Fox News host Neil Cavuto became the third prominent Republican in a week to succumb to “mad truth disease,” saying, “Let me be real clear, Mr. President. How can you drain the swamp if you’re the one who keeps muddying the waters?”
Speaking on his show “Your World,” Cavuto showed symptoms of MTD from the start of his 4-minute monologue, spending much of the time pointing out President Trump’s continuous stream of lies. But Cavuto still showed some signs of being attached to Republican reality by refusing to call them lies. Still, he argued that much of Trump’s cries of “fake news” were simply the result of the news media using his own statements.
That’s when MTD symptoms began to take over. By the end, Cavuto had a full-blown case of this disease that cripples Republicans, saying to Trump, “Your base probably might not care, but you should. I guess you’re too busy draining the swamp to ever stop and smell the stink you’re creating. That’s your doing. That’s your stink. Mr. President, that’s your swamp.”
You can watch the disease unfold for yourself:
Mad truth disease, often referred to as “fake news” by healthy Republicans, can sometimes be fatal to a career. In some cases, the victim is forever identified by other party members as a RINO (Republican In Name Only). For elected officials it can be extremely dangerous. The only known cure is to take a powerful course of alt-right medicine. Only after the victim is referred to in the mainstream media as misogynistic, racist, homophobic, nationalistic, or receives the blessing of evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress, can party members safely approach the victim without fear of contamination.
Two other victims in the span of a week had the party reeling with fear of a truth-telling pandemic. Tom Price, Trump’s former secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, told a conference of health care leaders Tuesday that the Republican’s tax law, which repealed the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, “actually will harm the pool in the exchange market, because you’ll likely have individuals who are younger and healthier not participating in that market, and consequently that drives up the cost for other folks within that market.”
Price’s comment is of course consistent with what the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has been saying for a long time. The CBO predicts 13 million Americans will lose health insurance by 2027 because of the end of the individual mandate, and that average premiums will increase by about 10 percent a year in most of the next 10 years. “Those effects would occur mainly because healthier people would be less likely to obtain insurance and because, especially in the nongroup market, the resulting increases in premiums would cause more people to not purchase insurance,” the CBO said.
The outbreak of MTD has been traced to Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who fell victim to the disease while giving an interview to the Economist. Rubio said that the Republican tax law really does, in fact, enrich corporations while doing little for workers. Before collapsing from a spasm of truth, Rubio said, “There is still a lot of thinking on the right that if big corporations are happy, they’re going to take the money they’re saving and reinvest it in American workers. In fact they bought back shares, a few gave out bonuses; there’s no evidence whatsoever that the money’s been massively poured back into the American worker.”
First Rubio, then Price, and finally Cavuto. Healthy Republicans have been responding to this growing threat with much wailing and gnashing of teeth, and there have been reports of a spike in emergency room and barroom visits. Rubio and Price apparently already have begun treatment, which in the early stages consists of what is known as “walking back” their comments. Full recovery, if possible, remains a long way off.