Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is running for re-election, and he’s running scared. He should be. His Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, is within one point of Cruz in the latest poll, and a top Trump administration official said Cruz may lose because he’s unlikeable. If all that weren’t enough, the Senate Majority Whip has summed up the GOP’s fear of O’Rourke’s chances of taking down Cruz: “We’re not bluffing, this is real, and it is a serious threat.”
Michelle Obama famously said, “When they go low, we go high.”
Ted Cruz has just gone low. Very low.
A few weeks ago O’Rourke, who is 45 – just two years younger than Cruz but worlds apart in outlook – was asked at a town hall style event to share his thoughts on the NFL players’ silent kneeling protests.
The man who asked O’Rourke clearly was not fan of the players’ protests, but that did not stop the Democratic Congressman from launching into a well-thought out explanation for not only why he supports protesting police killings of Black people, but why it’s a very American thing to do.
And the Cruz campaign went into action.
They sliced and diced the video, and turned the question into one about flag burning – not the players’ protests – and then used O’Rourke’s remarks to make it appear that he supports burning the American flag, and thinks “there is something inherently American about that,” and is “grateful people are willing to do that.”
Those remarks were about NFL players protesting police killing Black people, not flag burning.
Tell that to the Cruz campaign.
“Congressman O’Rourke not only called burning the U.S. flag ‘inherently American’ but also said he was ‘grateful’ for those willing to commit such an act,” Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told The Dallas Morning News, in a clear lie. “His position is an appalling display of disregard to those who have put their lives on the line to preserve the very freedoms the American flag represents. Texans certainly do not share such views.”
Nor does O’Rourke, according to his spokesperson.
“O’Rourke has only spoken publicly about flag-burning once, when the congressman said he does not think anybody should burn the American flag,” The Hill reports. It calls the ad “heavily edited.”
The Dallas Morning News, which basically is Cruz’s hometown newspaper, reports the story this way: “Heavily spliced Ted Cruz video falsely depicts Beto O’Rourke saying he’s ‘grateful’ for flag burning.”
“O’Rourke did not say he’s ‘grateful’ for flag burning. Nor did he say that flag burning is ‘inherently American,'” the paper makes clear.
How can Cruz get away with this?
Here’s part of the question the man asked O’Rourke about NFL players protests:
“As a voter, I don’t know how I would feel to have my own elected representative being open to kneeling on the Senate floor or encouraging and supporting acts that desecrate our American flag.”
O’Rourke clearly was responding to the protests – which do not “desecrate our American flag.”
Tell that to the Cruz campaign.
When you choose to lie, and to lie to this degree, you’re running scared.
Ted Cruz should be scared. His vision of America, his decision to not only support but to embrace President Trump is inherently un-American. And it will cost him at the polls in November.
And if he continues down this path, it will cost him his job, too.
Watch this outrageous Cruz campaign ad, which is being run on Facebook:
And here’s the video that went viral, of O’Rourke discussing NFL players’ protests:
‘I can think of nothing more American.’ — Beto O’Rourke — the man taking on Ted Cruz — brilliantly explains why NFL players kneeling during the anthem is not disrespectful pic.twitter.com/xUGOuCFCSi
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) August 22, 2018
Hat tip: The Hill
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Giuliani Scorched for Claiming US Constitution ‘Obligates’ Trump to Extort Ukraine to Investigate Bidens
‘Lay Off the Shrooms’
The President’s personal attorney is claiming – falsely – that the U.S. Constitution “obligates” President Donald Trump to extort Ukraine to manufacture false evidence of crimes by his top political opponent Joe Biden and the former vice president’s son Hunter Biden.
And he’s getting scorched for these false claims.
Giuliani, a former U.S. Attorney, made the false claims Friday morning on Twitter.
Presidential Legal Obligations 101:
Art 2, Sec. 3 of the US Constitution obligates the President to investigate and ask for investigations of corruption in countries we provide funds to.
Who ever heard of a president being impeached for carrying out his constitutional mandate?
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 6, 2019
It comes as a huge shock to Democrats that @realDonaldTrump will ask for investigations concerning violations of US laws & misused hard-earned tax payer dollars.
It’s called his legal obligation under Article 2, Sec. 3 of the US Constitution. Ignored by Obama.
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 6, 2019
Here’s what Article II, Section III of the U.S. Constitution actually says:
“He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper; he shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers; he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all the officers of the United States.”
There is nothing in that portion of the Constitution to support Giuliani’s claims.
Here’s how some are responding on social media:
Actually the State Dept found they had met the criteria for receiving the money. Investigating corruption is completely different than asking a foreign country to dig up dirt on a political opponent.
— Barbara Williams (@oldWVgirl) December 6, 2019
Dude, lay off the shrooms, that’s not what it says at all
— Analyst @ Surefire Intelligence (@AaronAjlen) December 6, 2019
Rudy literally just admitted yesterday that “investigate corruption” actually meant “smear Biden.” https://t.co/doSwUrVNvu
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) December 6, 2019
Giuiliani is back in Ukraine claiming the Article 2 Section 3 “take care” clause in the Constitution compels the President to investigate crime anywhere on the planet. It’s turning into a global comedy show. I think Giuliani knows it is all BS yet having fun ridiculing things.
— Lucas W🎄 (@LucasWa05792703) December 6, 2019
He’s supposed to ask it of… the United States government.
But instead, he tried to keep it secret from the United States government.
The idea that the Constitution mandates begging foreign governments to enforce our law is even dumber than you are. https://t.co/kg54mQBx18
— David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC™ (@KagroX) December 6, 2019
Obama Obama Obama. Obama. Obama. Obama. You’re going to jail Rudy. Tick tock.
— Baba Jessy (@mwabilimwagodi) December 6, 2019
Article 2, Section 3 empowers the president to convene Congress for a State of the Union.
Not sure what Giuliani is getting at here, besides trying to misrepresent the text of the Constitution for uninformed supporters. https://t.co/Lxf2qr621j pic.twitter.com/InvD6JoTio
— Ron Garza (@RonJohnOnline) December 6, 2019
Still lying, grifting and cheating eh Rudy? No learning curve for you!
— Zelda J Pinwheel ☂️ (@ZeldaJPinwheel) December 6, 2019
So… Shucking disclosure : Rudy Giuliani is citing a portion of the constitution incorrectly, thereby showing his utter ignorance of that document.
— Timothy Collins (@wookietim) December 6, 2019
I’m not a big city lawyer, but… that’s not what Article 2, Section 3 says. It does say POTUS must take care laws are “faithfully executed”, despite their own whims or opinions. Maybe he’s thinking of Article 2, Section 4, which calls for impeachment. https://t.co/Hcd55vfOWl pic.twitter.com/Ft5wRScqdD
— Fall is stupid. At least winter is honest (@Henke2020) December 6, 2019
Senate GOP-Led Committee Cleared Ukraine of US Election Meddling – and Yet Republicans Now Spreading Same Putin Propaganda
The Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee in 2017 investigated allegations that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and cleared that country of any actions that would be in any way similar to the attacks by Russia to put Donald Trump in the White House.
And yet increasingly prominent members of the GOP are parroting those widely-debunked talking points that come straight from the Kremlin. Among the Republicans spreading Russian propaganda are House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes of California, Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana, and of course, President Donald Trump.
The Intelligence Committee “thoroughly investigated” the claim that Ukraine attacked the U.S. election, Politico reports, “and found no evidence that Ukraine waged a top-down interference campaign akin to the Kremlin’s efforts to help Trump win in 2016.”
The Committee released a bipartisan report that found, in part, Politico notes, that “there was ‘little evidence’ of a ‘top-down effort’ by the Ukrainian government to sabotage Trump’s campaign.”
On Sunday, for example, Senator Kennedy (R-LA) (video below) said that “Russia was very aggressive and they’re much more sophisticated, but the fact that Russia was so aggressive does not exclude the fact that [former] President Poroshenko [of Ukraine] actively worked for Secretary Clinton.” That is false.
.@SenJohnKennedy: Dr Hill is entitled to her opinion
TODD: When does opinion become fact?
K: I believe reports Poroshenko worked for Clinton
T: My goodness, you just did exactly what the Russian op is trying to get Americans to do! Are you worried you’ve been duped?
K: No. pic.twitter.com/EXkFLbptp4
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 1, 2019
That 2017 Senate Intelligence Committee report did, however, note that Russia tried to blame Ukraine for the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. Russia is believed to be behind the crash that killed all 298 passengers and crew members.
Read the full Politico report here.
More Than Two Years After Trump Claimed ‘Obama Had My Wires Tapped’ a Soon-to-Be Released DOJ Report Will Debunk That Lie
Report will put to rest Trump’s claim of being victim to “the biggest scandal in the history of our country.”
The U.S. Dept. of Justice will soon release a long-awaited report that is expected to debunk, among a multitude of far right conspiracy theories and lies, President Donald Trump’s false claim that President Barack Obama wire tapped and spied on him, his campaign, and possibly even his transition team.
Less than two months into his term, seemingly out of nowhere, President Trump took to Twitter to deliver this astonishing claim:
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
He would go on to make other wholly unsupported allegations, like these:
THEY SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN (We will never forget)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2019
Trump’s lies were worldwide news. Here’s the UK’s Sky News covering Trump’s claims at the time:
“This is Nixon/Watergate” President Trump says, after claiming Barack Obama “wire-tapped” him ahead of his election victory pic.twitter.com/sM9msqk7YC
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 4, 2017
For the next two and a half years, Trump would occasionally, and again, seemingly out of nowhere, make similar false claims – without any proof, ever.
But on December 9 the DOJ will release Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report exposing the president’s claims as lies, according to The New York Times.
As NCRM and others recently reported, that Inspector General’s report is also expected to confirm that the FBI’s multi-pronged Russia probe was not tainted by any anti-Trump bias.
But as the Times notes, the report will find some flaws at the FBI, including in how it handled some FISA warrants and wiretaps.
“Mr. Horowitz’s mixed bag of conclusions is likely to give new ammunition to both Mr. Trump’s defenders and critics in the long-running partisan fight over the Russia investigation. Last week, Mr. Trump described the coming report in a phone interview with ‘Fox & Friends’ as potentially ‘historic’ and predicted ‘perhaps the biggest scandal in the history of our country.'”
The Times neglected to note that the report will not be “historic” nor reveal “perhaps the biggest scandal in the history of our country.”
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