Lying has apparently become endemic in the Republican party. Florida congressional candidate Melissa Howard dropped out of the race today after being caught lying about her academic credentials:
A day after saying she planned to continue running for a state House seat despite revelations that she lied about having a degree from Miami University and went to great lengths to deceive people, Melissa Howard reversed course Tuesday and dropped out of a contest that has received national attention.That's not so remarkable. Politicians get caught telling lies all the time, and having to drop out of a race as a result is not so unusual. What struck me about this episode is that Howard kept right on telling brazen lies even while apologizing for telling her brazen lies!
“It was not my intent to deceive or mislead anyone,” Howard said Monday.Is that so? Then why did you go to such lengths to double down on your initial lie, even going so far as to produce a falsified diploma?
Howard's troubles began when a conservative news website published a report questioning whether she had graduated from Miami University, as she claimed.
Howard pushed back hard. She flew to Ohio to obtain her college transcripts and what she said is her diploma, displaying pictures of both online.
But the story unraveled when Miami University general counsel Robin Parker sent an email to the Herald-Tribune and other media outlets saying Howard never graduated and the diploma “does not appear to be an accurate Miami University diploma.”
Howard first responded to reports about Parker's email with a statement from her campaign manager Saturday calling it “fake news.”If it was not her intent to deceive or mislead, what was her intent? Of course her intent was to deceive and mislead! Unless Howard is mentally ill, there is no other possible explanation.
Worse, despite being exposed as a liar and then piling more lies on top of her original lies, the Republican party leaders still support her:
“Honorable and smart move by Melissa Howard,” tweeted prominent GOP consultant Brett Doster...Smart, maybe. But honorable? There is nothing about Howard's behavior that comes within hailing distance of honorable.
But piling lies on top of lies and calling them "honorable" is just another normal day in a party led by a pathological liar. Lies have become the Republican party's stock in trade. Republicans lie, and when they are caught lying they lie about the lying, and when that's not enough and they are forced to finally slink away with their lying tails between their lying legs they lie about that.
But at least they are all honourable men.