As supporters of President Donald Trump try desperately to put a positive spin on former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, their arguments are quickly devolving into nothing but weak, ineffective talking points which only serve to expose them as frightened and on edge.
Such was the case Friday morning when former speechwriter for George W. Bush, David Frum, and Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, appeared on CNN.
Schlapp began by arguing that Comey’s testimony had completely “vindicated” Trump, the very same word that has been used by the president’s personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz and Trump himself have been using over the past 48 hours. This led Frum to comment:
“This is turning into an ugly dog contest for pathetic talking points, really.”
Apparently irritated by that remark, Schlapp replied:
“Thanks a lot, David, I appreciate it.”
Later in the debate, Frum also noted that Comey had exposed Trump as nothing but a liar:
“Everything the president said about the matter was a lie.”
Schlapp then began recalling that when he worked in the Bush administration, loyalty was expected from all members of the White House. But, Frum wondered, did Bush ask then-FBI Director Robert Mueller for a pledge of loyalty the way Comey alleges Trump did? To that, Schlapp relied on a weasel word, saying a loyalty pledge was “implied.” When Schlapp refused to let Frum make a point, Frum told him:
“Matt, taking all the airtime won’t make your arguments better.”
And that’s when Schlapp lost it, having a momentary meltdown as he snapped out:
“David, I’m not an ugly dog and I’m not taking the airtime!”
It’s so much fun watching as Republicans try to defend a man for doing indefensible things, isn’t it? Watching their party collapse as Trump continues to fade in the polls should be entertaining.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org