In every conflict, you will find a purveyor of prevarication, a distiller of disinformation, a flinger of fraudulence. A liar for the regime.
In the Korean War, you had Seoul City Sue. During the Vietnam War, there was Hanoi Hannah. And who could forget Saddam Hussein’s own minister of mendacity, Baghdad Bob?
Donald Trump hardly seems like he would need a Baghdad Bob of his own, what with all the malarkey he tweets several times a day. And yet, there she is, the White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders.
Her name even sounds like the pseudonyms of her predecessors with its alliteration.
Over on Twitter, the brilliant attorney/professor Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) laid out a 56-tweet thread of all the lies Sanders oozed out in just a single press conference today. So I set up a poll under his thread to determine what kind of Baghdad Bob-type of name we should assign to Sanders.
We need a Baghdad Bob-esque name for Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
— Paul Ogata (@PaulOgata) October 30, 2017
Right now, with 18 hours left, there’s over 1000 votes. Yay Twitter! Currently, Trumpville Trudy is in the lead, but my favorite name, as crowdsourced from the comments section was “Moscow Mary.” Haaaaa! Good work, Ryan Graff (@GrombarSmash). Head over there now to vote and/or contribute your own choice.
Fun and games aside, there is an unmistakable similarity with the outright lies Baghdad Bob once spouted and those coming from Trump and Sanders.
I guess this was Baghdad Bob’s version of yelling, “fake news”:
This is an illusion … they are trying to sell to the others an illusion.
Trump likes to frequently add words like “truly” or “believe me” to make you think he’s not lying. Maybe this is where he learned it:
We made them drink poison last night and gave [them] a lesson which will not be forgotten by history. Truly.
And of course, there is this gem from Saddam Hussein’s Information Minister:
We will push those crooks, those mercenaries back into the swamp.
SWAMP? Oh. My. God. It’s like we’re living through a huge glitch in the Matrix.
When it all came crashing down for Saddam, everybody in his crew got rounded up and executed. With one small exception: Baghdad Bob. He was allowed to live a life of retirement in the United Arab Emirates.
So stop frowning, Moscow Mary. You can remain confident that your endless, egregious bullshitting won’t land you in prison with your friends. Hell, they even gave Sean Spicer his 15 minutes of fame at the Emmy Awards. Corners up, sad face.