GOP Senator Says Trump Doesn’t Tell Lies, He’s Just Using ‘Hyperbole’


Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, most recently known as “one of the guys with his name on another shitty Republican healthcare bill,” appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday, apparently in an effort to ramp up the level of irony in Washington, D.C.

Asked by host Mika Brzezinski whether it was “fair to say the president has not told the truth, at times,” Senator Cassidy launched into a bizarre explanation of what is and is not lying, and saying that different people “interpret” the way Donald Trump speaks differently:

“This president speaks in hyperbole, and hyperbole is interpreted by some as lies, and by the president it is interpreted as just his exaggeration. ‘The most beautiful in the world’ — well, what’s the most beautiful in the world? That’s in the eye of the beholder. So the president has a manner of speaking which is easily taken as a lie, and the president will refute that. I frankly don’t focus on that, Mika.”

Frankly, we wish Senator Cassidy would focus a little more on the difference between the two. Because he is clearly as practiced a liar as the man he’s attempting to defend.

How can Bill Cassidy even sleep at night, then get up in the morning to defend a man who just called a pregnant military widow and the mother of a fallen soldier liars, rather than admit he might have been insensitive in his condolence call after their loved one’s death?

Simple: Bill Cassidy has zero problems with lying, and even with lying about having lied.

In fact, a certain late-night host, who Cassidy christened as the namesake of his healthcare litmus, showed the entire world that Cassidy’s “Jimmy Kimmel Test” was a bit of hyperbole a goddamn lie.

Back in September, Kimmel had Cassidy on his show to discuss healthcare after Kimmel’s own son suffered some serious complications at birth and required multiple open heart surgeries and other delicate procedures. After Kimmel had delivered an emotional monologue to his audience about the importance of healthcare availability for everyone, Cassidy apparently thought he could ride the wave of support that America gave to Jimmy.

But when Cassidy’s joint healthcare bill with Senator Lindsey Graham was made public, it was the worst yet of all the GOP bills this Congress has so far attempted to pass. Kimmel did not mince words:

“Most of the congresspeople who vote on this bill probably won’t even read it. And they want us to do the same thing. They want us to treat it like an iTunes service agreement. And this guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face.”

Maybe Bill Cassidy is uniquely qualified to comment on what’s hyperbole and what’s a lie because he’s so practiced at both. But when PolitiFact examines 462 of Trump’s statements and finds 70 percent of them to come in at “Mostly False” or worse, it’s pretty clear that he’s into the arena of something a little more concrete than hyperbole.

Watch the Morning Joe exchange here:

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