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Trump Rages in Late Night-Early Morning Fact-Free Tweetstorm Attacking Puerto Rico

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President Donald Trump tweeted late into the night Monday and sprung back early Tuesday continuing his rage-filled Twitter storm attacking the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. Those tweets came barely more than two days after Trump announced he is killing all U.S. foreign aid to three Central American countries. It’s almost like the President just doesn’t like brown people.

The island commonwealth of Puerto Rico is home to 3.2 million people, and was devastated by hurricanes in 2017 – thanks in large part to the lack of action by the Trump administration. They are still in desperate need of help.

But Trump has privately told aides he wants to “claw back” – rescind – federal funds already granted to the island.

The President is now gaslighting the American people, repeatedly pushing a lie (see below) that “Puerto Rico got 91 Billion Dollars for the hurricane.”

That was just one of five tweets Trump posted between 10:50 PM Monday and 7:45 AM Tuesday. And it’s false (more on that below) not to mention, racist.

“Puerto Rico got far more money than Texas & Florida combined,” he also claimed, again falsely.

“91 Billion Dollars to Puerto Rico, and now the Dems want to give them more, taking dollars away from our Farmers and so many others. Disgraceful!” Trump cried on Twitter, in yet another false twist. The only one who’s taking money away from farmers is Trump, thanks to his ill-conceived trade war.

At 11:11 PM Monday President Trump attacked Puerto Rico, calling its elected officials “incompetent or corrupt.” At 11:38 PM he labeled Carmen Yulín Cruz, the Mayor of San Juan, “crazed and incompetent.”

At 7:33 in the morning, in typically racist form, Trump cried that all that Puerto Rico’s “local politicians do is complain & ask for more money. The pols are grossly incompetent, spend the money foolishly or corruptly, & only take from USA.”

It’s that “& only take from USA” that really makes it racist.

Someone should remind the President that Puerto Rico is part of the USA. Imagine the outrage if Trump singled out Mississippi – one of the states most dependent on federal government funds –  and tweeted, “all that Mississippi’s local politicians do is complain & ask for more money. The pols are grossly incompetent, spend the money foolishly or corruptly, & only take from USA.”

At 7:45 AM Tuesday morning, Trump actually tweeted: “The best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico is President Donald J. Trump. So many wonderful people, but with such bad Island leadership and with so much money wasted. Cannot continue to hurt our Farmers and States with these massive payments, and so little appreciation!”

He’s all but asking for the people of Puerto Rico, the same people he threw paper towels at, to kneel before and praise him.

So let’s examine Trump’s false claim that “Puerto Rico got 91 Billion Dollars for the hurricane.”

Some headlines:

“The $91 billion question: Trump rages against a phantom dollar figure of aid to Puerto Rico.” (NY Daily News)

“Study: Puerto Rico received slower, less “generous” federal disaster aid than Texas, Florida.” (CBS News)

If you really want to get at where Trump is getting that fake $91 billion figure, let’s first make clear he’s gaslighting. Reading his tweets and prior statements you’d think the Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin landed a planeload with $91 billion in cold hard cash in San Juan.

Here’s reality.

The Washington Post’s Fact Checker reveals only $11.2 billion has been spent on Puerto Rico. Not $91 billion.

On March 28 Trump told reporters, “We have $91 billion going to Puerto Rico. We have $29 billion to Texas and $12 billion to Florida for the hurricanes.”

The $91 billion is probably the sum total of what the federal government over the course of several decades might spend on Puerto Rico. And it appears he may be confusing what it would actually cost to fix Puerto Rico with what the federal government ultimately will spend.

 

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‘She’s in a Cult’: George and Kellyanne Conway Are ‘Increasingly Distant’ and Jared Kushner Wants Her Gone: Report

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White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and her husband, conservative attorney George Conway, are not the first political couple with different views. But the others — Democratic strategist James Carville and outspoken conservative Mary Matalin, “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC — haven’t displayed near as extreme a cleavage as the Conways. And journalist Gabriel Sherman examines the Conways’ radically different views on President Donald Trump and some of the fallout this week in a Vanity Fair report.

Kellyanne Conway is one of Trump’s most aggressive defenders, while her husband is a Never Trump conservative who absolutely despises the president. Sherman reports that according to “three sources close to George,” the Conways’ relationship has “become increasingly distant as impeachment has gained steam.”

A Republican insider, quoted anonymously, told Vanity Fair that George Conway “tells people she’s in a cult.” And another source identified by Sherman as “close to George” told Vanity Fair, “It’s not going to get better until she’s cast out of the cult.”

Sherman reports, “Sources say George currently spends much of the time working out of Manhattan. When he sees Kellyanne in Washington, they rarely talk about Trump, except for some ‘passive-aggressive digs,’ a person familiar with the conversations told me.”

Trump, Sherman notes, is furious over George Conway’s relentless attacks, and White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner — according to a Sherman source — has pushed for his father-in-law to force Kellyanne Conway out of the administration because of her husband.

“Jared wants her gone. There’s real friction,” a White House source told Vanity Fair. And another anonymous source also described friction between Kellyanne Conway and Kushner, saying, “Kellyanne has complained that Jared has tried to do a number on her from day one.”

 

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Franklin Graham Unleashes Angry Rant About Trump Impeachment – Then Quotes the Bible: ‘The Lord Detests Lying Lips’

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Evangelical activist Franklin Graham, who is closely tied to President Donald Trump, is once again defending the Commander-in-Chief, and once again is twisting truth into a prayerful pretzel to do so.

This may be the most consequential week yet in the 146 week-long presidency of Donald Trump.

Starting Wednesday the House Intelligence Committee will hold open hearings for three administration officials who are expected to testify on live television across major cable news channels and broadcast networks that the President of the United States of America engaged in a systematic and sustained effort of extortion and bribery in an attempt to force a U.S. ally to manufacture false evidence against his top political opponent.

The hearings will give equal time to Democrats and Republicans, and the public will be able to decide for themselves if they believe the evidence against the president warrants impeachment.

But not according to Franklin Graham, who has been using his reported $765 million evangelical empire, as The New Yorker reported last year, to become “the most vociferous evangelical ally of Donald Trump.”

Graham is defending the President to his 8 million Facebook followers by misappropriating the words of the highly respected and revered journalist Bill Moyers as a weapon against the truth.

“Long-time journalist Bill Moyers said Sunday that for the first time in his life, he fears for the nation’s survival. Why? ‘Society, a democracy, can die of too many lies…’ I agree with him 100% on that—we just don’t agree on the source of the problem,” Graham wrote on Facebook Tuesday.

“For two years day after day, night after night, we heard Russian collusion—lie after lie, pushed by the liberal media,” he claimed.

Except collusion was not investigated – criminal conspiracy was.

“There was no determination on “collusion” — and there may have been at least some evidence pointing to possible conspiracy,” The Washington Post reported after Mueller testified before Congress in July.

“Then it was Ukraine and the whistleblower,” Graham continues, apparently having not watched the news for the past month or two.

“Bill Moyers shares in the interview that his ‘hope’ is that as citizens watch the impeachment hearings (which are totally partisan), they will ‘begin to doubt’ in President Donald J. Trump so there can be a shift that would sway the 2020 election.”

To be clear again: the House hearings this week will give equal time to Republicans and Democrats alike.

It is at best inaccurate, at worst a lie to say the hearings are “totally partisan.”

“It’s all about politics and winning the election, they don’t care about anything else,” he continues, falsely.

In fact, Democrats had to be forced to begin impeachment inquiry (sadly) because they were afraid impeaching Trump could hurt them in 2020.

“They are scared to death of conservative values and threatened because President Trump can’t be pushed around and intimidated politically or personally.,” Graham claims, ignoring how the world’s dictators do just that. Dictators like Turkey’s President Erdogan, Russia’s President Putin, and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.

(While we’re on the topic, “conservative values,” which President Trump by no means upholds, are damaging to society. As one study showed, children (regardless of sexual orientation) raised in conservative areas are more likely to attempt suicide than their peers raised in more liberal environments.)

“The lies of the progressive left and the hyper-liberal media are what is a serious threat to the future of our nation,” Graham claims, offering not an iota of proof.

“The Bible tells us, ‘The Lord detests lying lips…’ (Proverbs 12:22),” he concludes.

Graham should look in the mirror.

 

 

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Donald Trump Jr. Went on ‘The View’ – It Didn’t Go Well

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Donald Trump, Jr. and his partner Kimberly Guilfoyle went on ABC’s “The View” Thursday morning. It did not go well for the president’s eldest son and his partner.

How bad?

The Daily Beast called it “a Total Shitshow.”

It was.

Jr. is currently promoting his new book which blatantly attacks the left: “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us.”

He was confronted by View co-host Meghan McCain, whose father died after a prolonged battle with brain cancer, and who was attacked and mocked for years by candidate and then President Donald Trump.

“You and your family have hurt a lot of people,” McCain charged, specifically referring to Gold Star families, but more broadly as well. “Does all of this make you feel good?”

Related: ‘That’s a Lie!’: The View’s Sunny Hostin Blasts Donald Trump Jr as He Sputters Excuses for Quid Pro Quo

Trump Jr.’s response?

“We got into this because we wanted to do what’s right for America.”

That right there shows just how warped Donald Trump Jr.’s sensibilities are: hurting Americans, especialy Gold Star families, is, in his mind, “what’s right for America.”

Not satisfied, McCain pressed on.

“Character in politics, I believe is important. It’s how I was raised.”

Interestingly, Trump Jr. pivoted to putting McCain’s blame to just his father, saying he “calls a lot of those Gold Star families.”

As every president does.

Co-host Abby Huntsman also went after Jr., for outing the alleged whistleblower whose action directly led to an impeachment inquiry of his father. Whistleblowers are federally protected and this one asked to keep their identity anonymous to avoid attacks.

Releasing the whistleblower’s name is “something that dictators do,” Huntsman said. “The whole point of releasing a name is to intimidate someone, threaten someone, and to scare other people from coming out.”

“I’ve lived in China, I’ve seen that first hand, that’s not what America does, that’s not what we do. We stand by our people.”

Junior’s defense?

“I don’t think I should have to forgo my First Amendment rights.”

The First Amendment has nothing to do with this.

His other defense: he’s a “private citizen.”

That’s not exactly correct. He’s a public figure, and he’s the son of a sitting president. Responsibility comes with both.

Jr. also suggested the whistleblower was a CIA official so somehow deserved being attacked but the Trump family has been sent “white powder,” and didn’t deserve it. He wanted to know why the left was not equally outraged.

Co-host Joy Behar had the perfect response: “He asked to be anonymous. Your family did not.”

Co-host Sonny Hostin reminded Trump Jr. that outing a whistleblower is a federal crime.

Junior said it’s not.

“My law degree says it is,” Hostin responds.

Kimberly Guilfoyle then outright lied.

“The President of the United States released the transcript of exactly what happened in that phone call. The whistleblower is giving his opinion, or her opinion, of what transpired,” she claimed.

The transcript has not been released. In fact, the call summary released by the White House, which is damning as it is for the president, says it is not a transcript.

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