Jeff Pearlman

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Letting a lie go …

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One of the great ongoing fears stemming from the Donald Trump Administration of Fuckery is that this crap becomes normalized; that we hear enough insane rambling and see enough awfulness that it all turns to a big blog of meh.

For the most part I sorta dismissed the idea. I mean, if one stands in the midst of an enormous shit twister, does he ultimately become used to blocks of feces hitting him in the face?

Perhaps.

In case you missed this (and under any other president, you would not have missed this), Donald Trump recently told the Wall Street Journal that the head of the Boy Scouts of America called him to praise this catastrophe of a jamboree speech. The exact quote, from the president: He was told it was “the greatest speech that was ever made to them.”

This, of course, was a lie. The Boy Scouts insist no compliment was ever paid, no call was ever made. When Summer Huckabee Sanders was asked whether her master boss had lied, she recoiled—but sorta kinda admitted that, well … um, yes. His pear-shaped body was filled with the excrement of 10,000 donkeys. He was stuffed with shit.

And here’s the thing: This is a big problem. If the president of the United States can so breezily lie about something like a phony phone call from the Boy Scouts, what else is he lying about? What other fiction is he peddling? Also, what sort of warped mind decides, “This is a fib I should tell”? I mean, is the feeding of his ego so important that he needs to create a pretend dialogue informing him of his greatness? And, more to the point, he was lying about … the Boy Scouts. An organization that is supposed to symbolize and uphold honestly, integrity, decency.

I don’t know much, but I know this: Had Barack Obama created a phone conversation with the head of the Boy Scouts, the shit would hit the fan. And splatter.

And rightly so.

  • Maryanne Stahl

    “is the feeding of his ego so important that he needs to create a pretend dialogue informing him of his greatness?” yes. That’s all he cares about. That should be clear to anyone who has been awake for 5 minutes the last 7 months. I have no idea why we continue to accept this behavior from the so.called leader of the free world. I am astounded that the media still attempts to make sense of him. I am spiritually crushed and will never be the same, and I fear the nation is experiencing the same.

    • Erik

      “I am spiritually crushed and will never be the same.”

      Thank you, Maryanne. Even worse than experiencing all of this are the ramifications that will resound for a VERY long time, if not forever. The genie truly has been let out of the bottle.

      As a little boy, I asked my father why no one did anything during the Holocaust, and people will be asking the same thing about *this* decades from now; it’s incredible *living* history, as opposed to reading about it in a book. We’re being held hostage by a small, vocal minority. All I can do is hope people in high positions can minimize the damage…

      • tenn tom

        The problem with that is that the people in high positions ( Pence, McConnell etc) will cause more damage.

  • Gary Russell

    A truly motley assembly of true believers in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan put this dolt over the top by 77,000 votes, not even enough people to fill the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Meanwhile, 65,853,516 Americans did the right thing and voted for Hillary Clinton. Trump played those rubes into believing he was a true agent of change. How’s that going and how can the Republican Party ever recover from being hijacked by this idiot charlatan?

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