There’s an old expression we’ve heard our entire lives: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And that was in evidence on CNN earlier today when Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, was asked by host Alisyn Camerota about why the Orange Menace refuses to provide proof of his charitable giving. Camerota also asked Conway if Trump could produce a letter which proves he is indeed being audited by the IRS. Conway got extremely defensive, responding:
“I don’t know. Why? Are you calling him a liar?
“And we’re taking Hillary Clinton’s word for she was ‘overheated.’ I mean, seriously, we’re running against a Clinton and we’re going to challenge someone’s veracity?”
Yes, Ms. Conway, we have every right to question the veracity of a pathological liar like Donald Trump.
Camerota turned specifically to the Trump Foundation, which Trump has not given a cent to since 2008. But again Conway attempted to lie her way out of the facts:
“Donald Trump has been incredibly generous over the course of his life with his own money and his foundation’s money, which is his money.”
That’s when Camerota dropped the truth bomb on Conway:
“No. The foundation’s money are other people who contributed to his foundation.”
So what about the tax returns, Kellyanne? Camerota asked again:
“Part of why people are calling for him to release his taxes is so that we do know how he himself has given to charity. Will you or the campaign release exactly what that number is?”
Yet again Conway acted offended instead of responding to the query:
“I doubt it. This is like badgering. In other words, I don’t see it as journalism. I see it as badgering. In other words, we’ve had this conversation so many times on so many different networks, and yet, we’re not having conversations about what the middle class tax relief would actually mean for people’s wage stagnation.”
Wanna put an end to all the questions? Simply release the tax returns. But Conway decided to try and muddy the issue by telling Camerota:
“Donald Trump is a very generous man. And to employ tens of thousands of people from different countries, both genders certainly, from all walks of life over the years.”
Camerota ripped that logic to shreds by correctly reminding Conway:
“That’s not charity. Employment is not charity.”
And lies, obfuscation, and deflection–the hallmarks of the Trump campaign–are not the truth.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org