The golden age of fibbery

We’ll start with Rush Limbaugh, a longtime Donald Trump booster who has called himself, among other things, “The King of Realville.” On his August 29 show, after a week or two of various trial balloons from the Trump campaign indicating he might “soften” on immigration, Limbaugh insisted that he “never took” Trump “seriously” on the candidate’s long-celebrated policy of mass deportations. One could forgive him for this, if true: After all, Trump has flip-flopped like a loopy former gymnastics champion on a multitude of issues over the past year. Rush’s transcripts, however, tell a different story.

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As Conor Friedersdorf has noted at The Atlantic, Limbaugh had nothing but praise for Trump’s whole-family-deportation proposal the day after the candidate detailed it on Meet the Press. Trump had a “serious immigration plan,” Limbaugh said, lauding his brave television performance. “It’s obvious that that issue is the foundational issue for Trump, and I think for Trump to blow this he would have to change immigration. He’d have to backtrack, which he’s not going to do.”

Ah, well. That was a long time ago, and it’s tough to dig up transcripts. Who has the energy? Months float by, and with enough time, it’s easy to spin your way out of comments that were otherwise black and white. It’s not as if Limbaugh contradicted himself on the same day, acting like two completely different people with two different personalities and divergent policy ideas during two widely televised events only six hours apart!

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