Fox Business isn’t really the kind of place one would go to be intellectually stimulated, but regardless, the network’s Stuart Varney said something so ridiculous the other day that it left even former Tea Party Republican and Trump challenger Joe Walsh speechless.
Walsh, who recently announced he
will primary Trump in 2020, was on Varney’s show to complain about how much
Trump lies, which is somewhere in the neighborhood of 12,000
times since taking office. And the former Tea Party lawmaker from Illinois,
who used to claim that President Barack Obama is Muslim and wasn’t born in the
knows a thing or two about lying.
I would assume that Varney is familiar with lies, too, because
he works at Fox. Nevertheless, he wasn’t letting on.
“I do believe we’ve never had a situation like this, where
we have a president who we fundamentally can’t believe,” Walsh said, truthfully.
“I do believe he lies virtually every time he opens mouth.” Accurate.
However, Varney was incredulous at this point and tried to
put Walsh in his place—or at least remind him how a good Republican is supposed to act—by demanding an example of Trump
telling a lie, which honestly, isn’t very hard to do.
Walsh cited an example from members of Trump’s own staff,
earlier this week that the president had lied about nonexistent high-level
phone conversations with China about the trade war. Trump told this lie to manipulate
the markets, they said. Now, one might think that this type of lie might be
of some interest to a person that, I don’t know, hosts a show on a business network. One would be wrong.
“No they didn’t. No. No,” Varney
said, shaking his head in disbelief. “That’s not a lie.”
Varney demanded another example of Trump lying. Walsh responded
by asking if Varney believes that Trump lies.
“He exaggerates and spins,”
Varney said. Ok. We’re moving the goal posts.
Walsh asked again: “Do you
believe he’s ever told the American people a lie?”
Varney answered again: “No.”
You should watch Walsh’s reaction, because frankly, what
else is he supposed to do at that point:
As Eric Kleefeld of Media Matters for America pointed out,
Varney also lied to Walsh by telling him they had to end the segment because
they had a hard commercial break to do. And then Varney
and his panel continued trashing Walsh for another solid minute.
Watch more of the exchange: