Not what she meant, ei­ther

The Washington Post - - FREE FOR ALL - Mary Jo Sut­ton, Gainesville

The Oct. 1 front-page ar­ti­cle “Bat­tle over Ka­vanaugh turns to scope of probe” quoted White House press sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee San­ders as say­ing, “No­body could deny that her tes­ti­mony wasn’t com­pelling, that it wasn’t im­pact­ful.” She needs the les­son in dou­ble neg­a­tives that I had in eighth grade. If she wanted to use the neg­a­tive verb “deny,” she should have said, “No­body could deny that her tes­ti­mony was com­pelling, that it was im­pact­ful.” Or us­ing an­other verb, she could have said, “No­body could say that her tes­ti­mony wasn’t com­pelling, that it wasn’t im­pact­ful.”

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