The Google definition of a white lie:
“a harmless or trivial lie, especially one told to avoid hurting someone’s feelings.”
In honor of the recent verbal gymnastics performed by Jeff Sessions while under oath and in a televised press conference, I would like to propose an alternate definition of ‘White Lie’ (caps for emphasis):
“a harmful, non-trivial word construction expertly formed and delivered such as to avoid hurting one’s own political aspirations.” (See transcripts – Jeff Sessions Attorney General confirmation hearing, and Jeff Sessions’ press conference March 2, 2017.*)
Given his racist past, his lying present, and his just-crawled-out-from-under-a-rock-white visage, Jeff Sessions is the poster boy for “White Lies”. And the fallout for his privilege of lying under oath while White? A month from now he will STILL be the US Attorney General.
Let us hope not.
*The Washington Post beautifully parses:annotates Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing answers and the words he used to defend himself in the press conference March 2, 2017: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/03/02/transcript-of-jeff-sessionss-recusal-press-conference-annotated/?utm_term=.c3333388eaeb