Donald Trump and his administration wasted no time in elevating their lying to a Louvre-worthy art form, but just when you thought there were no new innovations to be made, along comes Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Yes, Sean Spicer marked his first day on the job by screaming demonstrable lies at reporters and commanding them to repeat them, and Kellyanne Conway actually thought up a new synonym for lying, but this week, Sanders went all “Inception” with it by telling a lie within a lie, while she was lying.
Sanders began by telling reporters Trump was right to fire former FBI Director James Comey, and she rattled off a series of lies in support of that lie:
"Comey, by his own self-admission, leaked privileged government information. Weeks before President Trump fired him, Comey testified that an FBI agent engaged in the same practice; they face serious repercussions.
I think he set his own stage for himself on that front. His actions were improper and likely could have been illegal. Comey leaked memos to the New York Times, your own outlet. He politicized an investigation by signaling he would exonerate Hillary Clinton before he ever interviewed her or other key witnesses."
It's hard to count all the lies, but let's try.
One, Comey didn't self-admit leaking privileged information because, two, the information wasn't privileged, and, three, his actions were definitely not illegal. Four, Comey did not “signal” he would exonerate Hillary Clinton; he worked on an internal draft of a lengthy statement smearing Clinton.
While the volume of lies here is impressive, Sanders was just getting started. She then told reporters it wasn't the White House's place to tell the Justice Department it should investigate Comey, while telling them it should investigate Comey, while claiming she wasn't telling them that, before telling them that again:
HALLIE JACKSON: The DOJ is not commenting, but I would put to you, would the president encourage the DOJ to prosecute Comey?
SANDERS: That's not the president's role. That’s the job of the Department of Justice, and something they should certainly look at.
JACKSON: Is that something you'd like to see?
SANDERS: I'm not sure about that specifically, but I think if there's ever a moment where we feel someone has broken the law, particularly if they're the head of the FBI, I think that's something that certainly should be looked at.
Conway may have “alternative facts,” but I think Sanders just tore through the fabric of space and time like the Kool Aid Man of Lies. “Oh yeah!”
Trump's naked obstruction has so shredded the media's expectation of independence that this has barely caused a blip, and Sanders' unparalleled lying skills have similarly rendered this episode so unremarkable that nobody even noticed she never answered the question she was asked in the first place.
Watch Sanders spit one more lie for good measure below, via the White House.
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