White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham still has not yet held a single press conference since taking over the job from Sarah Huckabee Sanders, but that hasn’t stopped the outpouring of absurd lies from the seat of the presidency. Handing off the mic to whoever wants it appears to be standard practice at the White House these days — people like the President’s liar-in-chief, Kellyanne Conway.
For some inexplicable reason, Conway was sent to make a statement to press at the White House this morning and celebrated the new Center for Disease Control report that showed a minute increase in life expectancy in America.
In her usual sycophantic and entirely fact-free fashion, Conway gave all credit to Donald and Melania Trump for the increase thanks to their “whole of government approach to treat the whole person.”
Of course, the CDC report does not say this.
Kellyanne Conway claims that "life expectancy in America has increased" because of a "whole of government approach to treat the whole person led by President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and really the entire administration." The CDC report this is based on doesnt say this. pic.twitter.com/82neKPfFpX
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) January 30, 2020
The CDC report states that the life expectancy in the United States rose from 78.6 years to 78.7 years thanks to drops in cancer, accidents, and overdose deaths. Deaths from suicide, influenza, and pnuemonia rose. Nowhere in the report are Donald or Melania Trump mentioned.
“According to the CDC, there were 67,367 drug overdose deaths in 2018 in the United States, compared to 70,237 in 2017, a decline of 4.1%. But two sub-categories of overdose rose: deaths involving use of cocaine and deaths involving fentanyl and related synthetic opioids” reports the Providence Journal.
The idea that the First Lady’s lackluster and extremely contrived “BeBest” program ostensibly fighting bullying and opioid abuse, or anything else the largely detached Melania Trump has done, has had any substantial affect on the nation is honestly laughable.
It is surreal and disturbing to see the president’s minions trotted out to engage in Dear Leader-level hero worship and personally giving him credit for things that he had little effect on, and we must not allow this kind of behavior to become normalized.