We thought we were rid of former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon after he slinked away from the White House in disgrace and then got fired from his position at right-wing propaganda outlet Breitbart.
But, look out, here he comes again, spending his Father’s Day morning on ABC’s This Week with correspondent Jonathan Karl, apparently trying to re-ingratiate himself with the president by emulating one of Trump’s most defining behaviors while simultaneously denying it exists.
Karl, ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent, set up the ludicrously laughable moment by playing a video from a Trump campaign appearance in August of 2016 wherein then-candidate Trump tells a crowd of gullible supporters:
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“I will never lie to you. I will never tell you something I do not believe… I will always tell you the truth.”
That line alone should have been punctuated with the biggest laugh track that ABC has in its sit-com library, but Karl let it play straight before telling Bannon:
“You famously kept a white board of presidential promises to keep track of,” Karl said of the former Chief Strategist’s time at the White House. “That’s a promise that [Trump] obviously broke. He has not always told the truth,” Karl confidently declared.
“I don’t know that … From what I see … he has [told the truth.] This is another thing to demonize him,” Bannon parried.
Karl incredulously pressed the point, “The president has never lied?,” he questioned.
“Not to my knowledge, no,” Bannon said….with a straight face no less.
The flabbergasted host decided to confront Bannon with one of the president’s most recent fabrications, his claim that the report issued this week by the Justice Department’s Inspector General “totally exonerated” him of any collusion or obstruction in the Special Counsel’s probe into his campaign’s collusion with Russia.
With this undeniably false assertion as evidence, Karl confidently stated that contrary to Bannon’s virtual comparison of Trump to George Washington and the cherry tree:
“He says things that are not true all the time.”
Bannon would not be deterred.
“I don’t believe that,” Bannon said. “I think he speaks in a particular vernacular that connects to people in this country.”
Or, in other words, it’s not a lie if Trump simply parrots back at his supporters what they already believe, factual or not, and what they want to hear.
That anyone, particularly Steve Bannon who was practically the White House Ambassador to the Alt-right, could redefine the act of telling copious lies as speaking “in a particular vernacular that connects to people in this country” tells us all how far into an Orwellian hell-hole the people in this country have fallen.
Jon Favreau, former speechwriter for Barack Obama and host of “Pod Save America,” saw the interview on TV this morning and went on Twitter to scold Jonathan Karl for not pursuing the line of questioning further.
Bannon is obviously lying. Jon knows that. Bannon can barely keep a straight face. Why not throw out the rest of the questions and keep confronting Bannon with Trump’s lies? Why not show viewers who he really is? https://t.co/Usp4q7PMoE
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) June 17, 2018
While Favreau’s indignation is justified, it’s unlikely that Karl could have gotten Bannon to budge from his stance of presidential fellatio unmatched since the Monica Lewinsky era.
You don’t need to watch much more than the video above to see who Bannon truly is and unless his efforts at rehabilitation land him back in the White House or some other position of power, really, who cares? ABC shouldn’t waste their airtime on a washed up racist whose only skill is a fluency in a “particular vernacular” that amounts to a heap of steaming bull crap.
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