Republican Lies category archive
Jay Bookman points out some real life voter fraud. Here’s a bit from his article:
This year, however, conservatives seem to have finally found the evidence of voting fraud that they’ve long sought, and they’ve found it in North Carolina of all places. A Republican political operative, hired by a Republican congressional candidate, has been accused of running a large-scale operation to submit fraudulent absentee ballots in favor of the GOP and to collect and destroy large numbers of absentee ballots in favor of the Democratic candidate.
Do please read the rest, in which he demonstrates that this is but one element in North Carolina Republicans’ steaming, fetid pile of duplicity.
Thom points out the there’s nothing new about trickle-on economics.
El Reg reports:
In a paper distributed through ArXiv earlier this month, researchers Sophie van der Zee, Ronald Poppe, Alice Havrileck, and Aurelien Baillon – from Erasmus University, Utrecht University, and École Normale Supérieure de Cachan – describe how they found significant linguistic differences between factually accurate and inaccurate Trump tweets, and used this finding to construct a language-based lie detection model.
The accuracy of their model was about 73 per cent, making it better than a coin-toss, but far from foolproof in its evaluation.
More at the link.
Mike reacts to Lou Dobbs’s claims of illegal immigrants’ voting (warning: language):
Juanita Jean reports that, according to the President of Finland, Donald Trump doesn’t know what he’s talking about. A snippet (sourcing at the link):
The Toronto Star’s Daniel Dale takes inventory. An excerpt, when asked about his methodology?
When he says something, I look it up.
Writing at AL.com, a CPA experienced in investigation financial fraud applies his experience to Florida vote-counting debacle and finds no evidence of fraud. In doing so, he lists a number of items he does see evident in Florida and describes how they are not evidence of fraud. He starts by pointing out that fraud, by definition, is intentional.
It’s an interesting, timely read. Here’s a bit:
Lesson 2 – Incompetence is not fraud. Some parties interested in the Brevard County, Florida, recount have opined that the Supervisor of Elections is incompetent. Even if this was proven to be true, it is not evidence of fraud. Being bad at your job might make the commission of fraud easier, but it is, in itself, not evidence of fraud.
Lesson 5 – Other violations of election law alleged are not fraud. In heavily Republican Bay County, Florida, the Supervisor of Elections allowed some citizens to vote by email despite that not being allowed by law. While this may be illegal, there was no misrepresentation of truth or concealment of material fact. This does not meet the definition of fraud.
Thom and Greg Palast discuss the latest updates on Georgia Republicans’ gut-out-the-vote efforts.
Military veteran and Virginia Tech Professor James M. Dubinsky points out the cynical backstory to Donald Trump’s caravan of caravan lies. A snippet (emphasis added):
As a veteran who carries an ID card with “indefinite” on it, meaning I could be recalled in times of emergency, I am appalled at how the president is using the men and women currently in uniform to enforce his vision for our country, a vision predicated on fear and inaccuracies.
Follow the link for the rest.
Meet the Keystone Kops of political (in)operatives: Joe Patrice dissects the plot to pay some women to gin up phony sexual misconduct allegations against Robert Mueller.
David points out that fact-checking Trump is a pointless waste of time, because his dupes, symps, and fellow-travelers don’t care and everyone else is already on to him.
The Republican Party has decided to tell itself stories about domestic terrorism. Here’s a bit from the report at TPM; follow the link for the complete article.
Far-right allies of President Trump quickly dismissed a string of explosive devices sent to prominent Democratic figures and CNN as a “false flag” operation intended to support Democrats’ “narrative” ahead of the midterm elections.
Without any evidence, members of the far-right media, think tank heads, and Twitter activists shared their conspiratorial theories on social media.
Today’s Republican party is a
vile and loathsome (not to mention delusional and dangerous) thing clear and present danger to the polity; it demonstrates the degree to which we have become a society of stupid.
Addendum, Late that Same Evening:
There is no truth to the rumor that I’m trying to start that the Republican Party intends to rename itself the “Pipe Bomb Party.”
Ravi Chandra explores the similarities between the rhetoric of Donald Trump and Trumpettes to classic authoritarian propaganda. After pointing out that it’s common to try to gin up the base before an election, Chandra notes that
. . . Trump’s rhetoric crosses a dangerous line. Whether or not he knows it, he is using classic nationalistic propaganda techniques to twist reality to suit his preferences and paint his political opponents as enemies of the country itself. This functions as an attempt to psychologically suppress his opposition’s voter turnout and demoralize political engagement, by making politics seem increasingly tainted and futile. Moreover, his rhetoric is psychological violence and a potential prelude to actual violence, an example of a new “malignant normality” and should not be viewed as simply rhetorical campaign flourish. Our democracy, our union, and our psychological well-being are at stake.
Follow the link for the rest, including specific examples.
Thom looks back at the history of the Republican voter fraud scam.