‘Even Your Own Supporters Won’t Believe This’
Despite the fact that a strong majority of Americans do not want a border wall, Trump is pushing for it – as he continues to rest his entire presidency on completing it.
“In our Country, so much money has been poured down the drain, for so many years, but when it comes to Border Security and the Military, the Democrats fight to the death,” Trump tweeted Wednesday.
Of course, Trump’s claim that the Democrats “fight to the death” is hyperbole – but in his mind, is it?
“We won on the Military, which is being completely rebuilt. One way or the other, we will win on the Wall!”
(Note the “one way or another” claim – it’s how he will ultimately claim victory.)
Then comes this staggering lie – and highly improbable claim.
“Mexico is paying (indirectly) for the Wall through the new USMCA, the replacement for NAFTA!”
That is a lie, and an embarrassing one that Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed Tuesday at her first press conference in weeks. Despite a reporter’s valiant attempts to explain where federal funds come from, and that trade agreement benefits go into consumers’ pockets, she refused to accept the facts.
“Far more money coming to the U.S.,” Trump continued.
“Because of the tremendous dangers at the Border, including large scale criminal and drug inflow, the United States Military will build the Wall!”
There is little chance of that happening.
While U.S. service members deployed to the border last month repaired sections of the wall and strung barbed wire, that was more akin to busy work to justify their presence there – which was part of Trump’s November election tactics.
The Army Corps of Engineers has built dams, flood protection barriers, and constructed other public works in the U.S. and around the world, but building a border wall is not within their mandate.
It’s unclear if Trump has constitutional authority to force the U.S. Military to build the wall.
Using U.S. Armed Forces to build Trump’s wall would draw strong criticism from Democrats, who in the House could defund the project.
Here’s how some responded:
“(indirectly)” is doing a significant amount of work here! https://t.co/DIrjnG5GZh
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 19, 2018
Whatever President Trump may means by “money coming to the U.S.” from Mexico (does he mean anything?) – the claim from most conventional economic measures is untrue. EG US grain exports to Mexico are down as a result of Trump trade harassment https://t.co/VnWUESUC5O https://t.co/5leEkbs5k5
— David Frum (@davidfrum) December 19, 2018
It never ceases to amaze me how obvious it is that Trump is a con-man, yet still manages to find rubes. https://t.co/l9Nhu4R7pU
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) December 19, 2018
I remember the old Trump 2016 campaign call and response like it was yesterday :
Trump: What’ll we do?
Crowd: Build the wall!
Trump: Who’ll pay for it?
Crowd: Mexico, indirectly, through unverifiable future savings from mild changes to existing trade pacts! https://t.co/w8fDZp68R5
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) December 19, 2018
You caved. Give it up.
Congress hasn’t even passed the USMCA — and may not. And no money can go toward any wall, nor can the military build a wall by law.
And this Mexico will be “indirectly.”
Come on, ven your own supporters won’t believe this crap. https://t.co/nipG9l0k6u
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) December 19, 2018
“This fabulous Wall is gonna pay for itself! Promise!”
“These fabulous tax-cuts are gonna pray for themselves. Would I lie?”
“This fabulous Trump University degree is gonna pay for itself! Would I lie?”
“This fabulous Trump Casino stock is gonna pay for itself! Would I lie?” https://t.co/Th2mB89eHp
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) December 19, 2018
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) December 19, 2018
Wow. Can someone please tell this guinea pig with an ill-fitting suit how drug trafficking works? They don’t just swallow and cross the border (not exclusively at least). They use boats and fucking planes! Does he want to build a water and air wall too? https://t.co/CqwPSLYGvp
— Kitty-la-Mystika (@Hoshichaaan) December 19, 2018
The United States Military will NOT build your fucking wall. https://t.co/0jfwqhV8Fg
— Jude (@Jxnewton) December 19, 2018
Jesus Christ. (indirectly). https://t.co/mpBIzkLuAZ
— Rubee421 🐝🇺🇸 🎄🎅🎁 (@rootbeer421) December 19, 2018
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DeSantis Administration Blows Off Court Ruling – Strips Funding From Schools Defying Unlawful Mask Mandate Ban
The administration of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is going ahead with plans to financially punish schools that defy his ban on mask mandates for students.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran withheld funds from the Alachua and Broward county school districts that are equivalent to the salaries paid to school board members’ salaries.
Both counties had defied DeSantis by implementing mask mandates and refused to back down in the face of the governor’s threats.
However, there is some question of whether the decision to withhold the funding from the schools will hold up in court.
“Corcoran’s announcement Monday came after Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper on Friday ruled that DeSantis’ overstepped his constitutional authority in issuing the executive order,” reports the Tampa Bay Times. “Cooper issued an injunction barring Corcoran, the Department of Education and the State Board of Education from enforcing DeSantis’ order. It was not clear Monday evening whether the announcement about withholding funds from the Alachua and Broward districts conflicts with Cooper’s ruling.”
Despite this, the Florida Department of Education released a statement Monday saying that “the withholding of funds will continue monthly until each school board complies with state law and rule.”
Madison Cawthorn Attacks Dr. Fauci: ‘We Want to Prosecute This Guy to the Full Ability of the Law’
U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) is attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying House Republicans will “prosecute” the esteemed immunologist and director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), as a “pawn of the Chinese Communist Party” and for lying to Congress.
There is no evidence either of those claims are true.
Speaking to former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis, the host of “Just the Truth” on the Real America’s Voice website, Cawthorn falsely claimed Dr. Fauci has “directly lied to Congress,” echoing a claim made by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday. Ellis, who claims to be a “constitutional law attorney,” did not mention to Cawthorn that the House of Representatives does not have the power to criminally prosecute.
“I’ll tell you when we take the majority back in 2022, I’ll make sure consequences are doled out,” Cawthorn promised. “But we want to prosecute this guy to the full ability of the law because I’ll tell you to lie to the American people just to get your name in the news just to see your face on the cover of books just to get fame or fortune, I’ll tell you, Dr. Anthony Fauci does not deserve either fame or fortune.”
On Wednesday Cawthorn told Newsmax, “I think we should indict Jill Biden.”
Rep. Madison Cawthorn vows that if the GOP gains control of the House in 2022, he will “make sure that consequences are doled out” to Dr. Anthony Fauci: “We want to prosecute this guy to the full ability of the law.” pic.twitter.com/kFN0rGOCGJ
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) July 22, 2021
Guns for Hire?: GOP Governor Accused of ‘Renting’ Out South Dakota’s National Guard Troops as For-Profit ‘Mercenaries’
It may be called South Dakota but the “Mount Rushmore State” is pretty far up in the northern United States. And yet Governor Kristi Noem, a Trump-loving far right Republican, is sending her National Guard troops to patrol the border: the Southern Border, in Texas.
The capitol of South Dakota, Pierre, is over 1100 miles from Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s capital city of Austin, about a 17 hour drive according to Google, if you don’t stop to eat or sleep.
Gov. Noem is sending her National Guard troops down to the Lone Star State to help out Gov. Abbott with the “ongoing violations of state and federal law by illegal aliens crossing the unsecured border,” she has just announced.
Who’s paying for these soldiers?
In a statement Noem says “private donations,” the source of which she does not disclose. Nor does she say where the funds are going.
“The Biden Administration has failed in the most basic duty of the federal government: keeping the American people safe,” Governor Noem’s statement reads.. “The border is a national security crisis that requires the kind of sustained response only the National Guard can provide. We should not be making our own communities less safe by sending our police or Highway Patrol to fix a long-term problem President Biden’s Administration seems unable or unwilling to solve. My message to Texas is this: help is on the way.”
“The deployment will be paid for by a private donation.”
Many are furious that the governor has turned U.S. troops into “a mercenary force.”
Paid for by a private donation?
So she is turning the SD National Guard into kind of a mercenary force? https://t.co/P9dQi7uMR4
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) June 29, 2021
As a fmr director of the MO National Guard it’s concerning that this “deployment is being paid for by a private donation”.
The Guard isnt designed to be “for rent”.
If not activated by the Feds & operating in another state who is picking up the cost & what is the scope? https://t.co/SuP4ph2iUH
— Gregg Favre (@GreggFavre) June 29, 2021
“Paid for by private donation” is another way of saying mercenary https://t.co/TnDdnEaAzZ
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) June 29, 2021
So Gov. Noem is renting out South Dakota’s National Guard to private donors now?
“The deployment is to be paid for by a private donation, Noem’s office said …”
— Kaili Joy Gray (@KailiJoy) June 29, 2021
“The deployment will be paid for by a private donation.”
Kristi Noem just turned her state’s citizen into a private, for-hire security force, which she will then send out of state over the summer. https://t.co/0oAnz2NN0G
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) June 29, 2021
Ah the Mexican border crisis of South Dakota. Good to know Gov. Kristi Noem will accept private donations to use troops for political pageantry. pic.twitter.com/CrHzd55jWL
— 💀DeathMetalViking💀 (@DeathMetalV) June 29, 2021
Private donations to fund sham AZ audit, run border wall scams ala Steve Bannon, and now deploy troops? Do I see a trend here? Really, what’s going on?
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) June 29, 2021
Anonymous private donations paying for domestic military deployments. What could go wrong? https://t.co/iBQZnvxHjF
— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) June 29, 2021
Guns for hire? Then I guess they can be used against us….. https://t.co/3IYolKsxGO
— Debi in NC 🌊😷🦋 (@ncdeb6) June 29, 2021
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