“Even a broken clock is right twice a day.”
That saying is used when someone you deeply disagree with about almost every issue says something you’re forced (begrudgingly) to admit is true. That was certainly the case this morning, with the latest edition of Fox & Friends.
They called Sarah Huckabee Sanders a “squirming” liar, which is hard to disagree with. Here’s the dialogue in question:
‘My problem with Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the following: I’m concerned about the level of her holding herself up as an evangelical, but yet, Trump is accused of having a what, 16 percent track record when it comes to telling true statements and mostly true statements? And she holds up what he’s saying, and she lies. Her cortisone level is rising. She’s squirming as she lies sometimes. So as an evangelical, I feel like her – she reads a Christian devotional, apparently, every day before she gets up to speak in front of the White House press corps. So, as a Catholic, I’m looking at her, and I’m concerned about her upholding Trump’s lies. So I get into her – what she’s doing, and her actions, which can be criticized, but not who she is. That should be off the table.’
Here’s the video:
It certainly does take a certain amount of nerve to read your Bible and then to walk out and intentionally lie, repeatedly, consciously, and at length.
The comments came during an anti-body shaming segment, where the women addressed recent comments in a column by the LA Times’ David Horsey. Horsey referred to Sarah Huckabee Sanders as, among other things, a “slightly chunky soccer mom,” a statement which many have taken as sexist and which Horsey has now apologized for:
I want to apologize to Times readers — and to Sarah Huckabee Sanders — for a description that was insensitive and failed to meet the standards of our newspaper. It also failed to meet the expectations I have for myself. It surely won’t be my last mistake, but this particular error will be scrupulously avoided in my future commentaries. I’ve removed the offending description.
— David Horsey
Most of his column was something the regarding the ease with which Sarah Huckabee Sanders lies, and is worth a read:
‘Donald Trump is lucky to have Sarah Huckabee Sanders as his chief spokesperson.
‘I wouldn’t have said that when she first got the job. In fact, I sharply disagreed with a friend of mine who expressed admiration for the way Sanders performs her duties. She is confident and unflappable, my friend said. I had trouble seeing that those strengths outweighed the fact that pretty much every statement coming out of the press secretary’s mouth was a distortion of the truth.
‘But now I get it. Anyone who is going to be tasked with the job of explaining this president to the news media needs to be comfortable with saying things that are demonstrably not true. That was the problem with Sanders’ predecessor, Sean Spicer. Lying seemed to fluster him. When he was challenged on any blatantly erroneous statement, he would get red-faced and petulant. It was as if he was trying to signal a message to reporters: “Come on, guys, lay off! Don’t make me humiliate myself on live TV!”
‘Sanders betrays no qualms about her role. She delivers the daily load of fibs and evasions in a flat, emotionless voice and, if questioned, keeps her cool, repeats her fallacious statements and sneers as if she hopes there is a firing squad waiting outside for the upstart journalist.’
With the removal of the offensive body-shaming statement, it’s very difficult to find fault with the piece.
Of course, the Fox segment is mostly based in talking about the “misogyny on the left.” An entire segment dedicated to one statement from one writer who removed and apologized for the statement seems a little bit of a stretch when you have a president who brags about sexual assault and has more than a dozen standing allegations of sexual misconduct, but hey. We’ll settle for “squirming liar” this time, false equivalencies aside.
In fact, offensive statements made by Donald Trump are so common that it’s possible to find entire compilations of them on the web.
Here are seven unacceptable statements from his days on Howard Stern:
Or how about this ad from the DNC:
Fox News is Donald Trump’s favorite channel, and he watches it almost every day. If they really wanted to do something to fight misogyny, they have their prime audience right there.
Of course, to slightly mask their hypocrisy, toward the end of the segment they did mention some of Trump’s statements – but only to make a fallacious “both sides” comparison. Trump has never apologized for, nor retracted, any of his offensive statements.
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