One thing that makes politics so absurd — and partisan politics so transparent — is hypocrisy.
Which is to say disingenuousness. Which is to say, in a sense, lying for political gain.
Example: Nancy Pelosi called Trump’s wall “an immorality,” even though she voted — as did Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama — for 2006’s Fence Act (here). Not to mention the fact that the goob has a wall around her own property (here).
We also sometimes see the double standard among media, when one party’s called out on something for which the other is given a pass.
Along those lines, witness a Democrat dumping on The Donald over his remarks decrying the “infestation” of rodents in Baltimore. CNN anchor Victor Blackwell lost it over the comments on the air (here). It’s a must-see.
Since, a video’s surfaced revealing the city’s Democratic mayor lamenting the stench of dead rats (here), and now we’re on to the curious case of Uncle Bernie.
On Sunday, Bern was asked about Trump’s controversial tweets.
CNN’s Jake Tapper — who’s surprised me previously with his pressing of Democrats for clear answers — posed this to Sen. Sanders:
“I know you want to talk about issues, but I do also want to talk about what President Trump said about your former colleague in the House Elijah Cummings and his district being ‘a disgusting rat and rodent infested mess that no human being would want to live in.’ What’s your response?”
The Democratic Socialist politicked himself silly:
“Jake, it’s unbelievable that we have a president of the United States who attacks American cities, who attacks Americans, who attacks somebody who’s a friend of mine. Elijah Cummings is one of the most decent and outstanding members of the House of Representatives. He fights every day to improve life in his community.
“I do find it interesting that, when we have rural Republican districts where life expectancy is going down, where downtowns are boarded up, where people are struggling – and people are struggling in rural America. They’re struggling in urban America. They’re struggling in suburban America.
“Our job is to bring people together, to improve life for all people, not to have a racist president who attacks people because they are African Americans. That is a disgrace. And that is why we’re going to defeat this president.”
Now take a swig of reality’s dose. Here’s the same man in 2015:
Bernie Sanders visited Rep. Elijah Cummings district in 2015. He was shocked by what he saw.
"You would think that you were in a third world country," Sanders said. "We're talking about a community in which there are hundreds of buildings that are uninhabitable." pic.twitter.com/nqlCJS34RM
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) July 28, 2019
And that’s how it’s done.
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