Republican Lies category archive
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it–oh, wait. The question is moot.
Everyone heard it.
At the Guardian, Steven W Thrasher explains that it’s all about the racism. A snippet:
It’s been a terrible week for American voting rights. On Thursday, Donald Trump announced that Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach will work with the vice-president, Mike Pence, to lead a commission on voter fraud and suppression. Let’s be clear about what this is: a white power grab as naked and frightening as last summer’s nude statues of Trump himself.
Read the whole thing.
It’s a short article and neither synopsis nor excerpt can do it justice. Just read it.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Mark B. Baer explains why Trumpcare is in no way health “insurance.”
Trump’s is a reality show presidency in which unrelated clips are edited together in an arbitrary manner so as to create an appearance of things that are not. For example:
I sometimes wonder to what extent NBC and its various “Apprentice” series should be held responsible for creating an appearance of this thing that is not: that Donald Trump is competent, capable, and coherent.
At The Guardian, Richard Wolffe joins the those looking back on Donald Trump’s first 100 days. His perspective varies from many of the other run-of-the-mill churned out articles; it’s worth a look.
Here’s a bit:
Trump tried and failed to repeal Obamacare. He’s talking about trying again, just like he’s talking about Nafta and talking about tax cuts. His administration talks a lot like a timeshare sales team, making wild promises to a captive audience in what amounts to a high-pressure pitch for distressed assets.
This may be a familiar feeling for the victims of Trump University, but it’s a new experience for the American people at large, and can thus be counted as another landmark of the first 100 days.