Doublespeak – Donald and his disciples

Donald Trump’s latest press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said in her first press conference she would not lie to us. She then proceeded to emulate her boss’ untruthfulness. Last week, she said the US is the envy of the world in how we have handled COVID-19. That is not in the ballpark of being correct. That is doublespeak.

Per Wikipedia, doublespeak “is language that deliberately obscures, disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. Doublespeak may take the form of euphemisms, in which case it is primarily meant to make the truth sound more palatable. It may also refer to intentional ambiguity in language or to actual inversions of meaning.”

“The term ‘doublespeak’ originates in George Orwell’s book ‘1984’ (Nineteen Eighty-Four). Although the term is not used in the book, it is a close relative of two of the book’s central concepts, ‘doublethink’ and ‘Newspeak’. Another variant, ‘doubletalk’, also referring to deliberately ambiguous speech, did exist at the time Orwell wrote his book.”

Back to McEnany’s statement, the US has less than 5% of the global population, but 24% of the global COVID-19 deaths. Americans are restricted in traveling to many countries as the world is appalled at our mishandling of the pandemic. Doublespeak.

The president has misinformed us from the get go, but he is now playing Pollyanna saying it will go away soon and is not that bad. That is doublespeak. He finally wore a mask at Walter Reed Hospital to see veterans, but disdained its use, except for one brief part of a factory tour. Failing to wear a mask is its own form of doublespeak.

An ABC/ ISPOs poll said 67% of Americans disapprove of his handling of COVID-19. 67% also disapprove of his handling of the racial injustice issues. He has demeaned Black Lives Matter, he has looked past the many diverse peaceful protests to highlight the few more violent ones, and he has used code words to demean Black protestors. Adding to previous racial remarks, he has fanned the flames of division through his doublespeak.

Now, he is trying to re-litigate the Mueller and Ukraine investigations as he fires or forces out public servants who testified under oath at great risk over their concerns, as well as commuting the sentence of Roger Stone and having his Attorney General whitewash Michael Flynn’s case after he pleaded guilty to lying twice. This is doublespeak.

Robert Mueller penned an op-ed that everyone should read. He reiterates what they uncovered and the guilt of Stone and the others. The Attorney General cannot whitewash Mueller’s op-ed like he did with The Mueller Report.

This president will be remembered for his corruption, deceit and denigration of the media, hard-working civil servants, the law, our allied relationships and American ideals. And, it is greatly disappointing that so many Senators, Congresspeople and staff have contributed to and abetted his doublespeak.

Doublespeak is not new to Trump. Five Trump biographers noted before the election Trump has a problem with the truth. A simple example is how he got his money. He has boasted he got a $1 million loan from his father. An analysis by financial reporters, published in The New York Times in the fall 2018, noted his father transferred over $400 million in various ways before he died to his son to avoid taxes. Doublespeak.

Finally, he boasts he built the economy, yet the truth is he continued it. When he was sworn in, we were in the 91st consecutive month of economic growth. It went on for another 38 months before the recession. So, taking full credit for the economy is Doublespeak.

10 thoughts on “Doublespeak – Donald and his disciples

  1. Doublespeak and Alternative Facts…45’s legacy! The mask worn by trump in the photo at Walter Reed Hospital definitely improves his appearance. That could be further improved upon by covering trump’s entire head with a hood and having only two little openings for his eyes. Thank-you!

    • Ellen, just like Roger Stone’s picture should be in the dictionary under “dirty trickster,” the president should find his picture under “fake news” and “alternate facts.” His legacy of misdeeds will last well beyond his presidency. Keith

  2. Ms. McEnany’s first lie was when she said “I will not lie to you.” And she hasn’t stopped lying since. But, to say that we are the envy of the world for having the highest death rate and the most cases on the globe is … she deserves to be knocked off that pedestal on which she stands for such a baldfaced lie! One day this week, we hit 71,000 new cases and now have 26% and climbing of the total cases worldwide. Our politicians are attempting to force people to put themselves at risk for their own self-gain. McEnany may well be trying to get a job picking fruit in California once a bit of common sense returns to our government! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

    • Jill, you hit the nail on the head. I do not waste my time watching people I know are lying to me. Richard Nixon routinely said “I am not a crook.” He was wrong. Donald Trump claims anything bad with his fingerprints on it is “fake news.” He is wrong. McEnany is covering for an untruthful person, so when she covers for a an untruthful person, what does that make her? Keith

      • Jill, and now there is an intense campaign, not to address COVID-19, but shift the blame to Fauci. It would be a better use of time actually trying to solve problems. I would be ashamed to have to kowtow to such a corrupt and deceitful boss. Keith

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