TOWOIT #332: just ONE of today’s big lies

May 26, 2018

It’s Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, but thanks to a bald-faced lie from Donald Trump on Twitter this morning, many familiar briefing room characters piped up in response. Also Chrissy Teigan, always a friend of the blog.

Here’s the tweet:

Donald Trump's tweet about a senior white house official not existing

So, Donald Trump said a number of his own team didn’t exist and a briefing in the briefing room didn’t happen.

When the White House communications staff does background briefings, a stipulation is that whoever is talking will be referred to as a senior White House official instead of by their name. It’s a normal part of the deal.

Screen Shot 2018-05-26 at 11.56.04 AM

Ashley Parker’s was the first tweet I saw — before even Trump’s. She writes for the Washington Post and I’ve been looking at her sideways ever since she glibly said on Pod Save the America that she was pleasantly surprised that covering this White House was “really fun” and “like covering a campaign.” I’ve been like, “Oh good, glad you’re enjoying our dystopian hellscape, ASHLEY.” But I appreciated that she jumped right on this situation this morning.

Screen Shot 2018-05-26 at 7.19.13 PM

Outspoken Brian Karem, he of the shouted end-of-briefing questions from the sideline, said the name of the official.

Another White House reporter:


Chrissy Teigen swiping at the New York Times’s Maggie Haberman (the Trump Whisperer) was one of my favorite things of the day.

Screen Shot 2018-05-26 at 12.45.35 PM

Maggie Haberman pushed back against Boris Epshteyn about it.

Screen Shot 2018-05-26 at 12.06.10 PM

And then a bunch of other stuff happened that I missed, but I can only imagine that people were giving Maggie Haberman a hard time for being kind of a slippery Trump semi-apologist even though she knows better.

Chrissy Teigen was still on the case when I popped back in.

Screen Shot 2018-05-26 at 6.09.52 PM

Other people who weighed in… Peter Baker, also of the New York Times.

Screen Shot 2018-05-26 at 11.58.01 AM

And Andrew Feinberg, whose story I find so baffling, but who still has that press credential I guess?

Screen Shot 2018-05-26 at 12.06.48 PM

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s