As if the situation in the White House wasn’t chaotic enough — thanks in large part to the release of a tell-all book by former administration staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman — President Donald Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, decided to appear on CNN Tuesday evening and complicate matters even further.
Speaking with host Chris Cuomo, Giuliani immediately accused Manigault Newman of lying when she said a recording exists of the president using the N-word:
“I know she’s lying, because I was on the campaign more than she was — I was closer to [Trump] than she was.”
Later in the interview, Cuomo pressed the former New York City mayor on his recent remarks that Trump never asked former FBI Director James Comey to “go easy” on fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn:
“I cannot find you ever saying ‘the president did not have that conversation with Comey’ until this week.”
“I did all the time, every time I gave a hypothetical.”
Near the end of the interview, the subject of truth in the Age of Trump came up, with Cuomo reminding Giuliani of his client’s endless lying:
“If fact-counting is anything, we’ve never had anybody with the level of mendacity that he has.”
A laughing Giuliani had the gall to reply:
“It’s in the eye of the beholder.”
And that’s when Cuomo destroyed the former mayor with this:
“No, facts are not in the eye of the beholder.”
Facts have never been merely in the eye of the beholder, but when someone lies as much as Donald Trump and his entire administration, it sometimes seems easier to merely overlook their falsehoods than take the time to debunk them. But that’s exactly what this president is hoping for. He wants us to question the reality of what we observe and believe his version of the story. That, however, will only lead us down the path of authoritarian rule and fascism.
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