The scramble to (once again) cover up the sorry truth that the Oval Office Occupant is a lifelong racist (BUT IF HE DIDN’T USE THE N-WORD IT DOESN’T COUNT!, goes the ritual incantation) is stirring up even the most sluggis bottom feeders…
italian chef fingers of self-owns https://t.co/4AyitEyDf4
— zeddy (@Zeddary) August 15, 2018
Because they can’t be sure there isn’t a tape… and that is a depth to which even the professional Repub Defenders would prefer not to sink. Per the Washington Post:
… Asked whether there is a tape anywhere of Donald Trump using the n-word, as former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman has claimed, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointedly and repeatedly declined to rule it out. At one point she even said, “I can’t guarantee anything.”
White House spokespeople have occasionally emphasized that denials were coming from the president and not from them personally — apparently not wanting another false denial to damage their own credibility — but on Tuesday it was crystal-clear exactly what was happening. Sanders, like others in President Trump’s orbit, including Kellyanne Conway, wanted no part of ruling out the president having used such a racial slur, just in case there is actually a tape…
Translation: Yes https://t.co/33pGviDCOa
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) August 14, 2018
Sarah Sanders says she "can't guarantee" Trump hasn't shot a man in the middle of 5th Avenue.
— Schooley (@Rschooley) August 15, 2018
After denying ever hearing Trump use a racial slur, Katrina Pierson tells Erin Burnett she did sign an NDA with the Trump campaign. @ErinBurnett: “So you wouldn’t tell me if you did hear him say that?”
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) August 14, 2018
On the one hand, it seems pretty likely that Manigault-Newman doesn't have anything really explosive on tape. On the other hand, this Pierson thing has probably made a bunch of awful people nervous about many merely awful things that they have said. So that's nice.
— Jacob T. Levy (@jtlevy) August 14, 2018
If an n-word tape exists and drops, I predict at least five percent of Republicans will say they disapprove of Trump for at least 2 weeks. https://t.co/yCwlQPGnhf
— Isaac Chotiner (@IChotiner) August 14, 2018
I suspect the fallback rationalization will be “Its okay he said this while he was consorting with liberal fascists in Hollywood but now he’s born again and repented his sins and Gorsuch/Kavanaugh.” https://t.co/V5aThTgWrS
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) August 14, 2018
Actual pie chart on TV right now pic.twitter.com/D7mgDaKXvm
— Vera Bergengruen (@VeraMBergen) August 14, 2018
If the n-word tape is real and becomes public, what will be first publication with "If Obama can use that word, why can't Trump?" hot take?
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) August 14, 2018
Has any White House ever had to assure us every week that that racist thing the President said wasn’t really racist?
— Schooley (@Rschooley) August 14, 2018
"Trump has stood up in front of largely white audiences and described black communities in insulting and ignorant terms… offering a dog whistle to his most hateful supporters.
It’s a disturbing preview of what kind of President he’d be."
August 2016 @HillaryClinton pic.twitter.com/dEBGwtvjiz
— Hillary In Pictures (@HillaryPix) August 15, 2018
7,000 Republicans in Paul Ryan's district voted for a 4chan Nazi.
Things are fine. https://t.co/aNy8zFoFuT
— zeddy (@Zeddary) August 15, 2018