Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — I’ve been trying to processthe statementby former Trump campaign operative Corey Lewandowski at a congressional hearing this week that “I have no obligation to be honest with the media.”
And after giving it some thought, I’ve decided…it’s a problem.
Lewandowski was being questioned about a cable TV interview in which he lied about the President asking him to lean on then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to impede the Mueller/Russia probe.
Lewandowski claimed he didn’t remember any such request, but a few months later when Mueller asked him the same question under oath, his memory miraculously improved.
Pressed about his lie yesterday on CNN, Lewandowski offered this classic description of situational ethics: “I’m as honest as I can be, as often as I can be.”
Reactions to this story are a real litmus test.
Yes, all people lie from time to time, mostly as a matter of friendly courtesy, such as “hey, that’s a nice looking tie” or “yeah, your favorite band really rocks.”
And we know that many people, especially politicians, will shade the truth in order to promote their agenda.
But someone who would lie to your face and brag about it later is a different animal.
It’s like the old saying – if your romantic interest cheated on their ex, what makes you think they won’t cheat on you?
Lewandowski seems to want to run for the Senate in New Hampshire, which will pose a moral dilemma for voters there: do you really want to elect someone who will lie to your face?
Maybe Lewandowski and his fellow liars feel they’re getting away with something.
Can’t wait for the first Tuesday of November 2020 to find out if they were right.
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