How Many Lies Can You Count?
Donald Trump just posted a statement on winning the Electoral College vote, which he did late Monday afternoon. But the statement, an official communication from the Trump transition team, is filled with lies, including the claim that he won in a landslide and the suggestion, yet again, that he won the popular vote.
“Today marks a historic electoral landslide victory in our nation’s democracy,” Trump’s statement begins. His Electoral College win ranks 46th out of 58. It’s literally the opposite of a landslide.
“I thank the American people for their overwhelming vote to elect me as their next President of the United States,” he continues. Again, Trump lost the popular vote. In fact, with more than 2.8 million votes more than Trump, Hillary Clinton could make that exact statement and it would hold more truth.
“The official votes cast by the Electoral College exceeded the 270 required to secure the presidency by a very large margin, far greater than ever anticipated by the media,” he says. While most of the media predicted a Clinton win, Trump walks away with just 304 Electoral College votes, after two Texas electors refused to cast their ballots for him. That’s not a “very large margin,” nor, again, does it rank even in the top half of Electoral College wins.
“This election represents a movement that millions of hard working men and women all across the country stood behind and made possible. With this historic step we can look forward to the bright future ahead. I will work hard to unite our country and be the President of all Americans,” he concludes. “Together, we will make America great again.”
Some responses via Twitter:
Trump declares today’s electoral college vote to be “a historic electoral landslide victory.” It was not. Not at all. This is a lie. pic.twitter.com/7DpJ9r4xQr
â€” Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) December 19, 2016
But he got a larger share than 10 other losers. Sad (for them)! https://t.co/7GxiKCY8xj
â€” Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) December 19, 2016
On election night, like today, Trump vowed to work to unite the country. Haven’t seen single sign of anything like that from him. Nothing
â€” Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) December 20, 2016
@jbarro Well, it was historic in that he had the third-worst popular vote margin of any president
â€” Matt O’Brien (@ObsoleteDogma) December 20, 2016
I can’t figure out if this is an Orwellian abuse of language, insecurity, or maybe Trump just doesn’t know what “landslide” means https://t.co/IZXIx7tCcf
â€” Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) December 20, 2016
in addition to lying about landslide victory, Trump takes a swipe at media – day after his off-the-record soiree with some of them https://t.co/30UcVQHV38
â€” Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) December 19, 2016
â€” MichaelCrawford (@dmcrawford) December 20, 2016
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‘I Apologize for Interrupting Your Press Conference’: Tearful Texas Democrat Urges Greg Abbott to ‘Do Something’ on Guns
The Texas Democratic State Senator who represents Uvalde stood up during Greg Abbott’s Friday afternoon press conference and almost begged the Republican Governor to “do something” about gun violence after Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School that took 21 lives.
Abbott was trying to place the blame for the school shooting on mental health despite the gunman having no documented issues, and told attendees, “we’re focusing our attention on the wrong thing.”
That was not good enough for Democratic State Senator Roland Gutierrez, who politely introduced himself and said, “I’m not making a political speech.”
“My colleagues are asking for a special session, you’re getting a letter tomorrow,” from the Senate Democratic Caucus.
“We’ve asked for gun control changes – I’m asking you now, bring us back in three weeks.”
Gutierrez grew emotional, sounding as if he was choking up, and added, “I apologize for interrupting your press conference about the needs of this community. I’ve been here for three days with all of these elected officials – this county judge has been working his ass off,” he continued.
“I don’t know how to express the loss of the families that I’ve talked to,” he added.
“You have to do something, man,” Gutierrez said, all but begging the governor to take action, and saying his “own colleagues are calling me and telling me this is enough.”
“I’m sorry to interrupt your press conference… you have to do something” pic.twitter.com/OiRI1OQZWQ
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 27, 2022
Watch: Right Wing Host at NRA Convention Likens 18 Year Olds Buying Guns to 3rd Graders Deciding Gender
A host from a right-wing streaming service covering the NRA convention in Houston decided to compare conservatives’ growing active opposition to the rights and existence of transgender people, to the majority of Americans demanding expanded gun control legislation.
“We are being told by the left that a third-grader has the knowledge to determine if they were born a boy or they were born a girl, whether or not they want to stay that gender that they were born with,” said Brian Glenn, Right Side Broadcasting’s director of programming and correspondent.
“And if we feel like at a third grade you can make decisions on your gender, then I think by the time you’re 18 you should have enough maturity – assuming you’re not a complete psychopath – to buy a handgun and exercise your Second Amendment.”
Of course, that hypothetical third-grader is harming exactly no one and later can reverse that decision if they choose, which the vast majority do not.
That hypothetical 18-year old, or, in the case of this week’s horrific tragedy, an actual 18-year old, buying two AR-15 style assault weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition within three days of their 18th birthday, gunning down 21 people including 19 elementary school children, cannot reverse any of those decisions.
Right-wing broadcaster inside NRA convention says if young people are allowed to choose their gender, then 18 year-olds should be allowed by buy assault weapons. pic.twitter.com/Fog4lZBgHW
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) May 27, 2022
Local Texas Cops Blocked Specialized Federal Tactical Team That Killed Shooter From Engaging for One Hour
When a specially equipped U.S. Border Patrol tactical team arrived on the scene of Tuesday’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, local police who were already on the scene wouldn’t allow them to engage with the shooter, The New York Times reports.
“The agents from Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrived at some point between 12 p.m. and 12:10 p.m., according to the officials — far earlier than previously known,” The Times’ report stated. “But they did not breach the adjoining classrooms of the school where the gunman had locked himself in until a little before 1 p.m. Members of the federal tactical team killed the gunman.”
But officials speaking to The Times say the Uvalde Police Department prevented the agents from going in sooner.
The new details further call into the question the thinking behind how law enforcement responded to the shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers. The Border Patrol and ICE agents say they did not understand why they were force to wait. All of the 21 victims died in the area where 18-year-old Salvador Ramos had barricaded himself in.
Read the full report at The New York Times.
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