President Donald Trump Monday morning signed a bill into law ensuring first responders to the 9/11 attacks and their families will have greatly-needed – and, thanks to GOP lawmakers who delayed the process – long awaited financial support. But his remarks to 9/11 first responders invited to witness the signing of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund in the White House’s Rose Garden has some outraged.
“I was down there [at Ground Zero] also, but I’m not considering myself a first responder, but I was down there. I spent a lot of time down there with you,” Trump claimed. His claim is false.
Trump claims without evidence to an audience that includes 9/11 first responders: "I was down there [at Ground Zero] also, but I'm not considering myself a first responder, but I was down there. I spent a lot of time down there with you."
Via CBS pic.twitter.com/SbPuKbDwxt
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 29, 2019
It’s not the first time Trump has told this lie.
“Everyone who helped clear the rubble — and I was there, and I watched, and I helped a little bit — but I want to tell you: Those people were amazing,” he said, as Mediaite reminded Monday. “Clearing the rubble. Trying to find additional lives. You didn’t know what was going to come down on all of us — and they handled it.”
Trump, as many on social media were quick to point out, called in to New Jersey radio station WWOR on the afternoon of the 9/11 terror attacks to claim – falsely – that he now owned the tallest building in downtown Manhattan. It was a lie.
Some responses to Trump’s lies:
Trump keeps exploiting 9/11 https://t.co/Ot3NsqLdcs
— Andrew Kimmel (@andrewkimmel) July 29, 2019
— Dean Lopata 🤨 (@DLoIndustries) July 29, 2019
@realDonaldTrump So, you were helping the 1st responders on 9/11? That is so like you–a brave man, going in there bone spurs and all. You are now beyond delusional and dementia–you are flat out a lying sack of shit who needs to be locked up for the rest of your pathetic life!
— Joel W. Arnold (@JungleJA) July 29, 2019
— Lindsay Moon (@MoonMoonlj) July 29, 2019
Trump was not "down there" during 9/11 with first responders, and the only role he played was bragging on TV that he now had the biggest building in NY once the towers fell. Oh and lying about how American Muslims reacted to 9/11. https://t.co/5ZMyudJG4l
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 29, 2019
He is not mentally fit. What is the point of him lying about this? His narcissism is too malignant for him to continue. Can the Republicans AT LEAST say lying about being at 9/11 is too much? This isn't Trump "fighting back against the libs" – This is sick dishonesty. https://t.co/Po1YOlN6zZ
— Smart With Money (@swmplanning) July 29, 2019
Trump: I don't consider myself a 9/11 first responder. But I was kinda a 9/11 first responder. pic.twitter.com/NXh0KgumYA
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) July 29, 2019
it’s nice to see we’re finally recognizing the real victim of 9/11 https://t.co/klctZ1k5l5
— kilgore trout’s mom (@KT_So_It_Goes) July 29, 2019
there's a lot of awful trump phrases for a lot of reasons. but trying to claim he's akin to a 9/11 first responder has been one of the worst. pic.twitter.com/wTT4MHMldN
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) July 29, 2019
"I spent a lot of time down there with you," he says to 9/11 first responders.
Can you imagine what would happen if a Democratic president lied so blatantly about taking part in the grueling work at Ground Zero? https://t.co/HDqg7wwo7p
— Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) July 29, 2019
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‘Unhinged’: Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw Mocked for Calling Companies Opposing Voter Suppression ‘Fascism’
Republican U.S. Congressman Dan Crenshaw of Texas is getting roundly criticized and mocked after attacking the growing number of major corporations publicly opposing voter suppression laws, like Georgia’s, and calling their statements and actions “fascism.”
Republicans increasingly are tossing around terms like “socialism,” “communism,” “cancel culture,” and “fascism” without using them properly or even, as some on social media charged Crenshaw with, not even knowing what they actually mean.
Dictionary.com defines fascism as “a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.”
Elements of that sound far more like former President Donald Trump than companies speaking out against anti-democracy laws.
On Fox News Wednesday night Crenshaw claimed these companies are “venturing into territory that they don’t understand, that they that they don’t know that they know nothing about.”
These companies, from Major League Baseball to Delta to Coca Cola, and more, are denouncing voter suppression, and they have very large legal teams to help them understand these laws.
“In an attempt to what – this is what I call the phenomenon that that’s going on, it’s it’s progressive fascism, because what is fascism?” Crenshaw asks. “Well, it’s the it’s the it’s the regimentation of the economy, of society, and it’s the forced suppression of of your opposition. That’s what’s happening right now. The Democrats have successfully captivated the institutions, you know, pop culture, Hollywood, our education institutions and now our corporations into their own woke agenda,” Crenshaw charges.
“This is fascism, right, and they use cancel culture as a tool to impose their fascism on us, and so they’re always using this in these anti this ‘Anti Fascist’ labeling against the right, but they’re the ones who actually engage in the tactics and it’s time we expose that. That’s really what’s happening here and we should see it for what it is.”
GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw compares corporations criticizing Republicans’ voting restrictions to “fascism.” pic.twitter.com/f9ggouQ8ne
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) April 8, 2021
Many disagree with Crenshaw’s claims, and mocked his lack of understanding and ignorance about society and the right – and the duty – these companies have to criticize unjust laws.
Everything is fascism to Crenshaw & his ilk – except the actual fascism they share seating with.
— Adam Henry Carrière (@CarriereHenry) April 8, 2021
Dan Crenshaw thinks cancel cultural is fascism. https://t.co/ofp6ckqOOJ
— Jake A Snider, Esq. 🇺🇸🧢 (@JakeASnider1) April 8, 2021
Dan Crenshaw uses the term ‘fascism’ like others within his party use ‘socialism’ and ‘communism’. None of them have a clue what these terms actually mean.
They’re simply angry that the world has evolved past them, leaving them in their bigoted boggy mire. https://t.co/aPff54nrOj
— Bryan 🇺🇸 (@swimmerbr78) April 8, 2021
Does Dan Crenshaw know what fascism is?
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) April 8, 2021
“My name is Dan Crenshaw, and I don’t know what the word ‘Fascism’ means.”
— Max Burbank (@max_burbank) April 8, 2021
Fascism doesn’t mean what Dan Crenshaw thinks it means. He might want to look up the definition of terms, before he uses them. Fascism is much more akin to the agenda as manifested by the previous guy, and Crenshaw himself. https://t.co/OOrYmpJXhB
— M’Lynn Hartwell 🏳️🌈🎼 (@mlynn_hartwell) April 8, 2021
This is unhinged. https://t.co/3HYYJoOv2E
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) April 8, 2021
Dan Crenshaw couldn’t pass a 4th grade history class. He thinks his tag words woke, cancel, fascism on his sound bites for FOX News makes his sound cool. It shows his ignorance. He is a disappointment, his state and family are so ashamed. The great state of Texas deserves better.
— Danielle Candela (@DanielleCandela) April 8, 2021
@DanCrenshawTX either doesn’t know what the word fascism means or, more likely, just knows that FoxNews viewers don’t know the definition of fascism. It’s just a buzzword evoking a boogeyman.
Crenshaw also screams “cancel culture” while Trump demands boycotts of US companies.🙄
— Only The Truth (@TantumVero) April 8, 2021
Fascism is a far-right form of government in which most of the country’s power is held by one ruler and nationalism is promoted at all costs…
Who in recent history does that remind you of and how often did Crenshaw support that guy? 🤔 https://t.co/ZagQAR7AOC
— Alexander Marks (@AlexMarksNV) April 8, 2021
Fuck you, Dan Crenshaw. Fascism is limiting the voice of the body politic.
Instead of suppressing the vote…why not earn it? If your policy is costing you votes…maybe you should examine your policy. https://t.co/t7vQz4EtsW
— Legbreaker (@Legbreaker4) April 8, 2021
Meaning: A political philosophy that exalts nation and often race above the individual. An authoritarian & nationalistic right-wing system of Government.
Poor Rep. Crenshaw seems confused. He thinks the “Democrats” act like Facists.
— Karen Farber (@Farbeka) April 8, 2021
Republicans pass a law. Private companies don’t like the law, so they speak out against it. Republicans cry “fascism.” https://t.co/xGqxb64GpO
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) April 8, 2021
NBC White House Correspondent Says Gun Safety and Voting Rights Are ‘Far-Left Issues’
NBC White House correspondent Shannon Pettypiece this week asserted that gun safety reform and voting rights are “far-left issues.”
Pettypiece made the remark during a discussion on MSNBC about Democrats’ efforts to move voting rights legislation forward.
According to the reporter, White House officials are “spending a fair amount of time on outreach to Joe Manchin.”
“What’s an issue that a moderate Democrat like Joe Manchin would like? Infrastructure,” she observed. “So, you know, the White House is not moving hard into these far-left issues.”
“Certainly, they say they support the Voting Rights Act,” Pettypiece continued. “Certainly they say they would like to see gun reform legislation but are they heavily engaging to get those items next on Congress’s agenda? Not necessarily at this point.”
“It seems from what I’m told that President Biden’s instincts might be closer to to Joe Manchin’s than they are other members in the Democratic Party at this point,” she added.
Watch the video below from MSNBC.
Grassley Attacks LGBTQ Equality Act: ‘My Guide Is From the Bible’ – This Bill Would ‘Fundamentally Manipulate’ Society
Judiciary Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) denounced the LGBTQ Equality Act during his opening remarks, making numerous false and inflammatory remarks during Wednesday’s hearing on the legislation that in various forms has been filed in nearly every Congress since the 1970’s.
Grassley, an elder statesman who serves as the President pro tempore emeritus of the United States Senate, wasted no time attacking the bill, saying it would “fundamentally manipulate how our society deals with subjects of sex, gender and faith.”
He also said he “strongly suspects” the legislation “would dictate what women, schools, churches, and doctors must believe.”
During his remarks he also pointedly referred to transgender girls as “biological men.” While promoting anti-trans talking point he mentioned a cisgender teenaged girl student athlete who “has been forced to compete against biological men.”
Sen. Grassley brings up ADF’s Connecticut client Chelsea Mitchell — right-wing media’s favorite (and one of their only) case of trans athletes winning in which much of their fight to stop trans equality is based on pic.twitter.com/rLqk30VBQ2
— Brennan Suen (@brennansuen) March 17, 2021
Sen. Grassley concluded the Equality Act is unnecessary, saying that other laws can be constructed if necessary, but he thinks everyone should treat everyone with respect, and follow the teachings of the Bible.
“Now we all agree that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of race, sex, gender identity, religion, politics, and probably a lot of other categories that you can name,” Grassley told the committee. “We’re all human beings and need to treat each other with kindness and compassion. And for some of you it may be sentimental for me to say that my guide is from the Bible, love God, that first law. The second law, love your neighbor as yourself. I question whether that is what this bill truly does. I strongly suspect that it actually would dictate what women, girls, schools, churches, doctors, and others must believe.”
Watch this short clip of as portion of Sen. Grassley’s remarks:
EQUALITY ACT: Sen. Chuck Grassley expresses opposition to the Equality Act, stating: “My guide is from the Bible – ‘Love God,’ that first law, the second law, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ I question whether that is what this bill truly does.” pic.twitter.com/qOwZWBbofq
— Forbes (@Forbes) March 17, 2021
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