“You and what army?” pic.twitter.com/8TijggA6cD
— Schooley (@Rschooley) October 17, 2019
… Pre-sorted Starbursts, free money, and the wholehearted defense of even his dumbest moves.
Problem is, the guy with this kind of single-minded dedication to Lord Smallgloves’ whims is not necessarily an intellectual heavyweight.
here, from the WH podium, is Chief of Staff Mulvaney acknowledging quid pro quo – military aid for Ukraine to defend itself from Russian aggression in return for “DNC server” investigation intended to absolve Russia for its interference in 2016 election to help Trump win https://t.co/e5dk0J6ClX
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) October 17, 2019
"To be clear, what you described is a quid pro quo" — Here's Mick Mulvaney casually admitting that Trump held up aid to Ukraine as leverage to get the Ukrainian government to investigate the 2016 election pic.twitter.com/ylz7BKEmKd
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 17, 2019
Everyone’s free to choose the name by which they’re known, but as I have been pointing out for some time, Mick is generally not the cognomen of someone renowned for his wisdom.
Anyone stupid enough to work for Trump is too stupid to pull off the con. https://t.co/Fbw0Pgxg9o
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) October 17, 2019
Journos: don’t soft pedal was Mulvaney just said. They froze weapons aid to Ukraine until they agreed to get on board the Seth Rich/Crowdstrike server conspiracy theory. Why not just demand the Kurds invade Comet Ping Pong. We’re in freefall here.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) October 17, 2019
Voiceover: Later, that same day…
NEW: Mulvaney walks back today's press briefing: “There never was any condition on the flow of the aid related to the matter of the DNC server.”
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) October 17, 2019
Like everyone around Trump, seems like Mulvaney’s goal is now protecting himself. This is the area where he has personal exposure and details of his involvement had started leaking out. So he got out there and put it on the president. https://t.co/CVz2daPnwz
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) October 17, 2019
trump actually thought mick did a good job until someone had to tell trump that in fact mick did not do a good job https://t.co/IztPoX50uq
— darth™ (@darth) October 17, 2019
micks entire presser was for an audience of one and that guy enjoyed the show until people with nominally higher IQs and who actually know what "quid pro quo" actually means had to explain how fucked up it was and then he screamed at mick to issue a denial
— darth™ (@darth) October 17, 2019
SCHIFF responds: “Mr. Mulvaney’s acknowledgment means that things have gone from very, very bad to much, much worse.”
— Nicholas Fandos (@npfandos) October 17, 2019
— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) October 17, 2019
Mulvaney downplayed idea that Giuliani was engaging in shadow foreign policy by saying Trump could deploy whoever he wants. If that's the case, and Giuliani was merely acting as a foreign policy official, how can he claim attorney-client privilege?
— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) October 17, 2019
Little late on that walkback, Mick…
The facilitator: far from tamping down the campaign to pressure Ukraine, Mick Mulvaney repeatedly helped the 3 amigos circumvent the NSC, including in the hours before Trump’s ‘perfect’ call with Zelensky on July 25. Via @gregpmiller @jdawsey1 @GregJaffe https://t.co/Hd93Dg5hqy
— Greg Miller (@gregpmiller) October 16, 2019
— Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) October 16, 2019