Was it the funniest moment of the week? Or was it the saddest?
On Tuesday night, a few hours after the sudden firing of FBI Director Comey, Sean Spicer was “caught” by reporters outside the White House. Apparently he tried ducking behind some bushes but did finally emerge. Before talking with the reporters, he said, “Turn the lights off.” He was reluctantly willing to talk with them but only under cover of darkness.
Funny? Or sad? Darkness certainly characterizes the White House these days. The light of truth is blocked by an incredible quantity of lies and misrepresentations coming mostly from Trump himself. The Washington Post counted 492 in Trump’s first 100 days.
Even his closest staff members and his official spokespersons cannot guess the truth when Trump speaks. They end up passing on falsehoods, perhaps inadvertently, which are then undercut by Trump himself. Maybe the worst dimension of Trump’s antagonistic relationship with reality is that Trump himself cannot seem to keep his stories straight. I think he has lied so very much in his lifetime that he simply cannot tell any longer whether he is speaking truth on this or that occasion.
I doubt, for example, that he intended to reveal the truth when, speaking with Lester Holt, he admitted that the Russia investigation was on his mind when he decided to fire Comey, It was a very deeply damning admission. He owes us a great many more such admissions of guilt.