Trump loyalists are working hard to defend the president. It isn’t going well.

White House adviser Stephen Miller Screengrab via Fox News

“This is an exercise in obfuscation,” Wallace said at one point, after Miller repeatedly refused to answer questions about why Trump would ever think it was appropriate to use his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to push for investigations of Biden, and about why Trump went against the guidance of his own Pentagon and State Department and decided to temporarily withhold aid to the country — aid that Trump appears to have used as leverage to get the Ukrainian government to investigate Biden.

On CNN’s State of the Union, one of Trump’s staunchest defenders in Congress, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), employed a strategy for defending Trump was similar to Miller’s — namely, trying to change the topic by pushing unfounded allegations about the Bidens.

But as host Jake Tapper highlighted, Jordan was skating on thin ice. Because while he has no problem tossing around unsubstantiated allegations about the Bidens, Jordan — a former assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State — has recently been under scrutiny for allegedly turning a blind eye to a sexual abuse scandal at the school.

“I would think somebody who has been accused of things in the last year or two would be more sensitive about throwing out wild allegations against people,” admonished Tapper, who at other points called Jordan out for his hypocrisy.

Graham’s inability to answer Brennan is reflective of the main impression left by Trump defenders’ media tour on Sunday: not that they’re victims of media bias, but that they’re woefully unprepared to defend a president whose conduct is becoming increasingly hard to justify.

Article URL : https://www.vox.com/2019/9/29/20889765/trump-whistleblower-fox-news-sunday-stephen-miller-giuliani-stephanopoulos

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