During the opening of her show Monday, MSNBC’s Katy Tur voiced concerns about the possibility of armed conflict in the Middle East in the aftermath of attacks on Saudi oil facilities.
Her concerns stem from President Donald Trump’s history of telling lies, Mediaite reports. To the tune of more than 10,000. In her discussion with Andrea Mitchell, Tur noted that while Iran may be behind the attack, “but when it comes to an issue of whether or not to engage in an armed conflict in the Middle East, Americans are justifiably wary and reluctant to take the government’s word for it.”
Tur also noted Trump brought that very issue up on the campaign trail.
“Now that Donald Trump is president, it’s even harder to take the government’s word for it,” Tur said. “The Washington Post false or misleading statement tracker is now up to 12,000, everything from the trivial to the serious. Case in point, the president has contradicted himself on this very issue repeatedly. So our big question today is on the issue of war, how does the American public know when the government is telling the truth?”
Tur is exactly right. Trump has lied on everything from climate change, Hillary Clinton, to even Hurricane Dorian. He’s a one-man lying machine.
So Tur is completely right when she points out that folks are doubtful anytime this man says anything.
Then she had a pointed question for her colleague, Andrea Mitchell.
“On this issue, how do we trust the administration? How does the American public trust the American government on the issue of war or armed conflict in the Middle East?”
Mitchell’s answer was adroit as she addressed the lead-up to the situation with Iraq as well.
“It’s very hard to know what to believe,” she said.
Mitchell and Tur aren’t wrong. Trump has told so many falsehoods that it’s hard to even know where to begin. He’s done it both before and after being elected. Something Katy Tur is only too familiar with after he targeted her on the campaign trail.
You can watch Tur and Mitchell discuss the Iran situation in the video below.
Featured image courtesy of the video above