President Donald Trump falsely stated Wednesday that the judge that sentenced his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort also cleared the Trump campaign of any collusion with the Russian government. George Conway pointed out the error Wednesday and said it was part of a larger pattern.
When asked about the Manafort sentencing Wednesday, Trump told reporters that it proved there was “no collusion” and that the Russia investigation was a “hoax.”
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During White House event, Trump — echoing Manafort's lawyer's lie — falsely claims Judge Amy Berman Jackson exonerated him of collusion.
"That was proven today — no collusion. There was no collusion… it was all a big hoax… Today, again, 'no collusion.'" pic.twitter.com/rGUwil2DyN
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 13, 2019
As Vox reported, Manafort’s lawyer Kevin Downing claimed that Judge Amy Berman Jackson found no evidence of collusion in the case. In reality, Judge Jackson simply said no evidence was presented to her regarding alleged Russian collusion.
Conway, who’s wife Kellyanne serves as special counselor to the president, tied Trump’s false claim Wednesday to another false claim from last week.
“Have we ever seen this degree of brazen, pathological mendacity in American public life? One day he makes a harmless slip of the tongue, something any mentally balanced person would laugh off,” Conway wrote Wednesday, referring to the president claiming he called Apple CEO Time Cook “Tim Apple” on purpose.
“But instead he lies about it. He denies what the world can see on videotape. Even his donors and supporters wonder, what is wrong with him? Why would [h]e feel compelled to tell such an absurd lie?”
But instead he lies about it. He denies what the world can see on videotape. Even his donors and supporters wonder, what is wrong with him? Why would be feel compelled to tell such an absurd lie?
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) March 14, 2019
In total, Conway unleashed nine tweets on the president that called him out for the two lies, concluding finally that “a serious inquiry needs to be made about this man’s condition of mind.”
It was not lost on Conway’s followers the irony in his thread. His wife serves as one of Trump’s biggest backers, famously once excusing a Trump lie as an “alternative fact.”
But Conway has remained one of Trump’s biggest critics, often tweeting his disapproval and has written two op-eds questioning the legality of Trump’s choices.
Unlike many critics, however, Trump has not said anything directly back to Conway, as his wife has remained on the White House staff for over two years.