The euphemism used by much of the media to describe the presidential campaign of Donald Trump is “unconventional.” Were it not for restrictions on what can and can’t be said on the air, the better term might be “clusterf**k.” And as much of a disaster as the candidate is, the surrogates he puts forward are worse.
One of those surrogates, Katrina Pierson, appeared on CNN on Tuesday evening, where she blamed President Obama and Hillary Clinton for the death of Capt. Humayun Khan. Apparently she had no clue that Khan was killed in 2004, during the presidency of George W. Bush, when Clinton was in the U.S. Senate and Barack Obama was a state senator in Illinois.
Missing such a basic fact would shame a spokesman for a normal campaign, and might even cost him or her their job. But not with Trump. Just like their fearless leader, Trump surrogates have no shame or humility, so Pierson was right back on CNN on Wednesday morning, where New Day hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman destroyed her with facts.
Camerota begins by telling Pierson she wants to give her a chance to correct her statement blaming President Obama for Capt. Khan’s death. A normal, rational person would say something like “I misspoke” and close the issue right there. But not Pierson.
After Camerota plays a clip of Khan’s father Khizr, who asks Trump and his surrogates to “show some respect,” she asks Pierson if she would like to apologize to Mr. Khan.
Pierson screws up her face, then says that she was talking about the fact that Trump had nothing to do with the death of Capt. Khan. But nobody ever said that he did. Then she pivots to blame Clinton for voting for the Iraq war, and says President Obama made things worse “by invading more countries” and “changing the rules of engagement.”
Camerota looks like she can’t believe what she is hearing. “But he was killed in 2004,” she says over Pierson’s anti-Obama rant.
When Pierson finally stops, Camerota repeats herself. “But he was killed in 2004, when George W. Bush was president,” she says.
“And Donald Trump wasn’t there. That was the only point,” Pierson shoots back. Then she returns to her straw man argument claiming that Trump is being blamed for Capt. Khan’s death.
“But you were blaming President Obama,” Camerota responds.
Host John Berman steps in and quotes Pierson’s words from Tuesday night back to her. “President Obama and Hillary Clinton changed the rules of engagement that probably cost his life,” is what he quotes Pierson as saying.
“You do acknowledge now that there you were just wrong,” Berman says.
At that point Pierson has to admit she either lied or knows nothing about how Humayun Khan died. “Well, absolutely,” she says. “That’s why I used ‘probably.'” Then she returns to the straw man and proceeds to knock it down again:
Since then, we have had tens of thousands of soldiers that have been lost. One million wounded. Six trillion dollars later, how can we possibly put any of the onerous [sic] on Donald Trump? It is absolutely absurd. And that’s why you see all this confusion surrounding the issue. Because Donald Trump had absolutely nothing to do with it.
“But no one was blaming Donald Trump for Capt. Khan’s death,” Camerota says. “You were blaming President Obama, and he wasn’t president yet.”
CNN commentator Bakhari Sellers jumps in, and calls out Pierson and the entire Trump campaign for nonsense like this. He says,
This is the type of fact-free environment that we’re living in… To actually blame a sitting state senator in Illinois for changing the rules of engagement in 2004 and causing the death of this great war hero is the height of irresponsibility. But the further you get deep down to the bones of the Trump campaign and the fact that Katrina Pierson won’t even apologize this morning, is indicitive not just of her, but it’s indicitive of the top of this campaign.
The discussion continues for over three more minutes, with Pierson continually trying to distort the facts while Camerota and Berman call her out on one lie after another. This is a truly amazing segment to watch. Just like their master, Trump surrogates lie on a regular basis. And when caught in those lies, they don’t disavow, they don’t claim to have misspoken, they merely insist that what they said was the truth and proceed to defend their statements by turning them into something other than what they actually said.
At the rate it seems to be imploding, will the Trump campaign be able to survive until Labor Day, let alone election day?
Here is the segment, via CNN: