The most thankless job in the country is the person tasked with going on national television to defend the insane things Donald Trump says on a day-to-day basis. Most of the time, Trump’s rants are fact-free and indefensible. It’s why after months at the job, Kellyanne Conway’s brain appears to be completely broken. It’s why Trump’s former closest surrogate has been reduced to screaming sexist slurs at female journalists on Twitter. And it’s why Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of Mike Huckabee, imploded before our eyes this morning.
Her task was exceedingly difficult: Justify Trump’s delusional rant about Obama ordering the wiretapping of his phone at Trump Tower. It was an inflammatory, serious charge that has no basis in fact. The White House has offered zero proof. Trump himself appears to have gotten the information from white nationalist website Breitbart, which, in turn, lifted it from disgraced right-wing radio host Mark Levin. Trump’s own staff have admitted they have no idea what Trump is talking about.
How does one defend that as anything other than a sign that our president is suffering from a deep mental illness? Sanders doesn’t even try. Instead she starts spewing lies out faster than ABC’s Martha Raddatz can debunk them. A masterclass in bullshitting.
WH spox claims there have been multiple reports prompting Trump’s claims. About Obama wiretapping him? That’s false. pic.twitter.com/dWViNN3qRj
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 5, 2017
When Raddatz asks where Trump is getting his information, Sanders claims it was reported in the New York Times and the BBC. That’s lie Number One. Then she calls for a congressional investigation into these claims – again, claims that have no evidence beyond Trump’s tweets.
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Sanders again claims it’s the New York Times that reported on the Obama wiretap. And again Raddatz points out that that is a lie.
Ignoring the fact that her lies had just been debunked, Sanders slanders former President Obama by comparing him to Nixon during Watergate. She still had yet to provide even a shred of evidence to support those lies.
At the end of the clip, Raddatz scorches Sanders for Trump’s use of anonymous sources for these claims. Trump, as recently as last week, was saying anonymous sources should be made illegal and slammed any news source which used them as “fake news.” Now that the anonymous sources help him justify smearing President Obama, he loves them. Sanders is like a deer in headlights. It’s painful to watch as she flails.
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