Every trial in the United States starts with the defendant proclaiming for all to hear, two simple words: "Not guilty."
We currently house over two million inmates in American prisons and you can bet your bippy that just about all of them will tell you that they are innocent.
They will deny the crimes for which they were convicted in the "strongest terms."
We hear a lot of stuff being denied in the "strongest terms" lately, most of it from a man who lies more than Pinocchio.
Vladimir Putin denied meddling in our elections in the "strongest terms."
Brett Kavanaugh denied attempting to rape Christine Blasey Ford in the "strongest terms."
Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman denied in "the strongest terms" having had an outspoken journalist lured to a Saudi embassy, tortured and murdered.
Trump, himself denied in the "strongest terms" accusations of assault from almost two dozen women. Add all that into the mix with his daily chant of "No collusion" and you've got a souffle of denials.
The problem with souffle is that if you're not careful, your souffle will collapse.
In the era of Trump, adamant denials are equated with innocence. During Brett Kavanaugh's swearing in ceremony, Trump said that the hearings with Christine Blasey Ford had proven Kavanaugh innocent.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Personally, I found Ms. Ford's testimony both compelling and credible. On the flip side, Kavanaugh looked every deviant on Law & Order: SVU.
Watching Kavanaugh testify throughout his hearings he struck me as a practiced liar with a sense of entitlement that liberates him from the rules governing the rest of us.
You can read my thoughts on the man in Brett Kavanaugh should only be allowed in court as a defendant.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman had a journalist killed because he could.
In Saudi Arabia, people live and die at the whims of the royal family. There is no such thing as due process, which is intensely ironic. The prince complained that he was being judged guilty without "due process."
So insulated is bin Salman from any type of law that he didn't expect backlash from his plot to torture, murder and dismember a U.S. resident who worked for the Washington Post. In Turkey, no less.
It was head spinning to see how quickly Donnie Dark jumped to the prince's defense, repeating the Saudi's implausible denials, even as his excuses devolved into fantasy.
It was sickening to see Mike Pompeo laugh it up with the Saudis as if they were talking about camel polo, and then come home and tell America that he was waiting for the prince to come up with a sound alibi.
When Al Franken stepped down after a clearly concocted charge of sexual harassment, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked if the President should step down as well.
Sarah said "Absolutely not." After all, the President strongly denied almost two dozen accusations, but all Franken did was apologize in case he hurt anyone.
It's enough to make you doubt the veracity of all the collusion denials.
On the upside, think about how much money we could save as a nation if we released all the inmates who deny their crimes strongly.
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