Not Exactly Subtle

#PutiPoodle | #WhatTheyVotedFor

#PutiTrump: Protest image of Vladimir Putin, artist unknown. Donald Trump in detail of photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for msnbc, 2016.

This is all ritual, right?

When asked—three times—at a White House press briefing about Russia’s link to the poisoning or any possible repercussions for the country from the U.S., Sanders carefully did not say “Russia”—or otherwise address who may have been responsible for the attack. She characterized it as an “indiscriminate” attack, although British authorities have concluded that Skripal was clearly targeted.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP Photo)“We’ve been monitoring the incident closely, take it very seriously,” Sanders said. “The use of a highly lethal nerve agent against U.K. citizens on U.K. soil is an outrage. The attack was reckless, indiscriminate and irresponsible. We offer the fullest condemnation.”

“So you’re not saying that Russia was behind this?” a reporter asked.

“Right now, we are standing with our U.K. ally,” Sanders said again. “I think they’re still working through even some of the details of that.”

Pressed a third time, an annoyed Sanders answered, “Like I just said, we stand with our ally and we certainly fully support them and are ready if we can be of any assistance.”


That is, just to be clear: We put up with the lying farce that is the Trump administration every day according to some pretense that we all recognize what is happening and it ought to be over, eventually, when Mueller and the American Way of Truth and Justice finally come through.


There is a temptation to refer back to “family values”, and the like, as Kellyanne Conway could be heard pitching after Romney’s 2012 loss that Republicans needed to stand on family values, and, furthermore, Sarah Huckabee Sanders is, in fact, a preacher’s daughter. This is the Donald Trump administration we are talking about, and we already know the family values platform is itself a swindle. But, should we seek a third way, we might note that last only makes it worse because these people are so awful at carrying out the swindle. Think about it: Sarah Huckabee Sanders is not a good Press Secretary, to be certain, but even in the context of a desperate spokesperson trying to carry through, she isn’t even any good at that. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is one of the most astonishingly incompetent liars we might hope to never again bear witness to.

As we endure the daily spectacle, we do so for the sake of ritual, that this all means something, and comes to something in the end.

Meanwhile, the #trumpswindle is either incompetent or in a bizarre surrender to futility. It should have been unimaginable they would try, even more so they should be that bad at it.


Image notes: Top — Protest image of Vladimir Putin, artist unknown. Donald Trump in detail of photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for msnbc, 2016.  Right — Sarah Huckabee Sanders. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP Photo)

Papenfuss, Mary. “Sarah Sanders Simply Refuses To Say ‘Russia’ When Quizzed On UK Poisoning”. The Huffington Post. 12 March 2018.

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