Sunday, February 24, 2019

Less Cryptic Than Transparent

Morgan Fairchild:

Corey Lewandowski bizarrely rambles about Dunkin’ Donuts to avoid answering whether he helped with Sessions ouster.

There is nothing bizarre about it.  Fairchild's tweet pertained to a segment on MSNBC's "The Beat" in which Ari Melber questioned Lewandowski about the New York Times report that

Privately, Mr. Trump tried to remove Mr. Sessions — he said he wanted an attorney general who would protect him — but did not fire him, in part because White House aides dodged the president’s orders to demand his resignation. The president even called his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, over the Fourth of July weekend to ask him to pressure Mr. Sessions to resign. Mr. Lewandowski was noncommittal and never acted on the request.

Asked whether he had received "that call," Lewandowski replied

Yea, I, look, honestly, I have the special privilege of speaking to the President on a very regular basis. I don't recall the specific call that they say took place on July 4.

The New York Times never mentioned July 4, instead specifying that the call was not placed on July 4.  If the call was placed "over the July 4 weekend," it could not have been made on July 4 because 7/4/18 is a Wednesday.

Lewandowski continued

As a matter of fact, they were so specific of the call that my kids were in my truck and we were driving to Dunkin' Donuts on the Fourth of July weekend would have been something I remember

They were driving to Dunkin' Donuts during the entire weekend? The Lewandowski family, which  reportedly lives in New Hampshire, evidently travels a long way for a jelly doughnut and a cup of coffee.

He adds

and since I polled my four children, they don't remember that either and since they usually remember when the President calls, they don't remember that either.

The Times article was published on February 12, 2019, more than seven months after a phone call from a man whom the children's father talks to on a very regular basis. It's unlikely they'd remember. Alternatively, it even could have been "kids, do you remember that phone call from the President when we were driving to Dunkin' Donuts- because if you don't, we can go back sometime."

Additionally, there are few things less politically correct than questioning the veracity, memory, or incomparable wisdom of children, as Dianne Feinstein has learned.  Dredging up a Dunkin' Donut story including them was a stroke of genius.

Lewandowski remarked also "so not to say it's fake news but I think I would have remembered that conversation."  He's not only not saying it's fake news. Lewandowski is practically using a baseball bat to club listeners over the head with the truth- that the call did come through, but he's not going to rat out the President he served faithfully.

Corey Lewandowski was not a man gone off on a bizarre rant. It's Donald Trump in another instance in which he was unable to muster the backbone to fire someone he wanted to go away. 

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