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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Donald Trump Jr. Spreads Debunked Conspiracy Theory: Former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch Was ‘Monitoring’ Me
Donald Trump Jr. is making a wild accusation: former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was “monitoring” him.
Dan Bongino, a conspiracy theory spreading Trump sycophant, took to Twitter Wednesday to falsely claim: “Why was Marie Yovanovitch monitoring me, and others, when we began exposing her role in the Ukrainian collusion scandal with the Obama administration and the Democrats? Has she truthfully answered that question yet?”
There is no Ukrainian collusion scandal with the Obama administration and the Democrats.
The president’s eldest son chimed in to spread the false narrative and to also attack Yovanovitch, claiming, “She was doing the same to me apparently and other private citizens. Media wouldn’t cover a rogue Ambasador monitoring American citizens.” (Typo is Jr’s.)
She was doing the same to me apparently and other private citizens. Media wouldn’t cover a rogue Ambasador monitoring American citizens… I wonder why??? https://t.co/BvSVJE6wfw
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 16, 2020
But Trump Jr’s claim was long ago debunked.
“Trump’s media allies have latched onto their most ridiculous claim yet,” The Daily Beast reported in October, in an article titled, “Pro-Trump ‘Enemies List’ Smear Flops.”
This comes directly after bombshell – and credible – evidence apparently shows that Yovanovitch’s every movement was being tracked, and even after stunning text messages between former Giuliani henchman Lev Parnas and a Trump donor were revealed. Those texts appear as threats to Yovanovitch, as MSNBC’s Chris Hayes noted:
But the whole thing feels extremely menacing and threatening and maybe sheds some light on why Yovanovitch herself experienced this period as full of menace and threats.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 15, 2020
House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel on Wednesday announced he is investigating the alleged, jaw-dropping threats against Ambassador Yovanovitch.
Group of Vulnerable House Democrats Are Trying to Censure – and Not Impeach – President Trump
Despite all the likely illegal acts President Donald Trump has committed, despite the high crimes and misdemeanors he is being charged with – a list that in reality could have been exponentially larger – a small group of vulnerable House Democrats is actually trying to block the impeachment of this president and instead vote to censure him.
Calling it a “longshot idea,” Politico reports nearly all of the small group of Democrats serve in districts won by Trump in 2016. They are willing to do the wrong thing to keep their seats.
“The group of about 10 lawmakers included Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.), and Ben McAdams (D-Utah.),” Politico reports.
“I think it’s certainly appropriate and might be a little more bipartisan, who knows,” Rep. Schrader said Tuesday.
Democrats can afford to lose up to 18 votes and still pass the Articles of Impeachment, so the five to ten Democrats floating censure over impeachment won’t be able to block the historic vote, but it does call into question if they’re putting their jobs over their clear duty to their country.
There are also two House Democrats who will not vote to impeach Trump: Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.).
Image of Rep. Gottheimer: New Jersey National Guard photo by Mark C. Olsen via Flickr
Trump Tweets Comments From ‘Fox & Friends’ Contributor Who Right Now Is Getting Mocked for His ‘Stupid’ Remarks
As he does nearly every day, President Donald Trump spent his “executive time” on Wednesday watching his favorite TV show, “Fox & Friends.” And as he does many mornings he tweeted out “quotes” (far from exact) from “Fox & Friends” that he likes.
Wednesday morning, less than two hours before the open impeachment hearings will begin, also on television, the president tweeted out comments from a Fox News contributor who right now is being mocked on social media for those comments, which what some say are “stupid” remarks.
Charles Hurt bragged on “Fox & Friends” that he doesn’t know what language “quid pro quo” is. He called the Latin term, and the word “bribery,” “squirrelly words.” He also wrongly suggested that attempted crimes are not crimes (they are) and that Democrats are unable to prove Trump “did anything particularly wrong,” which is also false.
As NCRM reported, many on social media mocked or derided Hurt, who is also an opinion editor for the right wing Washington Times, and a contributor to the far right wing website Breitbart.
Here’s Trump quoting Hurt:
“Nancy Pelosi cares more about power than she does about principle. She did not want to go down this road. She realizes this is a huge loser for Democrats. The Founders envisioned the worst people being in politics, yet they couldn’t envision this. You have these people taking…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2019
….any laws or did anything wrong, and they have to move away from quid pro quo because there was no quid, and there was no quo. Ukraine got it’s money (3 weeks early), and there was no investigation.” @CharlesHurt @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2019
Hurt’s defense of Trump doesn’t hold water, but Trump apparently felt it does.
They are both wrong.
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