What about the fallback argument: “I meant ‘the buck stops with @POTUS’ culture.” “It was on his [George W. Bush’s] watch.”
“Pretty soon you won’t have any followers if you agree with Ben Carson on immigration.”
“We’re all slaves.”
Re: What others don’t know…(yet). For example, when I read in Defense News Northrup Grumman got the green light circa 2000.