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There Are Eight Tricks Donald’s Spox Use to Lie to the Press

Slate.com
Slate.com
In Politico Magazine, Virginia Heffernan describes the eight techniques Trump mouthpieces like Kellyanne Conway, Stephen Miller and Sean Spicer use to lie to, obfuscate and mislead the media:

1. The He-Believes-It Shuffle
2. The Kellyanne Escape Asana
3. The Spicey Nitpick
4. Trumpal Infallibility
5. “George…”
6. I Know You Are, But What Am I?
7. Move Along. Nothing to See Here.
8. This Is Very Fluid

Verbatim

Conway Retweets White Nationalist

I don’t know who had access to my account … I denounce whoever it is. It will be immediately deleted. Everybody makes mistakes.

— Kellyanne Conway, quoted by BuzzFeed, after she retweeted a white nationalist on Twitter.

Poetic Justice

A Conway Getaway

The backlash to her Ivanka ad must have astonished her,
And now the Ethics Office says Trump should admonish her.
This Kellyanne Conway antic
Goes far beyond ethics,
But don’t hold your breath waiting for Trump to punish her.

News & Comment

Beyond Fact Checking: Why Trump’s Lies Are Beside the Point

handheartIf you have noted — and possibly pointed out to a Trump supporter — that his press secretary, Sean Spicer, was lying when he said Trump’s inauguration drew the broadest audience in history, period, then Trump has you right where he wants you. Bloomberg columnist Tyler Cowen explains why focusing on facts ignores what’s really going on, and the real reasons Trump’s staff is lying.

Cowen points out that some hardened leaders use loyalty tests that ask their followers to go against conscience. Spicer and Kellyanne Conway are passing their loyalty tests with flying colors.

Trump isn’t lying in hopes you’ll believe his version of things. The real reasons are much worse.

By requiring subordinates to speak untruths, a leader can undercut their independent standing…That makes those individuals grow more dependent on the leader and less likely to mount independent rebellions against the structure of command. Promoting such chains of lies is a classic tactic when a leader distrusts his subordinates…and it is part of the same worldview that leads Trump to rely so heavily on family members.

But there’s even more to it than that.

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Verbatim

Conway: There’s a Nepotism Loophole

The anti-nepotism law apparently has an exception if you want to work in the West Wing because the president is able to appoint his own staff. Of course, this came about to stop maybe family members from serving on the Cabinet, but the president does have discretion to choose a staff of his liking. … So if that is true and that legal advice holds then that will open up a realm of possibilities.

— Kellyanne Conway, on “Morning Joe” asserting that Donald Trump’s family members could be included on the White House staff.

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Kellyanne Conway: Presidency Will be Donald’s ‘Day Job’

It’s tempting to think that Kellyanne Conway, Donald’s robotically always-on-message spokesperson, made a classic Kinsey gaffe — meaning, she accidentally told the truth — in this Nov. 17 interview on Fox when she twice described the presidency as Donald’s “day job.” But it’s more likely it wasn’t a gaffe of any sort, but rather simply the truth.

After all, when his team tried to recruit Ohio Gov. John Kasich to run as Donald’s vice president, the conversation went like this:

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Verbatim

Conway: Trump Is Actually Winning the Campaign

Donald Trump performs consistently better in online polling where a human being is not talking to another human being about what he or she may do in the election. It’s because it’s become socially desirable, if you’re a college educated person in the United States of America, to say that you’re against Donald Trump.

— Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway telling the UK’s Channel 4 that Donald Trump is actually winning the election, but every poll is wrong because Trump voters are undercover.

Verbatim

Trump Campaign to Get Wilder, Crazier

If you thought the old Donald Trump campaign was wild and crazy, just wait for the new Trump campaign now that Breitbart’s Steve Bannon has taken over as chief executive. … The new leadership — with Bannon and pollster Kellyanne Conway displacing Paul Manafort of the Ukrainian Connection at the top of the heap — is likely to steer Trump even more in the direction of the European far right. It also tells you something that Bannon sees Sarah Palin, about whom he made a laudatory documentary, as a model for anti-establishment politics.

E.J. Dionne