VICKy MoChaMa don’t bother ask­ing the liar-in-chief for any an­swers on Flynn

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With the late-night res­ig­na­tion of Don­ald Trump’s na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser Michael Flynn, the ques­tion has to be asked: What did the pres­i­dent know and when did he know it?

The more im­por­tant ques­tion for me, how­ever, is: Are we all talk­ing about the same pres­i­dent? And are we ask­ing about what he knows? If they hadn’t made him move house, I would doubt he was aware that he was ac­tu­ally pres­i­dent.

I’m not en­tirely cer­tain he has read the Amer­i­can Con­sti­tu­tion.

He can’t have, be­cause he would have thought long and hard (for him) be­fore sur­round­ing him­self with op­por­tunis­tic bil­lion­aires and Mike Pence while the 25th amend­ment still ex­ists.

(Sec­tion 4 of the 25th Amend­ment al­lows a ma­jor­ity of the cab­i­net to de­clare the pres­i­dent un­fit to serve. It also el­e­vates the vice-pres­i­dent to the pres­i­dency.)

The one thing we can be cer­tain of is that when­ever Don­ald Trump was told A Thing is an en­tirely dif­fer­ent mo­ment from when he ac­tu­ally knew That Thing. Which is, in turn, a dif­fer­ent event from when he will ul­ti­mately, and need­lessly, lie about It.

Af­ter all, this is the ad­min­is­tra­tion that has in­tro­duced the world to “al­ter­na­tive facts.”

In this way, Trump is an in­spir­ing leader. You can see his on-again-off-again re­la­tion­ship with the truth all over his ad­min­is­tra­tion. At Tues­day morn­ing’s brief­ing, White House Press Sec­re­tary Sean Spicer called our prime min­is­ter “Joe Trudeau.” Maybe it was an ac­ci­dent, but the visit hap­pened 24 hours ago. How hard is it to not screw up your guest’s name?

Com­i­cally-in­no­cent er­rors have been few and far be­tween. Ev­ery­thing else is far more dan­ger­ous.

The promise to re­peal and re­place the Af­ford­able Care Act looks poised to just be a re­peal. “Drain­ing the swamp” has in­cluded putting bil­lion­aires from Gold­man Sachs and ExxonMo­bil in the cab­i­net.

From the wild ma­nip­u­la­tions of ad­viser Kellyanne Con­way to the men­dac­ity of Spicer to the al­leged threats from Omarosa Mani­gault, the staff are clearly tak­ing their cues from the top.

Aside from the ac­tual ac­cess he has to nu­clear weapons, the daily dan­ger that Trump pos­sesses is that of a clue­less white man speak­ing loudly on things he knows noth­ing about. This is an archetype who, when ques­tioned, will lie and ob­fus­cate.

As re­ported last sum­mer in the Wash­ing­ton Post, in a 2007 de­po­si­tion lawyers caught Trump in a lie 30 times. Try ly­ing 30 times at your job to­day. They’ll ei­ther make you CEO or show you the door. (Don’t tell them I sent you; I take no re­spon­si­bil­ity.)

In this al­ter­nate re­al­ity we’re liv­ing, the ques­tion should be asked: What did Trump vot­ers know and when did they know it?

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