As disheartening as it may be for most people reading this to realize, we’re currently living in a country where millions of people — with the help of the GOP, Fox News, and most of the conservative media — are providing us with a firsthand look at what it’s like to have a wannabe dictator in charge, propped up by propaganda pushed by state-run media.
Politics has always been a subject that can get ridiculous from time to time. That said, in my 20 or so years that I’ve kept up with what’s going on in our government, I’ve never witnessed anything like what we’ve seen since the rise of Donald Trump. We’re way past the days of simply cherry-picking a few stats or omitting some key details to carefully word a talking point in such a way that it satisfies the partisan nature of typical political rhetoric.
I miss those days.
Today we’re living in a country where, to millions of people, facts and reality no longer seem to matter. Where the rules are constantly changing. Where a “president” can, a year or so ago, claim that the unemployment rate was “42 percent,” while calling the monthly jobs reports “phony” — then brag about them both just a few months later. Where a “president” can literally just make up anything, because his supporters believe anything he says as the gospel truth while dismissing anything and everything negative about him as “fake news.”
There have been so many days lately where I sit here shaking my head, truly at a loss for words over something I’d just seen or heard. There comes a point where it’s a legitimate struggle for me to find new ways to articulate the insanity swirling around this administration that seems to never stop.
That’s exactly how I felt after watching an interview Mike Huckabee did with Fox & Friends where he said he “didn’t recall” if Donald Trump had ever been caught bragging about being a sexual predator.
“Has President Trump ever admitted to being a sexual assaulter?” Fox News host Abby Huntsman bluntly asked.
“I don’t recall that that’s ever happened,” Huckabee answered.
He then quickly pivoted to talk about the past allegations made against Bill Clinton — because of course he did. When all else fails for Republicans and they can’t defend Trump on something, just bring up the Clintons or Obamas.
I guess the new talking point Republicans are going to take when dealing with Trump’s history of sexual assault allegations and the video where he was caught bragging about sexually assaulting women is to just pretend like none of that ever happened.
If Trump’s boasting about being a sexual predator were some mundane comment he made 20 years ago, I’d give Huckabee the benefit of the doubt that he could have forgotten about it. But not this. There’s absolutely no way Huckabee “didn’t recall” the Access Hollywood video and what Trump said. This was him essentially trying to change history.
I’m not exaggerating when I say we’re living in dangerous times. Not just because of the normal threats we face as a nation, as Americans, in our day-to-day lives. Right now what we’re dealing with is a direct assault on the truth by people who’ve been forced to effectively adopt “pushing outright insanity” as their only political strategy because reality damn sure doesn’t support the lies, conspiracies, and propaganda they’re trying to sell.
Watch his comments below via Fox News by way of Raw Story: