Seth Abramson @SethAbramson Attorney. @Newsweek columnist. NYT bestselling author of a book on Trump's Iran policy, Proof of Conspiracy (Macmillan, amzn.to/2sQBWYL). Professor. Jun. 02, 2019 1 min read

When the President of the United States tells us not to believe something we saw or heard, Orwell winks at us from his grave

1/ I've got no problem with Trumpists saying, "He wasn't saying she's 'nasty' as in gross, and wasn't even saying that she's 'nasty' as in 'mean' all the time," but if you can't admit he said she acted in a nasty way to him, thereby "calling her nasty," you're a member of a cult.

2/ And of course even in saying "he said she acted in a nasty way to him," I'm being *charitable* to Trump, i.e., "I didn't know she was nasty" is *charitably* shorthand for "I didn't know she had been nasty to me," but it's not the words he actually *said*, which were far worse.


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