Trump’s False Claim Appears to Have Come From Nation’s Top ConspiracyÂ Theorist
Just hours after PresidentÂ Donald Trump falsely told service members at CENTCOM that the “very dishonest media” is not reporting terror attacks, “doesn’t want to,” and “have their reasons” for not, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is already walking back those claims.
In a classic fascistic move, the President indicted the media before the military, in what surprisingly started out as a partisan, political speech during which he told them those who endorse him are his friends, while those who do not, are not.Â
He then went on to discuss the war against ISIS, which is when he accused the media of not reporting terror attacks.
“Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland, as they did on 9/11, as they did from Boston to Orlando, to San Bernardino. And all across Europe. You’ve seen what happened in Paris, and Nice. All over Europe, it’s happening,” the Commander-in-Chief told service members.
“It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in many cases the very very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons and you understand that,” Trump claimed, offering zero proof.
Speaking with reporters after theÂ President’s remarks, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer promised to “provide a list” of unreported terror attacks “later.”
“Thereâ€™s several instances,” SpicerÂ said. “Thereâ€™s a lot of instances that have occurred where I donâ€™t think theyâ€™ve gotten the coverage it deserved.”
There’s a big difference between the press not reporting terror attacks and the White House Press Secretary deciding what attacks deserve how much coverage.
So, that’s walk back number one.
The next came when Spicer was asked if the terror attacks werenâ€™t reported or were underreported.
“Underreported,” Spicer answered, totally walking back Trump’s unsubstantiatedÂ claim.
Just remember,Â White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has promised to “provide a list” of unreported terror attacks, “later.”
Add that to the list of things Trump and his administration have promised to do or give to the American people.
Like, that press conference with Melania Trump about her immigration papers…Â Or, his taxes…
Meanwhile, the Washington Post is reporting the idea that the press is somehow refusing to report on terror attacks appears to have come from… conspiracy theorist extraordinaire, Alex Jones and his InfoWars fake news site.
Some responses via Twitter:
Seems like you wouldn’t need to go do research if this lie was true. https://t.co/PVZNHBOXuO
â€” Markos Moulitsas (@markos) February 6, 2017
Exciting. Where will the next Bowling Green Massacre have taken place without your knowledge? Could it have happened in your back yard? https://t.co/kz3wDjdu4h
â€” Jason Karsh (@jkarsh) February 6, 2017
https://t.co/VoWFuF31I7 Likelist outcomes: 1) We never get a list. 2) A list is created, but it’s all lies. 3) Spicer quits suddenly.
â€” Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) February 6, 2017
spicer: I HOLD IN MY HAND THE NAMES OF FORTY TERROR ATTACKS THE MEDIA HAS REFUSED TO REPORT ON
media: can we see that list?
â€” Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) February 6, 2017
Insist on that list. Push Spicer every day for that list. Harangue if necessary, but expose Trump’s lies.
â€” Bill Blair (@BillWsblair) February 6, 2017
fuck you. journos have died, been maimed and been in harm’s way thousands of times over in order to inform the public about the world. https://t.co/EdKPtlUapf
â€” natalie solidarity (@constantnatalie) February 6, 2017
Image: Screenshot via The White House/YouTube
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Trump’s DC Military Operation: Up to 2100 Soldiers in Riot Gear Armed With Bayonets for Operation ‘Divine Law and Order’
President Donald Trump hasn’t stormed U.S. cities across the country yet but as Washington. D.C. is not a state, and therefore has no governor, he can pretty much do as he pleases.
That includes a military operation on the streets of the nation’s capital, called “Operation Themis.”
“In Greek mythology,” the Associated Press reports, “Themis was a titaness of divine law and order, whose symbols are the scales of justice.”
Trump, who fancies himself a “wartime President,” as he has claimed, on Monday told America, “I am the law and order President.”
Up to 2100 U.S. military troops in riot gear will be mobilized to maintain that “divine law and order.” They will be armed, and have bayonets as well.
For Monday’s operation, “President Donald Trump ordered military aircraft to fly above the nation’s capital,” the AP reveals, “as a ‘show of force’ against demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd, according to two Department of Defense officials.”
Helicopters buzzed the ground, reportedly flying less than the minimum required 1000 feet above the ground, to “intimidate” protestors.
You may think it’s only a small thing that the military used helicopters to intimidate American civilians in the nation’s capital. It’s not. A line was crossed tonight. There will be other lines. This is Trump conditioning them to cross those lines.
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) June 2, 2020
‘End Systemic Racism’: Bush 43 Delivers Rare, Silent Rebuke to Trump – Calls for Law Enforcement to ‘Protect’ Protestors
Republican former President George W. Bush has been almost entirely silent during the tenures of both his successors, but on Tuesday the 43rd President of the United States issued a stunningly strong statement in support of the hundreds of thousands if not millions of Americans protesting the police killing of George Floyd.
It is a remarkable moment, given that former presidents almost never criticize those who follow them, especially when they are members of the same party.
And while never mentioning the current President’s name, Bush’s intentions are quite clear – and his words are quite clearly a silent rebuke to President Trump.
President Bush said he and the First Lady “are anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice and fear that suffocate our country.”
He called this a “time for America to examine our tragic failures – and as we do, we will also see some of our redeeming strengths,” and wrote that it “remains a shocking failure that many African Americans, especially young African American men, are harassed and threatened in their own country.”
“It is a strength when protesters, protected by responsible law enforcement, march for a better future. This tragedy — in a long series of similar tragedies — raises a long overdue question: How do we end systemic racism in our society?”
Read the Bush’s full statement, via CNN:
“Laura and I are anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice and fear that suffocate our country. Yet we have resisted the urge to speak out, because this is not the time for us to lecture. It is time for us to listen. It is time for America to examine our tragic failures – and as we do, we will also see some of our redeeming strengths.
It remains a shocking failure that many African Americans, especially young African American men, are harassed and threatened in their own country. It is a strength when protesters, protected by responsible law enforcement, march for a better future. This tragedy — in a long series of similar tragedies — raises a long overdue question: How do we end systemic racism in our society? The only way to see ourselves in a true light is to listen to the voices of so many who are hurting and grieving. Those who set out to silence those voices do not understand the meaning of America — or how it becomes a better place.
America’s greatest challenge has long been to unite people of very different backgrounds into a single nation of justice and opportunity. The doctrine and habits of racial superiority, which once nearly split our country, still threaten our Union. The answers to American problems are found by living up to American ideals — to the fundamental truth that all human beings are created equal and endowed by God with certain rights. We have often underestimated how radical that quest really is, and how our cherished principles challenge systems of intended or assumed injustice. The heroes of America — from Frederick Douglass, to Harriet Tubman, to Abraham Lincoln, to Martin Luther King, Jr. — are heroes of unity. Their calling has never been for the fainthearted. They often revealed the nation’s disturbing bigotry and exploitation — stains on our character sometimes difficult for the American majority to examine. We can only see the reality of America’s need by seeing it through the eyes of the threatened, oppressed, and disenfranchised.
That is exactly where we now stand. Many doubt the justice of our country, and with good reason. Black people see the repeated violation of their rights without an urgent and adequate response from American institutions. We know that lasting justice will only come by peaceful means. Looting is not liberation, and destruction is not progress. But we also know that lasting peace in our communities requires truly equal justice. The rule of law ultimately depends on the fairness and legitimacy of the legal system. And achieving justice for all is the duty of all.
This will require a consistent, courageous, and creative effort. We serve our neighbors best when we try to understand their experience. We love our neighbors as ourselves when we treat them as equals, in both protection and compassion. There is a better way — the way of empathy, and shared commitment, and bold action, and a peace rooted in justice. I am confident that together, Americans will choose the better way.”
Local DC Reporter: ‘Major Movement of Military Hardware and Personnel’ Into Downtown Washington
A local Washington, D.C. reporter posted video of a huge military vehicle emblazoned with the word “flammable” on its side, which he says is driving on the streets of the nation’s capital. This comes just one day after President Donald Trump told the nation’s governors to “dominate” the streets and increase the presence of the National Guard and other law enforcement agencies.
“Seeing a major movement of military hardware and personnel on the streets of downtown DC today as #GeorgeFloyd protests continue,” Tom Fitzgerald of Fox affiliate Fox5 reported via Twitter.
— Tom Fitzgerald (@FitzFox5DC) June 2, 2020
Fitzgerald says the military vehicles now have “a much wider footprint” than yesterday.
Military personnel and Humvees now blocking off K Street at 19th. Yesterday we primarily saw this equipment down by The White House. Today is a much wider footprint by Federal Law Enforcement and the National Guard responding time the #GeorgeFloyd protests. @Fox5DC pic.twitter.com/r1lCGyT32k
— Tom Fitzgerald (@FitzFox5DC) June 2, 2020
Several social media users u=identified the truck as a tanker used to carry airplane/aviation fuel.
Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is opposed to the militarization of her city.
.@MayorBowser: "We don't think that the active duty military should be used on American streets against Americans. It's an inappropriate use of our military. We have police in Washington, DC. We have federal police in Washington, DC, to focus on the federal properties."
— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) June 2, 2020
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