“We begin tonight keeping them honest, with the White House continuing their effort to gaslight the American people,” Anderson Cooper opened, before giving a definition of the term.
“Gaslighting is when someone tries to make you question your own reality and sanity,” Cooper explained. “And they do this by lying, they do it by speaking in contradictions, and by denying the reality that you know to be true… so that is how the White House is gaslighting the American people daily in an effort to cover up how it handled the case of Rob Porter.”
Porter resigned from the White House last week after both of his ex-wives accused him of domestic abuse. The fallout from his ouster has left the White House plagued with questions over whether officials most notably chief of staff John Kelly new about the allegations against Porter.
The White House’s shifting explanations and morphing timeline of the controversy, as well FBI Director Christopher Wray’s sworn testimony on Tuesday morning contradicting those explanations, have prolonged the scandal.
In Cooper’s monologue, he explained how “the story magically, conveniently changed hours after the FBI Director testified about a timeline that directly contradicted what the White House had said just yesterday.”
He pointed out that the White House had the audacity to wildly change their narrative just two hours after FBI Director Christopher Wray delivered bombshell testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee in which he made it clear that the FBI had flagged Porter as early as March 2017, then sent additional corroborating evidence to the White House in July 2017.
Wray said the FBI sent information to the Trump administration a total of four times between March 2017 and January 2018, at which point their case was closed. Keep in mind that Porter was not, at any point, fired by the President who rode into his position predicated on a reality show personality in which he was the Boisterous Guy Who Loves To Fire Everybody.