On Tuesday, Hope Hicks, the White House communications director testified before Congress for nine hours. During that testimony, she admitted to lying in order to protect the President. She admitted to telling what she called "white lies" to protect Donald Trump. Let's take a beat and think about that for a moment. The White House communications director admitted, under oath, to lying. Shocking? Not really. Not in this White House, in this administration. This administration tells so many lies, it is getting hard to keep them straight.
Mark Twain famously said, "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." Clearly, Trump and his loyalists did not get the memo. On Wednesday, just one day after her date with Congress, we learn that Ms. Hicks has decided to resign her post as White House communications director but her supporters insist that her decision has absolutely nothing to do with her testimony before Congress. I will let you decide if that is true.
The pressure inside the White House is growing day by day, not necessarily because of external forces. Yes, the Russia investigation is still progressing but I do not believe that is what is causing the pressure. It comes from the top. The President lies so much, his staff must in turn lie to cover his ass. People who have worked in government or anyone who has a shred of decency know that above all else, in order to maintain the public trust and retain a modicum of integrity, you have to be truthful. When they are forced into a situation where they have to choose between loyalty to a feckless demagogue or the truth, the pressure mounts. That is why this administration has had a record number of firings, resignations and defections. And as the lies continue, you will see more and more until the cheese stands alone.