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Republican Lies category archive

Disinformation 0

The Name Game 0

Thom speaks with guest Greg Palast (Investigative Reporter, Filmmaker – The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Contributor – Rolling Stone, BBC, and more) about the Trump administration’s “voter fraud” witch hunt lead by Mike Pence and Kris Kobach, which is officially underway.

The Voter Fraud Fraud 0

Daniel Ruth has a few suggestions for other things Donald Trump’s “dubiously titled Commission on Election Integrity” should investigate when they have finished gutting out the vote.

All the News that Fits 0

The Voter Fraud Fraud–Is It Psychological Projection? 0

The Voter Fraud Fraud 0

Thom and his guest discuss the latest escalation of Republican efforts to gut out the vote.

All the News that Fits 0

Newspaper box selling the

Via Job’s Anger.

Press Gaggle Goggle 0

Image:  Persons passing out VR goggles to crowd.  Caption:  Latest White House press briefing innovation, the distribution of virtual reality goggles.

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Ryan’s Derp 0

How Stuff Works, Repeal and Displace Dept. 0

Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan dressed in doctor's clothes.  McConnell:  Our effort to repeal Obamacare creates uncertainty . . . .  Ryan:  Which drives insurers from the market . . . . McConnell:  . . . Thereby justifying repeal.  Together:  It's a clinical trial breakthrough!!

Flint-Hearted 0

Misdirection Play, Comeyuppance Department, Reprise 2

Dick Polman marvels at the strategies the Trumpettes are using to try to discredit James Comey.

The resident curmudgeon at my local rag opted for Number Three on Polman’s list.


Oh, man, when I picked up the paper after getting a cuppa yesterday morning, I wondered to myself, “Is she really crazed enough to go there?” and, by jingo, she is and she did.

“. . . a Fool for a Client” 0

Elie Mystal explains how Donald Trump is undercutting his own lawyers. A snippet:

    The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court – & seek much tougher version!

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2017


Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey B. Wall has pushed back hard against the charge, denying before the courts that the executive order at issue is a “travel ban.” The government says that you shouldn’t use the president’s campaign statements to divine the intent of his executive orders. Wall told the Ninth Circuit: “We shouldn’t start down the road of psychoanalyzing what people meant on the campaign trail.”

Conservative judges have been, more or less, sympathetic to this argument. They’re not saying that a president’s words don’t matter. They’re not saying that intent doesn’t matter. They’re saying that Trump’s campaign rhetoric is not a good metric by which to judge the intent of his policy.

When Trump, now not as a campaigner but as President of the United States, then says that the Travel Ban is a “BAN,” it kind of blows apart the whole argument..

Follow the link for his full explanation.

Not Buying It 0

Noah Feldman, who, in addition to being a Bloomberg columnist, is also a Harvard Law profession, parses the recent 10-3 decision by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the freeze on the Trump administration’s Muslim ban. Feldman analyzes three aspects of the opinion, but this is the crucial bit:

That led Gregory to the heart of his opinion — and the condemnation of Trump as a liar.


Here’s where the opinion got personal. Gregory acknowledged that the executive order was “facially legitimate.” But, he said, “bona fide” literally means “in good faith.”

And here, he reasoned, the plaintiffs had provided “ample evidence that national security is not the true reason” for the order. That evidence, the court said, came mostly from Trump himself, in the form of his “numerous campaign statements expressing animus towards the Islamic faith.”

Follow the link for Feldman’s explanation of his reasoning.

All the News that Fits 0

Via Raw Story.

A World of Their Own 0

In The Bangor Daily News, Amy Fried marvels at Republicans’ retreat into an imaginary world. They’ve gone from Reagan’s voodoo economics into a world of voodoo science. A snippet:

Increasingly, Republicans turn away from established knowledge and expertise. There used to be very little difference between Democrats and Republicans about the conclusions of climate scientists regarding of the reality of global climate change. Over time, a narrow gap has widened and Republicans are far more likely to reject climate scientists’ findings.

When it comes to simply describing a policy, instead of discussing the same facts in light of differing values about the role of government, Republican leaders assert clearly false claims. This can be seen when it comes to Trumpcare.

Follow the link to learn why she said that and how convincingly she can back it up.

“Untruth in Labeling” 0

Wolfe named

Via Juanita Jean.

Legacy 0

“The evil that men do lives after them . . . .”

The Voter Fraud Fraud 0

In my local rag, Roger Chesley cannot conceal his disdain for Trump’s recent order to create a panel to investigate “voter fraud”–a panel to be led by two experts at voter suppression, to boot.

A snippet:

No one can take the panel seriously, though, because its formation plays into the president’s penchant for wild conspiracies.

In January, Trump claimed – without a scintilla of proof – that between 3 million and 5 million undocumented immigrants voted in the 2016 presidential election. Oh, and as he theorized later: “They all voted for Hillary. They didn’t vote for me.”

It must be his psychic connection.

Follow the link for the complete article.

How a Lie Becomes a Debate 0

Via The Seattle Times.