Inter se pugnantia

Inter se pugnantia (in’-ter-say-pug-nan’-ti-a): Using direct address to reprove someone before an audience, pointing out the contradictions in that person’s character, often between what a person does and says.

You come to this hearing and tell us, “It’s all lies, it never happened, it’s a witch hunt–a vendetta.” But you lie, you hunt witches and you make it happen right before your eyes. All of you refuse to give sworn testimony. Why? Because you don’t want to go to jail for perjury–you say you want justice, but you evade justice. You say you want to “get to the bottom of things” when in fact you are the bottom of things. You so-called witnesses say you are champions of justice while you smother justice with lies and swarm all over your master like flies on shit.

Why are you willing to compromise your integrity, your morality, and your oath of office for a man whose sole interest is himself? I feel sorry for you, but that’s not going to save our country. If the ballot boxes are intact and well-monitored in November, we still have a chance. Otherwise, I’ll be applying for Canadian citizenship.

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

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