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How about if we let Jesus answer Kellyanne Conway?

Donald Trump’s indefatigable apologist was at it again Monday on CNN, defending her boss against, of all people, Meryl Streep. The 19-time Oscar nominee got under Trump’s famously thin skin with a speech at Sunday night’s Golden Globes.

In it, she chastised him for, among other things, mocking Serge F. Kovaleski, a New York Times reporter who has arthrogryposis, a congenital condition that causes abnormal muscle development and severely restricted joint movements. Trump, lying as is his wont, has frequently denied what he did, even though the proof is as near as Google.

He denied it again while tweeting about Streep. Conway, appearing on CNN, took umbrage when anchor Chris Cuomo expressed skepticism. “Why don’t you believe him?” she asked. “Why is everything taken at face value? You can’t give him the benefit of the doubt on this and he’s telling you what was in his heart? You always want to go by what’s come out of his mouth rather than look at what’s in his heart.”

It bears repeating because even by the standards of Trump World, it’s a humdinger. Don’t listen to what the president-elect says, she says. Go by what’s in his heart.

Jesus saw that one coming 2,000 years ago: “ A good man,” he taught, “brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

For those of you playing along at home, that’s Luke 6:45, the Son of God calling BS on the son of Fred, and on Conway’s bizarre insistence that somehow people have — repeatedly — misread his intentions all these months. Sorry, but if the eyes are windows to the soul, then the mouth is its megaphone, and Trump has used his repeatedly and effectively to tell us what sort of person he is.

So it’s funny, but frankly also chilling, to see Conway scurrying around at this late date, in effect asking America to grade Donald Trump on a curve. Don’t go by what comes out of his mouth?

Seriously? Seriously!?

She does know this man is about to president, right? She realizes, doesn’t she, that a president’s words can incite revolution? That they can move the stock market? That they can get people killed?

Yet this woman thinks the problem with Trump’s diarrheal mouth is the fact that we listen to it. In other words, pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. Is that to be the message our ambassadors give our foreign friends — and foes — for the next four years?

“Oh, don’t worry about it, Mr. Prime Minister. That’s just Donald. He’s just talkin’.”

Yeah. That’s totally not ridiculous.

To hear Conway tell it, some combination of Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama has been hiding in plain sight all along, except that somehow, Trump’s unruly mouth failed to properly represent Trump’s saintly heart and it’s all your fault, anyway, for believing words and actions have meaning. The trouble is, inconvenient realities like this one insist on telling a different story. Indeed, the Kovaleski case is the whole tragedy of Donald Trump in microcosm: the scorn, the bullying, the pettiness, the lying, the self-delusion.

In the face of that, Conway’s entreaty to disregard Trump’s mouth and look into Trump’s soul is beyond asinine. Sorry, but Jesus — big surprise — was right. “The mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Trump’s mouth has made it starkly clear what fills his heart.

And, sadly, what does not.

IMAGE: Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the first debate with Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, U.S., September 26, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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  1. Dominick Vila January 13, 2017

    What comes out of Trump’s mouth is, indeed, what is in his heart and mind, and that what’s scary. From childish over reactions, to vindictiveness (what in far right circles passes for counter punching), to dangerous statements, demonstrations of extreme ignorance, to the appointment of Cabinet members whose life history and statements indicate a determination to over turn all the social gains made during the past half century, it is evident that the agenda of the new occupant of the White House is to return to an era that ought to be confined to the annals of history, and used only as a lessons learned to be avoided by every personal with an ounce of responsibility, decency, a sense of humanity, and common sense. Considering what we have all heard and seen during the past several months, I think it is fair to say that the term Greatness is in desperate need of redefinition.

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    1. dbtheonly January 13, 2017

      Rather, isn’t this just another example of living within the RW bubble?

      Trump is a great man. Any information to the contrary is fake news. Any right thinking person would see the fake news and not doubt that Trump is a great man.

      Even when the words are Trump’s; you have to look at his heart, which is the heart of a great man, to see what he means. Which may or may not be what he said.

      Does Trump recognize the BS?
      Do Trump’s Advisors?
      What happens in a week?
      To what extent can Trump bend reality to his will?
      To what extent will the RWMO define reality in terms of Trump’s will?

      As a level of bizarreness, look at our trolls, now asserting that Russia is a kindly, benevolent nation and Liberals are being McCarthyites.

      Whooda thunk it?

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      1. TZToronto January 13, 2017

        Let’s all listen to the Orange One’s inaugural address. It should be a classic. Instead of outlining his goals for the next four years, he’ll rant about how he’s been demeaned and attacked by the liberal media and how great he is and what a wonderful cabinet he has, one that will dredge up the America that used to be great but is now rotting in a garbage dump. He’ll bluster about keeping America safe from those pesky Muslims and raping Mexicans, and he’ll brag about all the jobs he’ll bring back from China and all the jobs he’s already saved. But the best part will be when he goes off script and starts to wing it with sentences that he never completes. That’s when we’ll hear the real Trump, the self-serving, arrogant, hateful Trump that Kellyanne says doesn’t exist.

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        1. dbtheonly January 13, 2017

          No thank you.

          I fully plan to drink myself insensible and lose Friday the 20th entirely.

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          1. TZToronto January 14, 2017

            That’s Option #2.

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  2. FireBaron January 13, 2017

    Most people with half a functional brain have managed to insert a filter between their brain and mouth (or in some cases between brain and fingertips). Teflon Donnie has never had the need to do so. Anything he wanted or needed, he had an army of sycophants to jump at whatever he wanted.

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  3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 13, 2017

    The same demonic force that has seeped deep into Trump’s heart and soul has found a willing vessel in the person of Kellyanne. The two of them make a lovely pair of bookends, and can be described by the analogy “Trump is to Kellyanne, as Moe is to Curley”. The former in each instance is more boisterous and domineering, while the latter is more goofy and in a daze.
    Neither of them is functioning with healthy minds, and Kellyanne embodies the disrespect shown to women by cavorting about on Donald’s behalf like a pimp preparing the way for one of his workers to set up a john.

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  4. bojimbo26 January 13, 2017

    So , when he needs a crap he puts his face over the bowl .

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  5. docb January 13, 2017

    Amen to that…He and she are despicable and repugnant.

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  6. charleo1 January 13, 2017

    But doesn’t Trump after all, personify what the Right Wing has for years yearned to see in a leader? This permission to be politically incorrect, irresponsible children again? Thus, to unburden the conscience of its empathy for the poor, support for the aged and handicapped. Or respect for the Rights of those among us who they perceive as being different, and less than themselves? To ask, why is that my fight? To freely chastise, shun, mock, and considerate it altogether acceptable to refuse to give credence to the phrase, “There but for the grace of God, go I.” There is a jolt to the ego, and a calming sense of control in rejecting that. In saying that actually no, I built this all by myself. I made my own good luck. Kept my own council, took care of my own. And so owe no-one for any of it. Not my home, my beautiful children, my healthy mind, and body. Not society, not even Providence may be credited for my good fortune. There is another parable in the Bible that comes to mind about selfish pride always preceding the great fall.

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    1. dbtheonly January 13, 2017

      Very well done. Enjoy the +1.

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  7. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 13, 2017

    OK, this gets us into the deeper issue and essence of what ails our Christian brothers and sisters, those of Jewish and Muslim backgrounds, Hindus, etc—namely a profound disconnect with Religion, not the distortion of Religion as perpetuated over time by the Clergy, but a separation from the “Essence” of Religion.
    This is the focus, our behavior in relationship to what we claim to believe, and how that’s reflected in our general attitudes, that needs to be examined.
    So far, Trump stands alone and naked before the world when we consider the general Message of Jesus and line that up against the character which Donald and many in the GOP display. The difference is stark and an immense chasm of inconsistency opens up before our eyes. We are forced to admit that Donald and Kellyanne represent the antithesis of the Message of Jesus—there is no in-between here, for you can go with the “Light” of the Message of Jesus[or of Muhammad as well], or you can choose to enter “Darkness” as embodied in Trump, ISIL, Putin, etc.

    This is one of the best weapons to employ against Trump, the GOP, and the servile acolytes who Trump attracts to himself—namely, the severance of their hearts and minds from the ideals and Essence of their Religious allegiance. Hypocrisy and the willingness to behave counter to what Religion teaches negates one’s avowed adherence to whatever Religion they profess. Simply attacking the GOP, Trump, and others solely on political grounds is far less effective, albeit there may be some lesser benefits with short-term effects from such an attack.

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  9. latebloomingrandma January 16, 2017

    Did anyone hear yesterday on one of the talk shows Rick “Sanitorium” stating that Barack Obama has been the most vindictive person ever in the Presidency? I had to turn off the TV before I either threw up or broke the screen. I then asked why would anyone have this kooky has-been on their show.

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