Earlier today. House Democrats received a rather unusual email from the White House: the talking points meant to aid the president’s allies in downplaying the fairly damning transcript between Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. That email from Tori Symonds, special assistant to the president and director of government communications, went out at 11:21 a.m.
The messaging, which was presumably meant solely for the eyes of House Republicans, immediately found its way to Twitter, where it spent a good 40 minutes bouncing around before the White House finally caught on. At 12:01 p.m., they put out a “recall”:
The ineptitude and humiliation of accidentally sending your internal messaging document to your opponents aside, it’s probably fortunate for the White House that the public has access to the original set of talking points, since Republicans already appear to be screwing them up.
McCarthy was presumably thinking of the point on the sheet that reads “Fact: The President mentioned Rudy Giuliani only after Zelenskyy mentioned him first and referred to Biden in only one exchange.” We suggest the minority leader consider looking into flash cards.
All in all, a smooth, perfect start to impeachment inaugural week. Slate reserves the right to recall this message at any time.