It was the block heard around Twitter that rocked the Beltway for all of 20 minutes on a slow news day. Thirteen-year-old Ted Cruz supporter and silver-tongued conservative rookie of the year frontrunner C.J. Pearson delighted his Twitter followers and lib-hating trolls everywhere last week when he shared an image that refueled his one-sided rivalry with President Obama. With a simple message of “Well, that sucks,” the teen revealed to the world that he had been blocked on Twitter by the official account of the President of the United States. Even Vladimir Putin would kill for that kind of action. The only problem, of course, was that he basically lifted someone else’s Photoshop (stolen from our beloved friend’s joke) and the internet called bullsh*t almost as fast as people could RT it.
However, Pearson strongly maintains that he isn’t a liar, liar, pants on fire, even after The Blaze investigated his tweet and determined that he is, to use a political term, full of doodie, because his excuse smelled like a diaper. What’s interesting is that Glenn Beck’s conservative website decided to go after Pearson and his history of allegedly making stuff up for attention, while Breitbart has basically placed Pearson on a pedestal and anointed him the GOP’s only hope. Regardless of media exploitation, Pearson has taught pint-sized pundits a very important, Costanza-esque lesson: It’s not a lie… if you believe it. More to the point, it’s not a lie if you believe it, and then triple down on it with a Facebook post that ultimately throws someone else under the bus. This kid is already passing the buck at a congressional level.
For more on the future of the decline of American politics, anchors Tom Storey and Briana Lane weigh in on today’s episode of The Desk.