Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is under fire for attacking Democrats with lies in an attempt to defend President Donald Trump – a strategy some say she is employing to get Trump to see her as a replacement for Vice President Mike Pence on the 2020 ticket.
Monday night Haley went on Fox News to deliver what some journalists are calling “categorically false” and “ridiculous, inflammatory and dangerous” remarks.
Haley told Fox News viewers – which includes President Trump – that the “only ones mourning the loss of Soleimani are our Democrat leadership and Democrat Presidential candidates.”
And she even posted the clip of her remarks herself:
“The only ones mourning the loss of Soleimani are our Democrat leadership and Democrat Presidential candidates.” pic.twitter.com/IZJJqpxkBE
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) January 7, 2020
That is false – no one in Democratic leadership and no Democrat Presidential candidate is “mourning the loss of Soleimani.” What Democrats are disturbed by is the questionable legality of an assassination of a foreign government official, and the process by which Trump made the decision to order the killing of Soleimani – without calculating the consequences, which are now disastrously unfolding.
Many are responding, angry about Haley lying, and noting she has ruined her reputation as a moderate Republican who might have had a chance in 2024.
This kind of statement is ridiculous, inflammatory and dangerous. Rather than inform viewers, Ambassador Haley wants to divide Americans. Geez us. https://t.co/eVxbGcvRbu
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) January 7, 2020
This is categorically false.
The former Governor of South Caroline, former Ambassador to the United Nations & current member of the board of directors of Boeing Corporation – on television saying something she absolutely knows is untrue https://t.co/59WS0qObfo
— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) January 7, 2020
demagogically false https://t.co/l6lVmxqo3s
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) January 7, 2020
we’re used to nikki haley saying whatever needs to be said to stay relevant, but this is an absolutely face-melting take. she really says “no one else in the world” is sad about soleimani. did she miss the giant street funeral? in iran? that was not attended by democrats? pic.twitter.com/uK2dBMUj9z
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) January 7, 2020
It’s lies like these from Nikki Haley which confirm that the entire GOP is as bad as serial liar Trump. There are NO “good” Republicans. All of them have embraced Trump’s bigotry, racism, Sexism and non-stop lying. #TrumpTraitors https://t.co/ZUNbCw3x6V
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) January 7, 2020
Lacking any rationale for timing & location of assassination (which as been obviously terrible for US), Trump sycophants resorting to saying that anyone who questions them loves Iran. Pathetic that this is what @NikkiHaley thinks demonstrates her leadership in our time of need.
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) January 7, 2020
Nikki Haley was whitewashing the racism of confederate symbols in order to appease white bigots a few weeks ago, so I can’t say that I’m surprised that she’s on television making up lies about a serious situation in Iran.
Republicans all need kept from public office.
— Tony Stark 2020 💥⎊ (@1IronMan2020) January 7, 2020
Name a single Democratic candidate for president who is “mourning the loss of Soleimsnk.” Go ahead. I’ll wait.
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) January 7, 2020
“Democrats love terrorists! Oh yeaaaah! Drink my Kool-Aid baby!” – the new Nikki Haley pic.twitter.com/DCWZGko6St
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) January 7, 2020
Want to know why Nikki Haley is so supportive of the administrations current reckless actions in the region?
She sits on the board of Boeing, a weapons manufacturer that will profit billions of dollars from another war in the region. https://t.co/UsTHWq1XVY
— Ahmad Alkaabi (@alkaabimi) January 7, 2020
Sad, Nikki Haley could have had influenced me to go back to the GOP, but that Party is long, long dead to me now.
— Karl_P (@kphar) January 7, 2020
Nikki Haley happy to lie in order to kill tens of thousands of Americans in a war of choice against Iran https://t.co/hk1xH5YffA
— Adam Blickstein (@AdamBlickstein) January 7, 2020
What a crazy irresponsible stupid fucking lie.
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) January 7, 2020
Later, when Haley pretends not to have been part of the shameless lying of the Trump era, remember that she was.
— Will Saletan (@saletan) January 7, 2020
I’m impressed that Haley managed to leave the administration with her reputation mostly-intact and has since done her absolute best to ruin it anyway. https://t.co/v1AW8p8Q1i
— Angry Staffer (@AngrierWHStaff) January 7, 2020
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‘For What?’: Defiant Lindsey Graham Insists He Has Nothing to Apologize for After Months of Election Lies
“I’m not going to apologize for anything”
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham insists he and the GOP have nothing to apologize for, and is lambasting Democrats who think they do. The South Carolina Republican who was now-former President Donald Trump’s top supporter, defender, and confidant in the Senate was asked if he thinks he should apologize now that the nation has a new president.
“For what?” the defiant Graham, who has held public office for nearly three decades, repeatedly asked CBS News’ Marge Brennan.
“Is there an apology for the broader misconception, the lies you talked about?” Brennan politely pressed, not spelling out that Graham for months spread lies about the 2020 election.
“I mean, do you all need to issue an apology for trying to destroy President Trump’s presidency from day one?” Graham, scoffing at the mere suggestion he had done anything wrong, replied.
“I don’t think so,” he added, suggesting again he had nothing to apologize for.
Graham said the “bottom line” is he “called the Secretary of State to find out how you could verify signatures,” something he, as a Senator from South Carolina, had no business doing.
“I’m not going to apologize for anything,” he continued, saying he wants to “look forward” and “heal the nation” by working on infrastructure and immigration.
“Starting this presidency with the idea that somebody needs to apologize probably doesn’t move us forward,” Graham said.
In reality, the Georgia official Senator Graham called tells a different, far more devious, and possibly criminal story.
Graham has been accused of trying to interfere in the Georgia election, after he called that state’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, who said he was “stunned” after receiving the call. He added he felt Graham was suggesting he “look hard and see how many ballots you could throw out.”
A former U.S. Attorney has asked the Georgia State Election Board to investigate, Forbes has reported.
Watch Sen. Graham:
If you were waiting on an apology from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), don’t hold your breath:
“I’m not gonna apologize for anything … Starting this presidency with the idea that somebody needs to apologize probably doesn’t move us forward.” pic.twitter.com/hJnS5nLV5Q
— The Recount (@therecount) January 20, 2021
‘Poison’: Top Trump Advisor Slammed for ‘Inciting Insurrection’ on Fox News the Morning After President Impeached
“Pouring gas and lighting fires”
Peter Navarro, the far right extremist who has become one of President Donald Trump’s top White House advisors, is being excoriated for “inciting insurrection the morning after Trump was impeached,” after he peddled dangerous lies on Fox News Thursday morning (video below).
“The Democratic Party did violence to this country by attacking a president who I believe was legally elected on November 3,” Navarro told Fox News Business’ Maria Bartiromo, a top Trump devotee. “If the election were held today he’d be elected again.”
Navarro is technically Trump’s Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, but has taken a role as top Trump defender in the administration.
Both his remarks are false.
“I’ve never been more pissed off at this place and I think there are 74 million Americans out there who voted for President Trump who feel exactly the same way,” Navarro added, ignoring that there are 81 million Americans who voted for Joe Biden.
“I would say to these people on Capitol Hill knock it off, stop this, let the man leave peacefully, with his dignity, he was the greatest jobs president, the greatest trade negotiator we’ve ever had,” Navarro added, all of which is provably false. In fact, during the segment the chyron flashed another disastrous jobs report.
Bartiromo, who did not fact-check or offer any push back, added, “we know there were irregularities in this election.”
Any “irregularities,” if they even exist, were inconsequential, according to the 90 judges who tossed out more than 60 cases filed by Trump, his campaign, and his supporters.
“We know that 70 percent of Trump supporters say that this was rigged,” she added, again ignoring that no facts support the lie that the election was rigged.
“This feels more like Communist China than it does America,” Bartiromo claimed, decrying the crackdown on extremism by multiple social media platforms – extremism that contributed to a violent, armed, deadly insurrection last week.
Peter Navarro: “The Democratic Party did violence to this country by attacking a president who I believe was legally elected on November 3,” “74 million Americans out there” are “pissed off” like him.
Maria Bartiromo: “We know that there were irregularities in this election.” pic.twitter.com/NFqdKQTjFK
— Eric Kleefeld (@EricKleefeld) January 14, 2021
Many on social media expressed outrage at both Navarro and Bartiromo.
Hey @RealPNavarro a cop died and many others were sent to the hospital. The national guard’s deployed, fortifying the national Capitol cause it was attacked by violent people looking to overthrow trump’s loss because of your Big Lie. Also the economy sucks https://t.co/w5Um22xFPX
— Luke Zaleski (@ZaleskiLuke) January 14, 2021
If you put Peter Navarro on TV, you're delivering poison. He's never spoken without lying (including about economics). https://t.co/VQBmvgAKPT
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) January 14, 2021
Love how @RealPNavarro just wants Democrats to let trump “leave in peace” after trump sent people to the Capitol who attacked them to try to stop his election loss from being certified. It’s too late for trump to leave in peace because people died in the violent coup attempt Pete
— Luke Zaleski (@ZaleskiLuke) January 14, 2021
TODAY, Trump trade adviser Navarro continues the assault on fact, math, judgment of the courts (meaning continues assault on the American way), calls impeachment "attacking a president who I believe was legally elected on November 3." unchallenged by Fox business anchor. #sad
— John King (@JohnKingCNN) January 14, 2021
The United States Presidency is a fully operational openly anti-American disinformation network running all day every day with the full intention of creating chaos and confusion and overturning a legitimate election and the rule of law and the American government for one sick man
— Luke Zaleski (@ZaleskiLuke) January 14, 2021
Peter Navarro and Maria Bartiromo.
Remember their names the next time theirs Trumpian/Insurrectionist violence anywhere.
They're still out there. Pouring gas and lighting fires. https://t.co/Xl7uVqP8uQ
— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) January 14, 2021
When is @Foxnews investigated for inciting violence? Its toxic mix of lies & demonization of Democrats fueled the Capitol attack. And Murdoch apparently wants more blood & radicalization. Peter Navarro is STILL pushing Trump’s Big election Lie & insanely blames Dems for violence. https://t.co/D1grY60voY
— Paula Chertok🗽 (@PaulaChertok) January 14, 2021
Kayleigh McEnany: ‘God Had Planned for Me’ to Be Trump’s White House Press Secretary
“God put me in this position, at this moment in time, for a reason.”
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says it was God’s plan for her to be President Donald Trump’s White House press secretary.
In a glowing Fox News interview, McEnany uses the word “God” several times – including saying that God’s plan was for her to be Trump’s press secretary.
“God had a clear and definite plan for my life, and he put me on this journey in media and politics for a reason,” the 32-year old former Fox News employee told the conservative media outlet.
“I knew that God put me in this position, at this moment in time, for a reason,” McEnany added. “I recall both a former Democrat colleague at CNN as well as my Dad telling me you come into your position ‘for such a time as this’– words from the book of Esther, a book that my hometown church ironically did a series on during my time here at the White House.”
“I tell you this to emphasize I approached this position with a sense of responsibility to live up to the task God had planned for me.”
“You will have struggles, hardship and seemingly insurmountable challenges,” McEnany said, talking about balancing family and career, adding, “know you can overcome through faith and that God has a path for you if you trust Him and follow it.”
She also blasted the press for challenging the administration instead of doing their job the way she thinks they should: being stenographers for the administration.
After the White House press pool tired of the lies they were fed by McEnany’s predecessors in the Trump administration, on her first day at the podium they asked her if she would ever lie to them. She promised she would not. By the end of her first briefing she broke that promise.
Despite – or perhaps because of – her belief that being Trump’s press secretary is God’s plan, McEnany has continued to lie to the press and to the American people so frequently there are countless articles written about her falsehoods and half-truths.
She tells Fox News her briefing the press, which has all but disappeared now that she is also working for the Trump campaign, “always stands out to me as an example of the difference between the media’s sensationalism and the type of substance the American people deserve.”
And she continued to blast reporters, whom she attacks frequently in her press briefings.
“Some journalists, not all, are driven so much by scorn for the president, to the point of really interfering with, what I believe, their duties are, which is to convey information given to them by the administration to the American people.”
The “duties” of the press, contrary to McEnany’s claim, are not to “convey information given to them by the administration to the American people.” The duties of the press are to report truth. Especially when an administration lies daily, the press has a responsibility to say what is a lie and what is the truth.
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