The Saturday Night Live skit writes itself: Donald Trump’s press secretary is fighting with reporters over whether or not Trump wears or owns a bathrobe.
“I don’t think the President wears a bathrobe, and definitely doesn’t own one.” – Not Melissa McCarthy
Yesterday, the New York Times released a damning article documenting the disturbing behaviors of Trump in the White House. Staffers, clueless and inept, are reduced to having meetings in the dark because they can’t even figure out how to use the White House light switches. Trump, unhappy and isolated, is reportedly reaching “Hitler’s final days in the bunker” levels of depression. A minor detail in the story reported that Trump mopes around the residency in his bathrobe watching television.
Aides confer in the dark because they cannot figure out how to operate the light switches in the cabinet room. Visitors conclude their meetings and then wander around, testing doorknobs until finding one that leads to an exit. In a darkened, mostly empty West Wing, Mr. Trump’s provocative chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, finishes another 16-hour day planning new lines of attack.
Usually around 6:30 p.m., or sometimes later, Mr. Trump retires upstairs to the residence to recharge, vent and intermittently use Twitter. With his wife, Melania, and young son, Barron, staying in New York, he is almost always by himself, sometimes in the protective presence of his imposing longtime aide and former security chief, Keith Schiller. When Mr. Trump is not watching television in his bathrobe or on his phone reaching out to old campaign hands and advisers, he will sometimes set off to explore the unfamiliar surroundings of his new home.
To be clear, the least disturbing detail in this surreal, pathetic tale of Trump’s misery in office is the part about the bathrobe.
So guess which part Sean Spicer took issue with? Yep, the bathrobe.
“That story was so riddled with inaccuracies and lies that they owe the President an apology for the way that thing was written,” he told reporters aboard Air Force One. “There were literally blatant factual errors, and it’s unacceptable to see that kind of reporting.”
He identified one detail in the piece that rang false.
“I don’t think the President wears a bathrobe, and definitely doesn’t own one,” he said.
What’s truly bizarre about this particular Spicer lie is just how unnecessary it was. It’s easily disproven (numerous pictures of Trump wearing bathrobes exists), and only serves to reinforce the troubling maxim that asks if the Trump administration will lie about the small stuff what will they do when they’re faced with the big stuff?
— Yashar (@yashar) February 6, 2017
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