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If there’s anything resembling an upside to the Trump administration, it’s the fact that as the president’s lies get more and more outlandish, we get the pleasure of sitting back and watching White House toadies fall flat on their asses trying to explain whatever mush-brained nonsense Trump came up with this time. On Tuesday, it was Vice President Mike Pence’s turn.

Asked by NBC’s Hallie Jackson to explain why the president insisted last week that “some [past presidents] have told me that we should have [built a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico],” Pence offered this mealy-mouthed nonsense:

Go ahead, read that to yourself. Hell, read it out loud. Try not to wince.

Well, you, you, you...[audible sigh]... I I know the president has said that that was his impression, uh, from previous administrations, previous presidents. I know, I know I’ve seen clips of previous presidents talking about the importance of border security, the importance of addressing the issue of illegal immigration.

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Were they playing charades? Did Jimmy Carter put on pancake makeup and a black leotard and mime his support for a wall? Was Trump at the end of a game of telephone, and what George Bush actually whispered was that he supported “ball”?

Each and every living president, for the record, has denied telling the president that they’re on his side when it comes to walling off the U.S.’ southern border. But hey, I guess that’s just the impression that I get.