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Talk: Christian Lorentzen

The Rhetoric of Evasion What Trump’s White House has done to the way politicians lie.
Sean Spicer arguing with the press about the president’s reorganization of the National Security Council, January 30.

“WE’RE PUTTING CONUNDRUMS on top of hypotheticals on top of conjecture here. We take it all very seriously, but I think we’re having the same conversation seven different ways, respectfully, and ignoring all the other things that the national-security adviser, president, the vice-president, and this administration are doing together,” Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway said on February 13 to MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki. At issue was the phone chatter between Michael Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and whether they talked about sanctions relief in the late days of the Obama administration, but really Conway could have been talking about any of the things she goes on television to talk about, because she was using her three favorite rhetorical tactics. First she casts doubt on the verifiable reality of the question at hand, painting the attempt to get at the truth as a

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