The credibility gap comes full circle

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1968 Credibility Gap:  ”I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President.”with the majority of the American public still approving of the Vietnam War it was the people’s distrust of Lyndon Johnson that cause him not to run.

 

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The credibility gap now – maybe chasm is a better word at this point – keeps widening for Donald Trump and his White House.

Two days after Trump’s victory, Russia’s deputy foreign minister told a reporter in Moscow that “there were contacts” between Russian officials and the Trump campaign. “Obviously, we know most of the people from his entourage,” he said. That prompted a vigorous denial from Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks, who insisted there had been “no contact with Russian officials.”

On Jan. 11, an NBC reporter asked Trump whether members of his staff were in contact with Russian officials during the campaign. “No,” he replied.

On Jan. 15, Mike Pence was asked basically the same question on two Sunday shows. “Of course not,” he replied on Fox and CBS.

Yesterday afternoon, Sean Spicer stood by Trump’s earlier denials during the daily briefing when questioned by ABC.

Trump says he hasn’t heard of reports on Flynn talks with Russian diplomat

TRUMP’S LARGER CREDIBILITY PROBLEM:

— This weekend brought yet another reminder that Trump’s claims can never be taken at face value. While flying to Palm Beach on Air Force One, the president told reporters he was “not familiar” with The Post’s report that Flynn had talked about sanctions with the ambassador. “I don’t know about that. I haven’t seen it. What report is that? I haven’t seen that. I’ll look into that,” he said.

We learned yesterday that, in fact, Trump had been told two weeks earlier that Flynn had discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador, despite his denials. But he sat on the information. “Spicer said that Trump was responding only to a question about the Post report and was not speaking about the overall issue of Flynn’s contact with the Russian ambassador and his discussion of sanctions,”

from Washington Post

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One thought on “The credibility gap comes full circle

  1. Trump cannot allow himself to think he made a mistake in appointing the man. He had to somehow create (out of nothing, or little) a situation where it was someone else’s responsibility for the hiring. And since it might well have been Bannon, he can’t blame him, so he turns aside the questions with criticisms of the leaks.
    When you have time, consider reading de la Rochfoucauld’s Maxims and Moral Reflections, especially his first entry, On Self Love. d l R lived at the time of Cardinal Richelieu (and the Musketeers) when favoritism ebbed and flowed in the Court of France. He wrote most of the Maxims while banished to his ducal home. There is little that he said centuries ago which is not applicable now, especially since we have politicians who seem to fancy themselves of a higher, noble class.
    I personally think SNL should have a skit where ‘Trump’ walks around taking about himself and his great deeds while everyone else in the background (and wearing masks) acts as a Greek chorus, repeating what he says until it has a whole other meaning.

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