Yesterday was an illuminating day for followers of the incoming Trump administration. Twice, the team — including the President-elect himself — was caught by journalists engaging in obvious deception.
First, campaign spokesman Jason Miller made this easily-disproven claim:
President-elect Trump has never advocated for any registry or system that tracks individuals based on their religion, and to imply otherwise is completely false.
Later, we had the candidate himself inventing a major victory in which he kept Ford’s from closing a Kentucky plant and sending those jobs to Mexico:
I worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant in Kentucky. I owed it to the great State of Kentucky for their confidence in me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2016
Only problem is, that plant was never going to Mexico, which the company and media were quick to point out. Ford last year announced it was shifting production of one Lincoln model away from the plant, but would replace it with work on the Escape, resulting in no net job loss. And the plant was never slated for closure.
It seems you can’t trust a Trump spokesperson to tell the truth, and you can’t trust Trump to tell the Truth. But that’s what you get with this team. Literally. They admitted it yesterday.
In talks with Japan’s Prime Minister, Trump representatives said not to take what they said “literally.”
I don’t even know where you go from here.
Ever day in America there is a factory that does not close and move to Mexico. Now Trump has a proven formula to take credit for each one.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) November 18, 2016