In perhaps the most amazing lie of Kellyanne Conway’s long and storied history of shameless lies, Trump’s former campaign manager and current counselor told Hollywood Reporter’s Michael Wolff that “Just because somebody says something doesn’t make it true.”
Although technically not a lie itself, this amazing statement from perhaps the greatest liar in politics today is akin to Bill O’Reilly doing a segment on harassment in the workplace — a mind bending scenario that sadly wouldn’t be far fetched in today’s era of alternate facts and parallel realities. Speaking at a Washington D.C. forum on Trump’s first 100 days in office, Wolff told Conway that she is perceived as being “the darkness”.
“I’m going to tell you, when they say ‘democracy dies in darkness,’ you’re the darkness,” he said.
“I’m not the darkness,” Conway replied, her shark like eyes betraying the forced smile she flashed the audience. “Didn’t you see the skit “Walking on Sunshine”?” she continued breezily, attempting to make light of the situation.
“It’s what I tell small children: Just because somebody says something doesn’t make it true. It’s a great lesson for everyone.”
— CNN (@CNN) April 12, 2017
Conway then turned her attention to “The Media” — a favorite target of the Trump administration that uses it to distract the public from their own non-stop lying.
“You can turn on the TV — more than you can read in the paper because I assume editors are still doing their jobs in most places — and people literally say things that just aren’t true,” she went on, seemingly unaware that everyone on the planet knows about the massacre she invented, the non-existent microwave spying machines she claimed the CIA uses, and the “alternate fact” category she created in response to actual facts.
The truth is, Conway has been caught in lie after lie after lie, to the point where even the Trump administration had to intervene and stop her from doing media appearances for a while. So for her to speak so blithely about the media telling lies and the value of teaching honesty to children is something out of a twisted horror movie — and sadly one that never seems to end. Conway’s extreme capacity for dishonesty is a form of sociopathy, and it should frighten the life out of anyone concerned about the direction of this country. While politicians are notoriously loose with the truth, Conway represents a new, steroid infused form of professional lying. She is happy to operate within her own echo chamber of lies and deceit that exist only in the minds of the true believers, and she can happily confront actual reality knowing her supporters will believe it regardless of the evidence.
Kellyanne Conway isn’t just the darkness, she is a cancer rapidly destroying what little trust the public had in government, quite possibly to the point of no return.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.