House Republican leadership has sent a memo to GOP members of Congress directing them to lie about right wing white supremacist gun massacres, and to call it “violence from the left.”
The memo, which The Tampa Bay Times acquired, includes talking points for congressional Republicans to parrot when speaking with reporters or constituents. It instructs them on how to address questions about gun violence, including the domestic terrorism recently perpetrated in El Paso, Texas.
If asked a question like, “Do you believe white nationalism is driving more mass shootings recently?” GOP lawmakers are being told to offer this response:
“White nationalism and racism are pure evil and cannot be tolerated in any form,” the document directs lawmakers to say, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “We also can’t excuse violence from the left such as the El Paso shooter, the recent Colorado shooters, the Congressional baseball shooter, Congresswoman Giffords’ shooter and Antifa.”
The El Paso shooting suspect who killed 22 people targeted Hispanic people specifically. He is reportedly a far right wing domestic terrorist who left a manifesto that quoted or echoed President Donald Trump multiple times.
The false claims are not only being sent to Republicans in the House, the lawmakers are sending them to their constituents.
For example, as the Tampa Bay Times notes, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis of Florida sent the false “violence from the left” claim in a newsletter to his constituents.
The House Republican leadership talking points also direct lawmakers to falsely conflate mass shootings where there was no political motivation, or an ambiguous motivation, with the left, such as the Dayton shooter.
“The GOP conference talking points ascribed other shootings as leftist violence despite ambiguous, if not contradictory, evidence,” the Tampa Bay Times explains. “The shooter that wounded U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, a Democrat, was paranoid about government and obsessed with the Arizona Congresswoman, a law enforcement investigation found. His political persuasions were mixed and did not appear to be a factor. Nor does it seem that the May shooters at a Colorado high school — both teenagers and bullied students — were motivated by politics.”
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‘This Is Not What Happened’: After Trump Melts Down About ‘Fake’ Polls Fact Checker Decimates His Lies
President Donald Trump appears to be concerned about his poll numbers. While that’s nothing new – his approval numbers are definitely the worst in U.S. history, having never broken 50%. His numbers are also on the decline, dropping six points in two months.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 10, 2019
So he’s doing what he always does: lies.
Here’s Trump lying just yesterday about his approval rating – among Republicans:
Trump completely makes stuff up, says "we just got right, ah, a little while ago, 94 percent popularity or approval rating within the Republican Party." (There is no such poll https://t.co/EzT5qmIlu6) pic.twitter.com/JgaO5YTNRx
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 9, 2019
And now, in a Tuesday Twitter meltdown Trump falsely claimed that in 2016 an “ABC/Washington Post Poll was the worst and most inaccurate poll of any taken prior to the 2016 Election. When my lawyers protested, they took a 12 point down and brought it to almost even by Election Day. It was a Fake Poll by two very bad and dangerous media outlets. Sad!”
CNN’s Daniel Dale, who for years has been fact checking every word President Trump says, declares once again Trump isn’t telling the truth.
“This is not what happened,” Dale tweets.
Apparently, Trump’s attorneys did not “protest,” and Trump even named the wrong poll.
This is not what happened.
– WaPo and ABC told me in June they do not recall a legal complaint (?) over their polls
– WaPo wasn’t involved in the ABC tracking poll that had him down 12
– Obviously no basis for the claim they fixed subsequent poll results because he complained pic.twitter.com/ziit3uKxei
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 10, 2019
The president went on to claim his own polling numbers are great.
One of the greatest and most powerful weapons used by the Fake and Corrupt News Media is the phony Polling Information they put out. Many of these polls are fixed, or worked in such a way that a certain candidate will look good or bad. Internal polling looks great, the best ever!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2019
That seems dramatically unlikely.
Here’s a screenshot from FiveThirtyEight, showing their analysis of Trump approval/disapproval polling data:
Trump May Have Broken Federal Law by Using Doctored Weather Map to Avoid Admitting He Lied About Dorian
President Donald Trump is still trying to prove his tweet claiming Alabama was in the path of Hurricane Dorian wasn’t false, and he just went to extraordinary lengths to perpetuate his lie. The only problem now: it turns out he now may have broken the law.
On Sunday Trump posted this erroneous tweet:
In addition to Florida – South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated. Looking like one of the largest hurricanes ever. Already category 5. BE CAREFUL! GOD BLESS EVERYONE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2019
After news reports pointed out that Alabama was not, in fact, in the path of Hurricane Dorian, the National Weather Service was forced to issue what amounted to a correction.
— NWS Birmingham (@NWSBirmingham) September 1, 2019
Trump went berserk.
….when in fact, under certain original scenarios, it was in fact correct that Alabama could have received some “hurt.” Always good to be prepared! But the Fake News is only interested in demeaning and belittling. Didn’t play my whole sentence or statement. Bad people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 2, 2019
Still not satisfied, Trump on Wednesday held a press event – and held up a doctored weather map supposedly from the National Weather Service – with black marker extending the path of the hurricane into Alabama.
It was an obvious fake. (NCRM has added a red arrow in the photo above to show the faked black markered area of the doctored map.)
On Twitter, many responded, including those in the know, with the fact that the President may have committed a federal crime:
This is what you want. https://t.co/rrqMQ4HAPl
— A Crime a Day (@CrimeADay) September 4, 2019
Weather expert Dennis Mersereau:
It is a violation of federal law to falsify a National Weather Service forecast and pass it off as official, as President Trump did here.
— Dennis Mersereau (@wxdam) September 4, 2019
Here’s the text of the federal code that clearly shows Trump seems to have committed a crime:
“Whoever knowingly issues or publishes any counterfeit weather forecast or warning of weather conditions falsely representing such forecast or warning to have been issued or published by the Weather Bureau, United States Signal Service, or other branch of the Government service, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ninety days, or both.”
Log Cabin Republican Burned to the Ground on Live TV for ‘Idiotic’ Op-Ed Defending Trump on LGBTQ Issues
On Saturday’s edition of “AM Joy,” former Senate aide Jimmy Williams clashed with Log Cabin Republicans spokesman Charles Moran over his Washington Post op-ed hailing President Donald Trump for supposedly taking “bold actions that benefit the LGBTQ community.”
“Since Trump became president, he’s done, established, promulgated rules, or met with virulently homophobic leaders in the White House 123 times. Not 100 times, not 23 times, 123 times,” said Williams. “In fact, yesterday, the Trump Department of Justice sent an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States saying transgendered Americans don’t have the right to not be discriminated against in the workplace. They did that yesterday! I am glad President Trump is trying to decriminalize gender hate in the United States. I cannot go and adopt a child in South Carolina, where I currently am as we speak, because the president of the United States granted a waiver to South Carolina back in January of this year saying that adoption agencies in the state can say no to gay people trying to adopt.”
“So I don’t want to hear any BS crap about the fact that the president is stemming AIDS and making homosexuality something great and wonderful, and Dorothy and the rainbow bridge across the world, when here in the States, he has declared war on the LGBTQ community,” said Williams.
“Chuck, let’s go through some of these specific things,” said host Ayman Mohyedin. “Trump opposes federal LGBTQ bill as ‘poison pills.’ The bill was introduced in March. President Trump opposes the bill that would end sexual discrimination to prevent discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. The LGBTQ community changes dramatically at state borders. In the absence of a national law, at least 20 states have enacted LGBTQ discrimination protections. You even had the CEO of the national LGBTQ advocacy group GLAD say that Trump’s opposition to the Equality Act cements the legislation as being the most anti-LGBTQ administration in recent memory. It’s hard to say this president is for LGBTQ rights when he denied that bill.”
“Well, I think it’s comical that the extreme left and the mainstream media that is trying to promulgate this Trump Derangement Syndrome of him being the most anti-LGBTQ president, when you have people like Bill Clinton who signed the Defense of Marriage Act, who signed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” said Moran. “Even people like President Bush, who pushed a federal ban on gay marriage and tried to eliminate marriage equality. This revisionist history is simply not true.”
“With all due respect — hold on, hold on, this isn’t about whataboutism,” said Mohyedin. “Answer the specifics I just laid out for you … Charles, answer the specifics about why he will not support the equality bill.”
“Because the equality bill contains a number of clauses and provisions that are violating of other areas of the Constitution, and that’s part of the problem, is the Democrats ramrodded this equality bill through without any kind of input from Republicans,” said Moran. “In some of the issues that you just addressed, in a lot of them, especially with specifically the case of the labor announcement that came out two or three days ago, the proposed rules change, again, it does nothing to actually repeal any existing protections that the LGBT community currently enjoys under the law.”
“That’s a lie.” said Mohyedin.
“It’s not a lie,” protested Moran.
“It is a lie,” said Mohyedin.
“Here’s what we’re going to do, Charles. Since you think whataboutism is okay, let’s do whataboutism,” said Williams. “What about the fact that Donald Trump, more than a decade ago was for gay marriage? Then when he was running for president, [said] on the Christian Broadcast Network, that in fact he thought Obergefell was a bad decision, that it should be left to the states, and he was going to appoint Supreme Court justices that would … handle traditional marriage in the proper way. What did he do? He appointed two Supreme Court justices that may very well do that.”
“So I don’t want to hear any of this crap about Barack Obama and George Bush and Bill Clinton and George Washington,” said Williams. “They aren’t president. This guy is president and he’s a racist, homophobic bigot, and the fact you’re supporting him is just shameful.”
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