Tag Archives: Republican Lies

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Biden: GOP Either Lying or Stupid

“They’re either not telling the truth or they’re really stupid. Because there’s no way you can afford to cover pre-existing conditions without everybody being in on the deal.”

— Joe Biden, pushing back on claims by President Trump and fellow Republicans that the GOP can protect patients with pre-existing conditions better than Democrats, Politico reports.

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It’s Time for Us to Make America Great Again

If you’ve ever wondered what living in pre-war Germany was like, and how people could turn a blind eye on injustices they must have known their government was committing, wonder no longer.

The sadness and frustration you’ll feel from reading the Detroit Free Press report of the pending deportation (and in pragmatic terms, death sentence) of a deaf and mentally disabled man for no good reason whatsoever will make you ashamed of what Trump has turned us into. Our country has lost its way.

America wasn’t perfect before Trump came along but it was…pretty great. It’s time make America great again.

Resist, resist, resist. And vote for every Democrat on the ballot this November.

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1-800-Call-Donnie? Trump’s Legal Referrals Pretty Funny

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Nightmare Scenario is Too Simple, Too Close

Norm Ornstein’s nightmare will be yours after you read this.

The magnificent Diane Rehm recently had the very smart Mr. Ornstein as a guest on her podcast. His book with his writing partner, Thomas Mann, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks, was criticized for its lack of false equivalencies in mostly blaming Republicans for obstructionism under Obama, but to many others this only lent him greater credibility.

That’s why I can’t get his nightmare scenario for how Trump could end our democracy out of my head. Here’s what Ornstein said on Rehm’s podcast. You must understand it too. read more »

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If You Know Your Own Family’s Immigration Story, You Should Watch This

If you find yourself growing immune to the trauma we are inflicting on our southern border, watch this video for a little reminder of how shameful our current president’s policies are.

“It’s like we’re an outbreak, and they are the treatment…”

Enumerati

Parents of Korean War Veterans Have Notably Longer Life Spans

101 to 110

Average age of the parents of Korean War veterans, who Trump claimed repeatedly came up to him on the 2016 campaign trail, begging him to bring home their sons’ remains. According to Esquire’s Jack Holmes, “…this is a quintessential Trumpian lie: totally shameless, easily verifiable as false, and rooted in the notion that “many people”—who are never defined further, and who you’ll never be able to find—are telling the president something that he just happens to agree with himself. How many times in this troubled period in our nation’s history have we heard how ‘many people are saying’ something about Donald Trump?”

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Trump’s Decision to Leave the Iran Deal is Making Gas Prices Rise

The $.40 per gallon jump in gas prices over the past three months can be credited to one person, according to U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ).

“Thanks Trump!” Pallone says.

Senior energy analyst: “A lot of the reason for higher prices is the president’s policy on Iran…You’re going to see prices spike.”

The ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce committee traces a line that leads not straight, but up — as in the price of gas — to Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of a plan to help monitor Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

The so-called “Iran deal” also eased previous sanctions in order to encourage Iran to be a world partner.

Pallone is not the only one to make the connection.
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New Figures Now Reveal More Than 5,000 Were Killed When Maria Hit Puerto Rico

As we debate whether the numbers of people who were killed when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in September, 2017 were deliberately under-reported or just badly counted, there’s one thing Trump knew. It was nothing compared to a “real catastrophe like Katrina.”

Even as Trump made that insulting comment the following month, average Puerto Ricans were certain that many more than the 16 people he touted had been lost.

A new study from the New England Journal of Medicine estimates the actual death toll to be closer to 5,000. Even worse, “one third of the deaths were attributed to delayed or interrupted health care.”

Hurricane Katrina, which hit South Florida and Louisiana in August, 2005, resulted in 1,833 fatalities.

Trump made no secret he considered money spent in Puerto Rico to be both unnecessary (since he believed it to be full of non-citizens) and an annoyance. Could his attitude have led to a tightening of the purse strings that contributed to the death toll?

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Not a Single Member of Trump’s Evangelical Council Has Resigned

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(Updates at end of post)

So many members of Trump’s manufacturing advisory council resigned over his support of armed extremists in Charlottesville, Va. that he had to disband the group to avoid further embarrassment. One by one, until Trump cried uncle at eight, leaders of industry released statements of resignation, adding their disagreement with the president’s views on race, anti-semitism, protest, and the circumstances of the loss of life at the white supremacy rally.

But not Trump’s evangelical council. Not a single member has resigned, from former Rep. Michele Bachmann to the Rev. Jerry Falwell to James Dobson.

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Don Trump Jr. Didn’t Have Secret Service Protection at Time of the Meeting

MeetingThe latest attempt to blame Obama for Trump’s Russia problem is for Team Trump to claim the Secret Service approved the June 9, 2016 meeting with Don Trump, Jr. Present at that event were Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, son-in-law Jared Kushner, and representatives of the Russian government who offered incriminating information about Hillary Clinton to help Trump win the election.

Aside from the very valid observation that it’s not the job of the Secret Service to green-light who the campaign can meet with, is this pesky detail:

The Secret Secret wasn’t guarding Don Trump, Jr. at the time of the meeting.
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