Conservative pundits can always fill a column simply by pointing out the whiplash-inducing change in standards between Trump and Biden. This week brought us two major about-faces.
The Washington Post’s “fact checker” Glenn Kessler announced that the paper will stop keeping a database on President Biden’s false or misleading statements after 100 days.
The excuse is that they only ever intended to do it for the first 100 days of any presidency, but Trump was just such a lying liar who lies that they had no choice but to parse every word he said for four years. Kessler claims that Biden has said only 67 false or misleading things, while Trump said thousands (a number arrived at by counting every joke, deliberate hyperbole, denial of fake news or difference of opinion as a “lie.” Recall for instance Trump’s big lies that he didn’t collude with Russia or we’d have a COVID vaccine by the end of 2020.)
The implication is that Biden is a return to honesty and “normalcy.” I would argue that anyone who voted for Biden on his promise of being a moderate who would seek bipartisan consensus realizes that either his entire campaign was a giant lie or his presidency is.
Our other “Oh, How Times Have Changed!” example came from Biden himself, who ended his Tuesday Q&A with reporters by saying, “I’m sorry. This is the last question I’m gonna take. I’m really gonna be in trouble.”
As the linked article notes, can you imagine Trump being afraid that he’d get in trouble if he answered another question? More worrying, though, is what did Biden mean by that? He’s supposed to be the President of the United States. Is he really afraid of getting in trouble if he answers an unscripted question? Why? And who would he be in trouble with? Is that a cry for help? Enquiring minds want to know. Too bad there are none of those anymore at the Washington Post.