Today on Meet the Press, Kellyanne Conway, who the Trump team enjoys throwing in front of the camera, developed an interesting theory on Sean Spicer’s blatant falsehoods at his totally insane press conference yesterday. NBC News puts her position into context:
Asked on “Meet the Press” why Spicer used his first appearance before the press to dispute a minimal issue like the inauguration crowd size, and why he used falsehoods to do so, Conway pushed back.
“You’re saying it’s a falsehood and Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that,” she told NBC’s Chuck Todd.
It’s not wrong to compare this statement with one made by Nazi propaganda guru Joseph Goebbels, when he said: “It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle.”
There were clearly enough people who wanted to elect Trump and were willing to twist and overlook his plethora of falsehoods to do so successfully. A lot of his silent support stood on the shoulders of silent bias and he was also given a state-sponsored help during the campaign in spreading wrong information. Many politicians lie and accept illegal assistance to win these powerful positions. But it is only the mindset of a despot that would double down about a lie that is so petty. Still, people are willing to believe him, because it is easier than facing the hard truth when it doesn’t agree with your worldview. Nevertheless, there is only one set of facts for all of us.
President Lyndon Johnson, raised in poverty, had the following insight about racism: “I’ll tell you what’s at the bottom of it…If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” Trump did this during the campaign to distract white working class voters while he picked our nation’s pocket. Hell, he gave them many people to look down on and they emptied their pockets for him while existing in a mental alternative reality. We must constantly emphasize the truth so that he doesn’t pick our nation’s pocket as well.
It is in this vein that donations of money and time would be great for PBS and ProPublica. These two organizations are beacons of independent journalism and need support when they are under attack from people who control public institutions.