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What Ever Happened to Nutty Trump Spokesperson Katrina Pierson?

Cenk Uygur explains why the president gave one of his most impassioned surrogates the boot.

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Long before Kellyanne Conway invented the Bowling Green Massacre, former Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson was spouting alternative facts like no other.

"Among other things, [Pierson] blamed former President Barack Obama for the 2004 death of Muslim American soldier Humayun Khan, despite the fact that Obama was just a state senator at the time; she flat-out denied that then-candidate Trump had really proposed a ban on all Muslims entering the United States, despite [his] proposing exactly that; and she claimed that presidential candidates releasing their tax returns was a 'novelty tradition,' despite the fact that it’s been done by every presidential nominee since the 1970s," Raw Story reported

"We can go on and on," "Young Turks" host Cenk Uygur opened after giving a rundown of Pierson's most outrageous claims. 

During the presidential campaign, Pierson was everywhere. And no matter the scandal, the Tea Party darling eagerly leapt to Trump's defense.

"It was all in service to Donald Trump and the dear leader did in fact have to be served," Uygur quipped. "If the truth got mangled along the way, and she was a little combative, well, that's all part of the business, right?" 

As Donald Trump would say, "Wrong!" The relatively inexperienced Pierson got no post in the administration at all, and she wasn't alone. Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani and Scottie Nell Hughes all had their loyalty to the president betrayed.

"Sorry," Uygur said dryly. "The dear leader takes, takes, takes and unless you give him cash, there's not much coming back in your direction. But if you give him cash, then you have a spot in that cabinet in the government."

As it turns out, Pierson was vying for press secretary, a post now occupied by former White House Easter Bunny and gum-chewing extraordinaire Sean Spicer. 

"Now, get a load of the reason why they did not have her in the government," Uygur said. "Turns out they thought she was too combative and unstable; the people who told her to do exactly that on television over and over again." 

A Trump campaign source told Washingtonian, "I love Katrina, but she was bitching to everyone that they should have chosen her and not Sean. It got back to Jared [Kushner] and Reince [Priebus]. And they ultimately decided they just didn’t want to deal with that sort of drama." 

The irony was not lost on Uygur.

"Now, when that sort of drama helps Donald Trump, he loves it," Uygur pointed out. "That is good ratings... create some fodder, get some votes, yell at other people. But when it comes to us, no, no, no, we don't need that kind of drama, 'Katrina, you have been of good service, now move along.'"


Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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