Chief of Staff John Kelly on Trump’s promise to build a border wall.
“He’s a human male … So he’s not perfect.”
Pennsylvania voter Joey Del Signore on Trump’s boast of sexually assaulting women.
“It’s not policy. It’s social media. You know the difference, right?”
Former aide Sebastian Gorka on why people should not take Trump’s alarming tweets seriously.
“All people lie.”
North Carolina voter Bill Wallace on Trump’s frequent untruths.
“Let’s not judge the president on what he says.”
Ohio Rep. Jim Renacci, on reports that Trump called Haiti, El Salvador and Africa “s$*&hole countries.”
“I’m not going to blame him. Absolutely not.”
Pennsylvania voter Pam Schilling on Trump’s failure to deliver on his promises.
Our topic for the day (as if you couldn’t tell): “Excuses for Donald Trump.”
Spoiler alert: There aren’t any. Unfortunately, that hasn’t stopped people from trying.
Indeed, 16 months into this crisis presidency, one of the most troubling things about it is not the revolving-door White House, the indictments, the lies, the sex scandals, the racism, the decline in American prestige, nor the daily drumbeat of war, but rather, the refusal of his followers to hold the Dear Leader accountable for any of it.
Consider the excuses above, each more threadbare than the last.
It’s a litany of rationalizations and justifications of a sort depressingly familiar to anyone within earshot of a Trump believer.