It used to be politicians from one party would accuse politicians from another party of lying. Trump helped widen our understanding of whose lying by calling his fellow Republican “Lying Ted.”
Now Julia Meuller writes in The Hill on 01/11/24: “Haley plugs her DeSantis ‘lies’ website 16 times during debate”
The effort by Haley was intended to call attention to mistruths by the Florida governor, but it was a tactic that also garnered criticism from pundits and online as the mentions of desantislies.com kept coming.
“What we’re going to do is rather than have him go and tell you all these lies, you can go to desantislies.com and look at all of those,” Haley said early on in the two candidates’ head-to-head showdown. “There is at least two dozen lies that he has told about me, and you can see where a fact-checker says exactly what’s going to happen and exactly why it’s wrong.”
At 15 other points in the two-hour program, Haley name-dropped “desantislies.com,” according to rush transcripts provided by the network.
She interjected DeSantis’s answer to one immigration-related question by quipping, “That is not true: desantislies.com.”
“It’s a shame that we had to put up desantislies.com. Honestly, if he would spend as much time trying to prove why he thinks he would be a good president, he would be doing a lot better in the polls,” she said at another point.
DeSantis after the event knocked Haley’s accusations of lying.
“I think her response, just constantly say ‘you’re lying,’ does not pass that smell test,” he told CNN in a post-debate interview.”