Over the weekend, we were treated to a spectacular version of Orwellian logic when Rudy Giuliani appeared on Meet the Press and argued that… wait for it… “truth isn’t truth” anymore.
‘It’s somebody’s version of the truth. Not the truth,’ he said on ‘Meet the Press.’
Flabbergasted, program host Chuck Todd replied, ‘Truth is truth.’
Giuliani responded, ‘No, it isn’t truth. Truth isn’t truth.’
Todd laughed, put his head in his hands and shook his head back and forth when Giuliani made his statement and said to him: ‘Truth isn’t truth? Mr. Mayor do you realize, this is going to become a bad meme.’
Giuliani replied, ‘Don’t do this to me.’
‘Don’t do truth isn’t truth to me,’ Todd shot back.
Well, of course, it DID become a meme, and was wildly derided on every corner of the internet soon afterwards.
Giuliani must have recognized it was getting blowback, because today he’s come forward to refute (AND double-down) (in that way this administration has) his quote, saying he was being misinterpreted. That HIS OWN WORDS were being misinterpreted. Groan.
Here’s what he said:
‘My statement was not meant as a pontification on moral theology but one referring to the situation where two people make precisely contradictory statements, the classic “he said,she said” puzzle,’ Giuliani explained in a Monday morning tweet. ‘Sometimes further inquiry can reveal the truth other times it doesn’t.’
Hmmm. “Pontification on moral theology” doesn’t seem like the kind of words that usually come out of Guliani’s mouth. If I had to guess, this gobbledegook was the work of White-Supremist-in-charge-of-Propeganda Stephen Miller.
Anyway. Now we have “truth isn’t truth” to add to Kellyanne Conway‘s immortal “alternative facts” that will no doubt go down in history as the most absurd (and dangerous) things to come out of this White House.
(via Daily Mail; Photo: MediaPunch)