Despite the outright cruelty and total confusion surrounding Trump's Muslim ban, one "unnamed White House official" somehow considers it a success. Speaking with the Washington Post Sunday evening, a "senior administration official" spent an estimated 45 minutes defending the executive order and its rollout strategy.
"It really is a massive success story in terms of implementation on every single level," this "unnamed" official claimed. Success story? Try again:
There's a lot more to unpack in the Post's account of the briefing, including additional purported claims from the official that news outlets had provided "false, misleading, inaccurate, hyperventilating" coverage of the travel problems caused by the order, and that affected travelers were "set aside" for questioning, not detained. Not detained? Try again:
But let's focus on the fact that this official is acting as an "anonymous" source, a code that Democratic strategist Jim Manley may have already cracked:
In an interview with CBS This Morning Monday, Miller echoed the ban's "purported" success. When asked if additional countries would be added to the order, Miller dodged. "We’re going to take the next 30 days to develop a new set of screening protocols to try and ensure that people entering our country, particularly on a permanent basis, truly love and support the United States of America," he claimed. "There will be a 60-day period where countries will be asked to comply with the new directives."
And that's what we call a non-answer.