White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted that President Donald Trump wasn't lying when he tweeted that he "never pushed" House Republicans to vote for the recent immigration bills Goodlatte 1 or 2, despite a tweet just days before urging them to do exactly that.
"Why would the president lie about something like that?" asked Matt Nusbaum of Politico.
“He didn’t. The president has talked all along, we’ve laid out the priorities and the principles that we support, that we wanted to see reflected in legislation.”
The President's own words prove Sanders' claim demonstrably false:
HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOULD PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL, KNOWN AS GOODLATTE II, IN THEIR AFTERNOON VOTE… https://t.co/7NPrGsNjNW— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1530103196.0
Matthew Nussbaum, the reporter who asked Sanders the question originally, took to Twitter, remarking that even the White House transcript of the press conference included Trump's original ALL CAPS tweet construction:
Video footage from the briefing caught the moment Sanders was challenged on her lie:
Watch this reporter pull out the receipts on Trump's blatant immigration bill lie — right to Sarah Huckabee Sanders… https://t.co/wX4n1BXogZ— NowThis (@NowThis)1530637380.0
Others, like Olivia Nuzzi, the Washington correspondent for New York Magazine, also called out Sanders on her lie.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders says “he didn’t” when asked why Donald Trump lied about lobbying for the immigration bill th… https://t.co/IOxCOWPVSd— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivia Nuzzi)1530562714.0
Once again the president lies; and his press secretary, Sarah Sanders, echoes the lie. This is part of Trump's ongo… https://t.co/GNAy16MnZ4— Peter Wehner (@Peter Wehner)1530565651.0
This is sick, why defend the lie when his own tweets show he’s lying. Now she’s lying abt his lie, it just gets wor… https://t.co/tnZA0VsUx0— Eric Foster (@Eric Foster)1530641961.0
@FoxNews @PressSec Sarah is such a liar. The democrats have been trying to fix immigration for decades. Every time… https://t.co/ASreHpfjr6— voir le monde 🏳️🌈 (@voir le monde 🏳️🌈)1530593976.0
The Goodlatte 2 bill, a supposed compromise to the hard right Goodlatte 1 which was opposed by moderate Republicans, failed in the House last week after losing the support of over 100 House Republicans. Trump's insistence that the Democrats in the Senate would not let the bill pass the 60 votes needed for a bill to proceed past debate could be perceived as the president's way of attempting to gain momentum in his calls to end the filibuster.
Twitter was quick to call him out.
@realDonaldTrump Then what was this you lying sack of testicles? https://t.co/Mrd2kEY2ZK— AltNSA (@AltNSA)1530387106.0
@realDonaldTrump .@realDonaldTrump tweeted this 3 days ago. This is not fake news, this is real. I don't think he's… https://t.co/hd8xfkPy1e— Mary E. McGlynn (@Mary E. McGlynn)1530419977.0
@realDonaldTrump Donnie vs Trumpy And only 3 days prior.. #TrumpLies #trumpliesmatter #theresalwaysatweet… https://t.co/obMWs8XdHf— danindura (@danindura)1530413928.0
@realDonaldTrump Either you are bluntly lying to save face or you are experiencing dementia at your age. Check your… https://t.co/n3nbWUBl8Y— Janice H. (@Janice H.)1530497779.0
But Sanders is more skilled at spinning than a boomerang. It didn't take long for her to whip up an explanation.
After insisting that even if Trump had pushed House Republicans to vote, she parroted his remarks that it wouldn't have had the 60 votes necessary to move past debate in the Senate.
Then she said something familiar:
“But at the same time the president wasn’t aggressively lobbying members, because he knew that democrats in the Senate still were unwilling to actually come to the table and focus on solutions rather than playing political games.”
The Democrats hold no majority in the Senate or the House and, with the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, can no longer even count on a swing vote for the nation's highest court to turn the scales in their favor.
This doesn't stop Sanders and the president she works for from repeatedly painting Democrats as tyrants blocking Trump's would-be success at every turn.
Blaming Democrats has been a tenet of the Trump administration since the first day of his presidency. Americans have noticed.
Trump has turned this country into a volcano percolating and ready to erupt. I am afraid bad stuff is going to star… https://t.co/SyxkSHXdhB— Carl Hasting (@Carl Hasting)1530409435.0
@charliekirk11 This is the problem. Trump. https://t.co/QuWYT665l6— Ric O’Shea ♨ (@Ric O’Shea ♨)1530463971.0
@osPatriot @LarryLR @FoxNews Trump keeps blaming democrats but the Justice dept is run by his people. Even Comey wa… https://t.co/knvvwwsbQT— Howard Beale (@Howard Beale)1530198419.0
HE keeps blaming Democrats for HIS agenda which is being implemented by Jeff Sessions! Here are the facts about Pre… https://t.co/yndy2d7q38— Peggy (@Peggy)1529979319.0
@GVanEarwood @RepMaxineWaters What a lot of people don't get. They are loud and repedative. They keep slamming the… https://t.co/D85eIS7mcA— Huw Merlin (@Huw Merlin)1529889872.0
It is nothing new for Trump to lie from a keyboard or Sanders from a podium, but lies like Trump's Goodlatte tweet are insulting to the nation in the ease with which they're disproven.