It really has to suck to be a writer on a right-wing website and have to make up stuff to defend the indefensible on a daily basis. Since the news broke about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ meetings with the Russian ambassador during the presidential campaign at a time when he was a major Trump surrogate, Republicans and their media allies have been throwing out one false equivalency after another.
The latest from the pathetic souls on the right can be summed up this way: “There’s no big deal over Sessions meeting with the Russian ambassador because President Obama met with him, too!”
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Kaitlan Collins, White House correspondent for The Daily Caller, offered this shocking bit of information:
Sergey Kislyak appeared in the White House visitor logs dozens of times when Barack Obama was in office.
The visitor logs, which Obama made public in 2009 in a push for transparency, show that the long-time Russian ambassador to the United States visited the White House at least 22 times between 2009 and 2016.
Let that sink in for a minute. The right is trying to draw a parallel between a sitting president meeting with an ambassador and a U.S. senator who was serving as a foreign policy advisor to a presidential candidate meeting that ambassador. They are apparently not aware that meeting with foreign heads of state is in ambassadors’ job descriptions. Furthermore, the Obama White House never tried to deny that Kislyak had visited — the information is right there in the visitor logs. Sessions, on the other hand, has been far less than forthcoming about his dealings with Kislyak. The same is true of other Trump administration officials.
Now, I don’t think right-wing media types are that dumb that they can’t tell the difference between these two things. But their audience is. And the comments on The Daily Caller’s piece will make you think opening a tinfoil hat booth at conservative gatherings might just make you rich. There are a few doozies, but the very first one, from “Bill,” should win him the prize of right-wing nutjob of the year.
Okay, looks like “Bill” has the goods on us. The whole Trump-Russia-Sessions mess was a secret plot by Obama! The first reply to that comment was almost as bad.
Somebody should sit that guy down and make him watch “Schoolhouse Rock.” Maybe that would help him understand that removing the Attorney General doesn’t give the minority party in Congress the opportunity to impeach the president.
On Thursday, Ted Cruz described the continuing allegations about Russian connections to Trump and his associates like Jeff Sessions as a “nothing burger.” Sorry, Ted. The “nothing burger” is this BS comparison between the behavior of Sessions and that of President Obama.
It’s just another day in conservative media, where false equivalencies reign, the truth is “fake news,” and blaming Obama is still a requirement for a successful story.