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Trump Hits 3,000 Lies (plus Tweets)

Apologies to start with. Firstly, some of these tweets are getting a bit dated. I began this post yesterday by finding most of the tweets, then I ran out of time to write the homily. I should always do it the other way around. However, it was a few days since I’d checked my Twitter notifications, and there were a few good ones there, and I just kept going. Also, because I didn’t get this done yesterday, it’s 5th May in New Zealand, so I’m a bit late with the “May the Fourth be With You” stuff. And thirdly, I just can’t help myself – I’m going to go on about Donald Trump again.

As always since Trump became president, there’s just too much to write about. Almost everything he says is newsworthy not because there is anything special about it, but because it’s so often either wrong or an outright lie. During the presidential election campaign, he was able to paint Hillary Clinton as dishonest and make the moniker “Crooked Hillary” stick. However, consulting fact checkers gave a very different result. Clinton was, in fact, the most honest of all the presidential candidates. Her public statements had a greater level of accuracy and truthfulness than all the Republican candidates as well as Bernie Sanders.

Trump, as I’ve pointed out so many times you’re probably bored with the me, was not only the biggest liar in the 2016 campaign, he was the biggest liar the fact checkers had ever tracked in modern politics. It’s no surprise to anyone with any sense that his lying has continued into his presidency.

Last week, the number of “false or misleading claims” made by Trump, as counted by the Washington Post fact checkers, hit the 3,000 mark. It took him just 466 days. That’s more than six per day, including the days spent playing 105 games of golf.

Most of the current lies are around his alleged sexual relationship with adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels. So far I’ve managed to avoid talking about this. It’s not a very salubrious topic, and besides there’s plenty more to cum come on the subject yet. This could be the one that brings him down, and it would be both ironic and oddly satisfying if it did. He treats women in general badly, but some he looks down on even more than others.

Clifford is one of those he thinks less of, and treats less well, because of his opinion of her life choices. It’s that sort of person I’d like to be the one who’s fight back sees him getting his comeuppance. One of the reasons I feel that way is I’ve no doubt I’d be one of those woman he thought even less of than most. I won’t go into why, but it makes me feel an affinity with women like Clifford/Daniels. (No, I’m not, and never have been, an adult film actress, escort, club hostess, sex worker, or even a barmaid.)

Even Trump’s friends at Fox News are turning against him, like rats deserting a sinking ship. Check out this narrative by Neil Cavuto:
(Tweets via Ann German.)

 

Neil Cavuto isn’t the first of course, and I doubt he will be the last.

Trump has brought all this upon himself. While he makes complaints like this:

 

The truth is this:

 

The problem is so many are enabling his behaviour. To a certain extent, we can expect it from many of the politicians. On both sides, a lot of them are there not to make their country better, but either for the power or the opportunity to enrich themselves (or both).

The Evangelical Christians on the other hand tell us they’re above such earthly considerations. Their motives are pure. And still they continue to support Trump. Reversing the SCOTUS decisions on abortion and same-sex marriage, and being allowed to own AR-15s, are apparently more important to them than anything else. So important, that they spend a lot of time convincing each other that Trump was put in place by God and those opposing him do so at the behest of Satan.

Three recent examples:

3 May 2018: ‘Jesse Lee Peterson: ‘Satan Is Your Father’ If You Don’t Support Trump

4 May 2018: ‘Jim Bakker: ‘I Would Believe A Million’ People Are Trying To Kill Trump

3 May 2018: ‘Lance Wallnau Blows Back The ‘Demonic’ Cloud Of ‘Witchcraft And Curses’ That Is Attacking Trump

There are more and more conservative Christians starting to speak out against Trump. I don’t know how long it takes for people to get over a delusion. The Trump Train is fairly recent, and they can drop him without losing their primary delusion. All it takes is for a few of their major prophets to have a dream than Trump has gone over to the Dark Side, and the sheep will follow. Let’s hope it happens sooner rather than later.

I decided to re-post this cartoon from last year, just so I could post it here. (I’m in that sort of mood.)

 

Trigger Warning: The second and third entries in the ‘Healthcare Tweets’ section. The Facebook entry (second entry) is graphic and the third entry (a tweet) is confronting.

 

Political Tweets

Paul Ryan is an a$$ho£€. He’s got the tax package he’s always wanted that will destroy poor people and massively increase debt, so he’s leaving. Father Pat Conroy, the House Chaplain had the guts (Ryan would say “temerity”) to call him out on it, so Ryan tried to force him to resign. Conroy is standing up to him. As Ann German said when she sent me this tweet, “Good on him.”

 

Ha ha! 😃
(Via Ann German.)

 

It would not surprise me if this were true. I’ve no doubt that Russia was involved in ensuring Brexit – there are few things they’d like better than to see the EU collapse. They’d love to see the British government in as much strife as possible too.
(Via Ann German.)

 

Remember this! (By which I mean don’t forget it. Remember the name Emerdata.)
(Via Ann German.)

 

White House Correspondents’ Dinner Tweets

A quote from Michelle Wolf’s routine at the Correspondents’ Dinner. I loved this bit too. The truth is, Trump wouldn’t be president without the media and the way they treated him, and mistreated Hillary.
(Via Ann German.)

 

Truth. I’ve been saying for a while that they should be using the word, “Lie,” when referring to comments from Trump and his sheep.
(Via Ann German.)

 

Mueller Time Tweets

No comment necessary.
(Whole thread via Ann German.)

 

 

 

 

 

Check out this tweet (we’re still in the thread): Pence is in the list of liars. Maybe he won’t take over as VP after all!

 

 

Pre-Mueller Time Tweets

Just sayin’. 🔥 🤣
(Via Ann German.)

 

Living the Deluded Life Tweets

Trump surrounds himself with people that he’s either completely sucked in, or who are unable or unwilling to be honest with him. It seems he simply doesn’t believe any negative information. This tendency has been clear in the way he loves foreign leaders who flatter him, but dislikes allies who disagree with him.
(Tweets via Ann German.)

 

 

 

 

And in case you’re in any doubt:

 

Human Rights Tweets

I think I’ve posted this or something similar in the past, but 3 May was World Press Freedom day. (That’s when this post was originally going to go up!)

 

At least with Sean Spicer, you could see he felt guilty about being forced to tell lies from the White House podium. Sarah Huckabee Sanders appears to have no guilt whatsoever about lying on behalf of the president to the people of her country.

 

Taking the high road. #WhatGoodPeopleDo
(Via Ann German.)

 

Gun Safety Tweets

When is the US government going to do something about gun safety?
(Via Ann German.)

 

Religion Tweets

Afaik, we don’t have a National Day of Prayer in New Zealand. But the USians do, and despite their First Amendment, it appears to be something their government commemorates.
(Via a German.)

 

How’s this for an outrageous situation …

 

Bryan Fischer is a truly revolting human being.

 

Healthcare Tweets

There’s some stuff in this video we need to remember re antibiotics.


A cousin’s mother-in-law shared this on Facebook:

Very sad.

 

I Know I’m Being a Mean Bit₵h, But Some People Are Just Stupid Tweets

Sometimes, you need to remember that statistically, half the population are of less than average intelligence.
(Via Ann German.)

 

May the Fourth be With You Tweets

A selection from those going around the Twitterverse. Except the first one. I just posted that so I could put it here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Tweets

Very cool.

 

History Tweets

I wonder why it didn’t catch on?

 

Cool.

Science Tweets

Another episode from Andy Matter.

 

Funny Tweets

Ha ha! 😜🤣😂
(Via Ann German.)

This tweet:

 

Got this response, and counter-response.

 

 

Marine Tweets

One of my favourites is back! Otters are cool.

 

Creepy-Crawlies Tweets

I admit it – if I see a paper wasp nest, I generally kill the inhabitants. However, this is cool.

 

Other Animals Tweets

Ratty’s back! So cute!

 

Cute wee bat.

 

Bird Tweets

We love our birds in New Zealand.

 

What a lucky guy!!!
(Via Ann German.)

 

 

Dog Tweets

Dogs just wanna have fun.

 

What a cutie!!!!!

 

This dog is smart and has lots of character.

 

 

Cat Tweets

What big eyes you have!

 

Cat art!
(Via Ann German.)

 

I want it!!! Trés adorable!!!

 

More adorableness!


 

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38 Responses to “Trump Hits 3,000 Lies (plus Tweets)”

  1. I seriously love the one about him being sued *after* he pays them off! His NRA address yesterday saw him referring to London as a “war zone.” Seriously, since when is this gobsite an expert on London? He probably doesn’t like us because our Mayor is Muslim.

    • Yeah, I love that meme too! I imagine it’s one that will see a lot of use.

      I heard Trump going on about all the knife attacks in London as a reason not to tighten gun laws. He and others make me so angry when they use such stupid reasoning. FFS! When someone goes on a killing frenzy with a knife, there are a lot less victims, and they’re more likely to survive! There’s a reason the British murder rate is only a fraction of that of the US!

      I’ve no doubt Trump is suspicious of your Muslim mayor. I vaguely recall him making some ignorant comments about what would happen because of it when he was elected. But this is a man who called Kim Jong-un “honourable” (should I spell it the US way when I’m quoting a USian?). I do not think he knows what that word means. :-/

  2. Yakaru says:

    I have a rather more pessimistic take on the situation in the US. I don’t think anyone at Fox is turning on Trump, nor that that his ship is sinking. I’d love to be proven wrong of course, but even if he can’t stop himself being dragged into the mangle of legal justice, Republicans have clearly decided to back him in using political maneuvering to extricate himself — which will undoubtedly succeed. The absolute worst case scenario for Trump is being impeached. But in the unlikely event of that happening, it will definitely fail, and confirm both his ‘victim-hood’ and his invincibility.

    • The Wall Street Journal has been coming out with a few hard news investigative stories too. There was another just yesterday – they’d discovered a whole lot of stuff about Cohen’s finances which was quite damning.

      And there’s at least a 50-50 chance the Senate will be Democratic after the November elections imo. That makes impeachment a lot more likely if the circumstances arise to make it possible.

    • nicky says:

      Yes, Yakaru, I share your fears. I’m afraid the ‘Blue Tsunami’ in November might just be a ‘Blue Ripple’.
      I find it incomprehensible that so many Republicans profoundly detest Mr Trump, but still support him.

  3. Randall Schenck says:

    The really difficult thing to determine at the moment is just how much stuff does the Mueller team have because we just don’t know. We have to live off the daily news normally coming from reporters at the Times and the Post and that is it. I do not think they have even started going through the stuff captured in the Cohen raids. If they can nail down that Prague trip, that alone would be a killer. How much they got from Manafort and Gates we just don’t know.

    I did enjoy that shot Michelle Wolf gave the media. That is what the definition of truth to power is about.

    • Yeah. There are no leaks coming from Mueller. The only stuff we’re hearing is when people are interviewed by his team, or when charges (or whatever) are brought. e.g. there was no indication there was anything coming before all those Russians were indicted. He’s way ahead of us.

      We don’t even know if Mueller has the Cohen stuff. We know it’s with the NYDA (or whatever the official title is), and charges in relation to that will I presume come first from them. As we’ve discussed before, that’s good because if there are charges, which looks likely, they’ll be state ones and Trump can’t pardon himself or anyone else.

      Do you know if NY state has to charge him as soon as they have a case? Could they wait until he’s no longer president? Trump’s lawyers would presumably try to drag things out anyway, and assuming he loses in 2020, that’s not too far away in legal time. Trump appears to think he’s going to win again, which is why I put up all those tweets about him thinking he has public opinion on his side. So he thinks he’s safe until 2024, which would be too long to wait.

  4. Mark R. says:

    I’m glad Fox has finally aired something substantive re. Trump’s deceitful and lying nature. That’s the only “news” show my evangelical parents watch, so hopefully they saw it. Will it change anything? I think it could for some. My parents are also in their 70’s…a notorious intractable age…not to say all seniors are intractable, but my folks are, esp. father.

    At the same time, I wonder if Fox is reading the writing on the wall and is trying to unhitch from the Trump train before it crashes. I almost see it as a way to let the Trump cultists down easily. He did give Trump a lot of off-ramps (“I’m not saying this lying is a reason not to support him…” not surprising) but the rant truly was surprising to me. There has to be an underlying motive imo.

    • When Shepherd Smith did his rant about the Uranium One “scandal” pointing out that it was a less-than-nothing burger, there were apparently thousands calling for him to be sacked. People like Hannity are still mentioning Uranium One, and so, of course, is Trump. It’s impossible for them to accept that Hillary Clinton might not be the monster they think she is. But people like Rupert Murdoch aren’t entirely stupid. There’s been some good honest reporting in the Wall St Journal too. Moderate Republicans want the party back, and they see the rise of Trump as a way to jettison the far right, which they never liked much anyway. All they want from them is their votes. The far right are never going to vote for the Democrats, so they don’t have to worry they’re going to jump ship, and most are also likely to keep voting even in the party goes more moderate because that’s what conservatives do – they vote.

      My brother did his MBA at Yale and then went to work for Goldman Sachs. He was a Republican through and through, though he retained his socially liberal NZ ways. However, he changed to Democrats when Trump won the nomination and a lot of people he knows did the same. The party would get people like him back of they ditched Trump. And, if the Democrats keep pandering to the far left, there are a lot of people who would vote for a moderate Republican party.

      • nicky says:

        I kind of like the Uranium One ‘scandal’, it provides a good heuristic, rule of the thumb, red flag (call it what you like): as soon as a source connects Uranium One with ‘Hillary’, you know you should not take that source seriously.
        I know there are other red flags, but they are more obvious, such as ‘Killary’, “BENGHAZHIII!” (all caps), ‘but Hillary!!!’ and some others, but they are too obvious to really qualify as a heuristic.
        It is good you pointed out that Ms Clinton was -by far- the most truthful of all candidates (including the primaries, that is), according to different (?) fact checkers.
        Among the worst POTUSes, according to scholars (Dem, Rep and Independent) we find: Mr A Johnson, Mr Buchanan, Mr Pierce, Mr Harding, Mr Tyler, Mr Fillmore, MrTaylor, Mr Grant, and indeed Mr Trump, often at rock bottom. Even Republican scholars rate him in the bottom four.
        The top 5 are of course kinda predictable, Mr Lincoln, Mr Washington (what do these fundamentalist Christians make of the fact he was a high ranking Free Mason?), Mr Jefferson (possibly same question), and of course both Mrs Rooseveldt.
        Mr Reagan and Mr Truman generally score higher than Mr LB Johnson, which I find weird. If it were not for his horrible policies in Southeast Asia, he should rank in the top 5, methinks.

        • The fact checker I used for my story showing Clinton’s honesty and Trump’s dishonesty us Politifact, which is generally seen as non-Partisan, though Republicans think it’s liberal because of the results that came out in the latest election i.e. Dems more honest than Republicans.

  5. To those following the Michael Cohen saga:

    Ann German alerted me to this piece in the New York Times. It’s very long but worth the effort. It details Cohen’s business history. It looks like he’s been shady for a long time.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/05/business/michael-cohen-lawyer-trump.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimes

    Imo, if Trump was as clean as he likes to portray, he would not be getting involved with someone like Cohen. The other option is that Trump is completely incompetent and not able to judge who is a good person to get involved with. That is quite possible, but not something Trump is likely to admit to.

    • Randall Schenck says:

      Yes, Cohen has all the attributes of a 2nd class Russian mob specialists or is than Ukraine? And then there is Manafort, also very busy in Ukraine until his meal ticket had to escape to Russian around 2015. Manafort was this guy’s PR man. So again the question, what do these guys have to do with Trump – peas in a pod. In the end, they are all in the laundry business. There is probably a school in Brooklyn where they teach this stuff and then send them out into the world to steal and corrupt as many as possible. When U.S. banks will no longer make loans and the papers to get more loans are full of lies they turn to the great banker in the sky, Russia. The money is always dirty but we have laundrymatts for everyone. Doing any of these guys taxes must be lots of fun.

      • They all seem to have family members to do their taxes for them.

        You may think I’m crazy, but I think Manafort is a Russian agent working directly or indirectly for Putin. He will not flip. Just like Trump is sending out pardon hints, Putin is sending out different hints. Don’t flip or there will be a radiation poisoning in the US next.

        I used to think Cohen would flip but reading that article tells me he would be getting a whole lot of family members in trouble too. The NYAG would need to offer them immunity to get Cohen to talk, but their secrets will still be known and they can be got later. Perhaps a they’ll return Mueller’s favour and pass the info to the FBI. I’ve no doubt there are plenty of federal crimes – like tax evasion.

        And speaking of taxes, does Mueller have Trump’s? We all want to know if they show anything.

    • nicky says:

      Silverspoon, ‘bonespur’, real estate conman, huckster, shyster and fraudster Mr Trump is not unaware that his ‘fixer’ Mr Cohen is not a virgin white page, but an underworld kind of conseiglieri.
      Mr Trump maybe (well, is) stupid in a lot of things, but not in con-schemes, money laundering, hoaxes, of a bigger scale recently, and the like. That is his bread and butter, and he’s kind of smart there, maybe it will turn out Alec-smart (I hope so), but still, he’s very cunning in those fields.
      Mr Cohen may do well in the New York mob, but Federal level might be a bit above his head.

      • You look at stuff like Trump University, and the sort of person Trump is leaps out at you.

        I also keep going back to the fact that Trump was unable to open a casino is Australia because of his mob connections way back in 1987: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/investigations/trumps-bid-for-sydney-casino-killed-off-by-mob-connections/news-story/65a0e5289cc924722f988bdca4b01e9b

        • nicky says:

          That link only goes to a ‘subscription to The Australian’ site, a paywall in other words.
          However, I somehow fail to be surprised by the Ozzies giving him the cold shoulder, any thinking govt would have (of course, now that he’s POTUS -albeit an usurper- things have changed a bit).

          Many of those working closely with Mr Trump called him an ‘idiot’ (Mr Kelly, Mr McMaster, Mr Mnunchin, Mr Priebus), a ‘f…ing moron’ (Mr Tillerson), dumb as shit (Mr (Gary) Cohn) and, less directly, a f…ing idiot (Mr Murdoch).
          What they fail to see is what a great, accomplished conman he is, upgraded to a great demagogue. His two most simple (there are some others), but effective techniques are: 1 -accuse your opponent of what you are guilty of yourself, and 2 repeat repeat, repeat, create a trope.
          Crooked Hillary, Lying Ted, Small Marco, Leaking Comey*, Fake Media, no collusion, no collusion, no collusion, witch-hunt, witch-hunt, witch-hunt, etc, etc. Very effective, especially with the support of an army of Russian trolls on social media.
          I hope the Dems and -not happy with Mr Trump- Reps will turn out in numbers. US elections are, corruption enol, a turn-out game, now more than ever. The Dems should say things that mobilises their base, and avoid things that would mobilise Mr Trump’s base (The deplorables? Example of the things not to say).
          I mean, Mr Trump gutted the EPA, destroyed the State Dept, filled the Judiciary with partisan incompetents, etc, etc.
          It is time for a change, but the Dems should learn not to catch defeat in the jaws of victory.

          • nicky says:

            * forgot: Mr Trump should be grateful to Mr Comey. Mr Comey was one of the reasons he won the election, by stating a few days before the vote that the investigation into Ms Clinton’s emails was reopened, omitting to mention that Mr Trump himself was under investigation for suspect Russian connections. How did Mr Trump rewarded him? Only because he would not lay off Mr Flynn? Which he hardly could?
            I rest my case.

          • Even I began to doubt Hillary when Comey made that final announcement. I think that’s a major reason a lot of Dems didn’t vote.

          • It worked for me when I did a Google search, but the link is to a sub for me too. You might be able to find it on a Google search.

  6. nicky says:

    No comment? I think those mails by Mr Sater are exquisitely worthy of comment: they unequivocally show there was not ‘collusion’, but conspiracy. I even wonder if conspiracy with an ‘unfriendly’ foreign power to rig presidential elections does not amount to treason. Mr Cohen appears toast at any rate.

  7. Randall Schenck says:

    Meanwhile on this Sunday morning Giuliani continues to entertain on the news shows. When pushed at all on some of his statements he says – well, I don’t know for sure, right now I am just giving you rumors. He should really take this show on the road and sell tickets. I think this came from ABC news this morning.

    • He really is loving being back in the spotlight and on TV isn’t he? Once upon a time, Trump would’ve hated Giuliani taking the attention. Now it suits him.

      Giuliani better watch out if Trump decides he wants the spotlight back.

  8. Jenny Haniver says:

    I’m just delighted at Giuliani’s idiotic grandstanding. Every time he opens his mouth I cringe as he jams both feet in. I find the things he says in defense of Trump astounding. With friends like that, who needs enemies?

    And Giuliani is practically orgasmic at being back in the spotlight, even if he has to play the role of chief ass-kisser and puppet. Trump should have fired him after the first interview G did; but no, he cut Giuliani a lot of slack, because as both of them have reminded us ad nauseam, they go way back and Trump couldn’t use his usual dismissive lines when he washes his hands of someone — I never met him, just saw him in the crowd a couple of times, don’t remember what he looks like, and on and on. After all, who could forget when Trump motorboated Giuliani in drag? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBKu9OJ8Ltk (Though Trump probably has.)

    • Jenny Haniver says:

      Thinking about that video — perhaps Giuliani knows more about a Trump-Cohen hush-slush fund than he lets on. But my puerile imagination has gotten the better of me and has me fantasizing in horror at Giuliani in drag giving Trump a golden shower in a seedy motel in Little Odessa.

    • OMG! I’ve never seen that. I had to tweet it! I can’t believe it’s real but it obviously is!.

      • Jenny Haniver says:

        I know, I know. At first, I couldn’t believe that it was legit and not fake news, ‘dirty tricks’, or whatever the contemporary term is for such things. But it is genuine and I find it genuinely hilarious, even if it’s politically incorrect to laugh at drag queens, even if they* are Rudy Giuliani. Just a couple of dudes having fun. If only I were a playwright, this would be the perfect set-up for a satirical play about the secret life of these two old pals. I wish old Rudy would just go for it and go out every day in drag.

        * “they” — employing the new pronoun for the cis-gender challenged.

    • nicky says:

      How did I miss that video?
      If it really is Mr Giuliani, he rises a few steps in my esteem, from about -3 to 0.
      One has to give it to him, not just the courage to go Drag Queen, but even being quite good at it.

  9. Randall Schenck says:

    Another bit of news out this afternoon coming from Stormy attorney, Avenatti. Back in the period Jan. to Aug. 2017, Viktor Yekselberg, Russian oligarch, and chairman of Asset manager Renova Group paid Cohen $500,000. Exactly how Avenatti got this info and why he is releasing now, do not know. It sure is a good thing Trump had nothing to do with Russia, yes?

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