Conservatives always follow the same predictable pattern when their candidates are caught in acts of stupidity: claim that whatever it was, their guy didn’t do it and then when the evidence is too hard to ignore, move the goalposts to whatever their guy did wasn’t actually that bad anyway – and their political opponents did something worse.
Usually one step takes place a bit later after the first – several weeks or months after whatever the news event was. Unfortunately, with the former guy, it’s taking just a few days for right-wing media pundits to try and keep up with the quickly shifting narrative and try to adjust the story wherever they can.
To give you an idea of how bad this week has been, Sean Hannity, one of the former guy’s loudest cheerleaders, has decided to shift his rhetoric from Donald Trump has done nothing wrong to arguing that the former guy should challenge the law in order to run from prison in 2024. This sounds incredibly absurd because it is – and while there are those who will freak out about something like how even prison can’t stop Trump, one should consider what is really being said.
Even Sean Hannity, who has been a staunch defender of the last administration despite knowing how insane its leadership was, is talking about the possibility that Trump will be in prison – meaning he’s prepared for that very real possibility and floating trial balloons of what he’ll say when it happens. The former guy’s plight is getting worse by the minute and his biggest cheerleaders are already preparing for the right script.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making