth, he just won’t be.”
“Putin lies to his face and he believes him, the truth smacks him in the head and he doesn’t,” Wallace observed.
“Trump is concerned primarily with his base, people who are motivated by grievance,” Stokols explained.