Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana tried to defend President Donald Trump’s painful ignorance on public policy by claiming that past presidents have delegated tasks and didn’t understand details
During an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Cassidy suggested that Barack Obama did not understand Obamacare, said Dwight Eisenhower delegated policy details to his staff and claimed (without proof) that Franklin Delano Roosevelt did not understand paper money:
FDR, as best as I can tell, had no kind of involvement at all in our conversion to the paper currency. You know, we’re going away from the gold standard and we’re now gonna do the do the “full faith and credit” of the Federal Reserve behind a paper bill. As best I can tell, it was brought to him fait accompli and he signed off.
That’s a pretty significant change in our economic history, which as best as I understand was not anything he was intimately involved with. It was some fellow playing the guitar at home and the thought occurred to him. And I don’t mean to minimize it. That’s just the way the guy unwound. I think different presidents have different ways of governing. We just have to respect that.
“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski asked Cassidy about Trump’s pattern of telling lies, which Cassidy claimed was hyperbole:
The most beautiful in the world.’ Well, what’s the most beautiful in the world? That’s in the eye of the beholder. So the president has a manner of speaking which is easily taken as a lie, and the president would refute that. I frankly don’t focus on that, Mika.
(Source: MSNBC via YouTube)