Mark Twain has in fact, been dead these many years now.
And I believe the apropos response is to paraphrase Shakespeare:
The gentleman doth protest too much, methinks.
(Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 2)
If the campaign actually HAD been active over the past several weeks, then there would be NO NEED for such "statements" as the EVIDENCE would bear out the truth of the matter.
And for good measure let us bring in some Biblical passages as well:
Let your 'Yes' mean 'Yes,' and your 'No' mean 'No.' Anything more is from the evil one. -- Matthew 5:24
And by their fruits you will know:
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? -- Matthew 7:16
And finally, the parable of the two sons:
But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. -- Matthew 21:21:28-31a
So all "words" and "assurances" aside -- if the EVIDENCE of the coming days matches OR contrasts the evidence of the past several weeks -- then we will have our answer.
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