If you were able to subject yourself to viewing any portion of the Republican National Convention, you surely must have noticed that the image of Donald Trump’s administration portrayed by the loud array of speakers, often Trump’s own family members, was to anyone even casually observant of U.S. politics the past four years, largely at odds with the reality we experienced.
While talking about Trump’s decision to bypass congressional authority to fund his proposed border wall by declaring a national emergency, Scarborough said it was appalling that millions of Americans can look at the president and approve of the job he’s doing:
“The most frightening part of all this… it’s the people who still — two and a half years after the racism, after the lies, after the breaching of constitutional norms, after the embrace of Putin, after the embrace of strongmen around the world, after the mocking of democratic values all over the world, after the contempt he has shown for democratically elected traditional American allies — the fact that there are so many who still support him.”
He then expressed wonderment that any human being could continue to support a person who tells blatant and easily disprovable lies every day.
“Four out of ten Americans are still okay with the lies every day, the racism every day,” Scarborough said.
Racism Has Become the Norm for Republicans
Last fall we reported that Republican candidates were using racism to try to win the midterm elections, saying:
“The GOP has met with great success when they use racism, bigotry and fear to motivate voters. Because of this they have been able to sell average Americans on their programs which actually hurt average Americans economically.”
Obviously it didn’t work well for Republicans in the midterms, but that doesn’t mean they have changed their playbook.
Trump’s inherent racism to take over their messaging.
Donald Trump arranged for an interview with the New York Times, apparently so he could use the prominent newspaper as a forum for disseminating more lies. Specifically, he tried to convince the interviewers that the Moscow Trump Tower project was not a business deal, and that when foreign countries use his hotels he loses money. He also issued several denials concerning legal matters which were obviously untrue.
The incoming head of the House Armed Services Committee has vowed to expose all of Donald Trump’s lies. Even before he takes over this important committee, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), has given the president a taste of what difficulties he will face with a new Democratic majority starting January 3rd.
According to Smith,
“Constant misinformation from the president is a real problem in a democratic society, and we in Congress have got to do our best to hold him accountable.”
The op-ed, which states “Democrats ‘Medicare for All’ plan will demolish promises to seniors,” contains previously debunked claims, the Post wrote.
“Presumably the president is aware of our fact checks—he even links to one—but chose to ignore the facts in service of a campaign-style op-ed,” the article said.
The Post dissected the president’s piece line-by-line and found almost every statement to be a lie.
And now USA Today is coming under fire for publishing such blatant untruths at such a crucial time in an election year.
Jim Acosta from CNN wrote:
“This column may break the record for the number of falsehoods from a President ever published in a newspaper op-Ed. Just this tweet alone is false – “outlaw private health care plans” and “letting anyone cross our border” Huh? Fact check: false and false. Come on USA Today.”
This column may break the record for the number of falsehoods from a President ever published in a newspaper op-Ed. Just this tweet alone is false – “outlaw private health care plans” and “letting anyone cross our border” Huh? Fact check: false and false. Come on USA Today. https://t.co/1SPKMztmJL
Jennifer Rubin is a widely respected conservative columnist for the Washington Post, and for years has been the lead writer for the newspapers “Right Turn” blog. So it is no small thing when she begins to level some very harsh criticisms at the White House Press Secretary.
Apparently fed up (finally) with the lies emanating from the mouth of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Rubin unleashed an epic tweetstorm this morning recommending that members of the press begin to boycott the White House press briefings.
Truthfully, we have never seen anything like this. Jennifer Rubin is very influential at the Post, and also at MSNBC where she is a nightly contributor. She is one of Donald Trump’s most vocal and intense conservative critics. For her — with the backing of the Washington Post — to say these controversial things this morning is no small thing.
It appears that the media wars have taken a new turn as more and more people are completely out of patience with a lying president and his willful accomplices.
Here are all six of Rubin’s amazing tweets, in order they appeared:
In deliberately misleading or passing on misleading information, Sanders is not serving the American people. She is thwarting democratic government and enabling Trump’s attempts to free himself of investigations.
In deliberately misleading or passing on misleading information, Sanders is not serving the American people. She is thwarting democratic government and enabling Trump’s attempts to free himself of investigations. https://t.co/riWnpYun3R
In the age of Trump shocking news no longer shocks people. And today’s NBC News/Survey Monkey poll is a case in point.
We should all be shocked by this poll which shows that only 37% of respondents believe that our president tells the truth “all or most of the time.” How can the United States government effectively operate when it is lead by a huckster con artist reality TV show star?
The answer is: it can’t. But yet enough people support him to keep in power anyway, at least temporarily.
Unsurprisingly, many more Republicans think he is honest than other people do. In our polarized world of politics this is par for the course.
Seventy-six percent of Republicans said that he tells the truth either all or most of the time, while just 22 percent believe that he is mostly dishonest. Even most Republicans who think President Donald Trump does not tell the truth still give him positive job approval ratings, which is disturbing. This means that they have no expectations that the President of the United States will tell us the truth, and they don’t care.
With Mr. Trump being considered by many political pundits and media outlets as the most prolific liar as President in modern day politics, it is stunning to observe his supporters continuing to stand by his side.
Case in point: The New York Times dedicated an entire cover to Mr. Trump’s lies, leading the Times reader and Trump supporter to write to the Editor of that outlet, issuing the following rationalization:
“Yes, but if you made a similar list for previous presidents, it would be just as bad.”
In Donald Trump "you have a candidate who is frequently saying 20 false things in a day, up to 37 on some days."
Donald Trump has been called, and Paul Krugman says, "I suspect Donald Trump is feeling a bit sandbagged right now."