Donald Trump and his chief surrogates lie so much that journalists are now calling for a ban on their interviews.
On Monday, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani lacked credibility, and interviewing them was a waste of time.
“Do we interview Sarah Huckabee Sanders?” Brzezinski said. “Do we put her on the air at this point? What happens to briefings, if they ever come back? Where do we go with a situation like this?”
Jonathan Lemire, White House correspondent for the Associated Press, said previous press secretaries have shaded the truth to benefit the president they served, but he said the Sanders situation was substantially different.
“We didn’t see the outright falsehoods and outright lies,” Lemire said. “Not just the media, but the American public is to rely on the White House normally as an authority of truth where you can believe and trust in your government. I do think it creates a tricky situation going forward. It’s the same with Kellyanne Conway, where she’s gone on television and given falsehoods and does she deserve air time. We would look to have her come back to the podium and be able to ask her questions.”
Brzezinski said she won’t interview Conway, because she’d long ago given away her credibility.
“That’s why we don’t have Kellyanne on, because it’s literally 20 minutes of lies,” she said.
Scarborough said other Trump representatives had the same problem.
“I was watching Rudy Giuliani this weekend,” he said. “I don’t understand why anybody would have Sarah Sanders on if they know she’s going to lie, and Kellyanne Conway, if they know they’re going to lie.”
“This isn’t opinion, it isn’t subjective, it is objective,” Scarborough added. “You can stack their words up against words they’ve used in the past and they just lie, and they do it if they would like to get angry about that, we’d be glad to run clips all day tomorrow showing their lies. But the same thing with Rudy Giuliani, the host was asking him things and he was saying things that were objectively false.”