After three days of House impeachment managers’ brilliant prosecution of President Donald Trump – and “prebuttal” of the arguments the president’s team was expected to make – White House attorneys Saturday morning began their defense of President Trump.
It’s not going well.
Deputy White House Counsel Mike Purpura (photo) has been making the majority of today’s arguments – they have decided that not enough people will be watching on TV so Saturday’s defense will last not eight but just two hours.
Purpura is not doing a good job – unless his job is to lie to U.S. Senators and the American people.
Republican Senators are likely glad to hear yet again the lies spread on Fox News by the White House and its allies, but the American people know better. They know they are lies, and they were only too happy to discredit and debunk them in real time moments after Purpura uttered them on the Senate floor.
It doesn’t take an expert (or a blue check mark from Twitter) to understand facts in this case. In fact, the House’s delay in transmitting the Articles of Impeachment gave the American people more time to digest what they had learned during the impeachment inquiry.
And the American people are very well versed in what facts are – and what the facts in this case are. The president’s attorneys think they can gaslight the America people. Clearly they are wrong.
Take a look.
Dear Mike Purpura. It was not an actual transcript. That’s what Trump called it. You sir, are already lying.
— Mama Tried Honey (@MamaTriedHoney) January 25, 2020
FACT CHECK: Trump’s Impeachment Lawyer CAUGHT Lying to The US Senate Today. Mike Purpura said: Trump Released The TRANSCRIPT of His July 25th Phone Call with President Zelinsky… FALSE… Trump Has NOT… It’s Hidden in a Secret Server in the White House. https://t.co/n1C4AsGkBu
— Gregory Laan (@GregoryLaan) January 25, 2020
Purpura is once again lying about the public record.
The public record clearly shows that Ukraine did know aid was being withheld as early as late July: https://t.co/PNdq50W3Ue
— The Moscow Project (@moscow_project) January 25, 2020
Just to help out my Senator, Purpura is lying about Ukraine not knowing about the hold on the aid until late August, they knew it weeks before that. @senrobportman
— リチャード！ (@RichardGJP) January 25, 2020
— Conrad Sieber (@conrad1058) January 25, 2020
They did discuss European burden- sharing and the lack of proof it was a part of the cause. @patcipollone was lying. And Mike Purpura, is lying now it was testified UA checked on the same day of the Ukrainian call.
Here’s what European embassies had to say ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/cLx2wAz2tj
— 𝔗𝔯𝔞𝔳𝔞𝔫𝔡𝔢𝔯 𝔅𝔲𝔯𝔰𝔢⚖️ (@TravanderBurse) January 25, 2020
Mike Purpura claims Trump was concerned with corruption in Ukraine. Lie!https://t.co/M5A3RoSPqq
— Love Humanity (@LoveHumanity68) January 25, 2020
Lying, twisting truth, not showing real evidence andbhsing selected video clips of the House Hearings Mike Purpura cynically states that “Ukraine was not even aware of the (illegal) retention of the security aid” until was published an article in Politico, in August. pic.twitter.com/miNNDbrvME
— Gregorio Meraz (@GregorioMeraz1) January 25, 2020
They are lying again. Mike Purpura is saying they should get a gold star for declassifying a call transcript and releasing it when it shouldn’t have been classified in the first place. We live in a republic and the people have a right to know what their government is doing
— angelavigil (@angelavigil) January 25, 2020
Purpura is lying. He selectively played testimony of witnesses who did not have knowledge of Ukraine’s early queries on the aid hold. He will not play the testimony of DoD’s Laura Cooper, who testified that Ukrainians were asking about the delay ON THE DAY OF THE 7/25 CALL.
— Pádraig Ó Séaġḋa (@poshea) January 25, 2020
Hey Michael Purpura! So funny starting with the parody! Schiff called it didn’t he! Then attacking the republicans own house process that they used during Clinton impeachment. By the way, Sondland linked security assistance and meeting directly to Trump! So you’re lying!!!!
— Laurie Evans (@leraborg) January 25, 2020
Now Purpura is lying about Germany’s contribution of aid to Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/lRGfmYyDTt
— John Swinford (@AG2Pearl) January 25, 2020
Ukraine KNEW of the aid freeze in JULY, says ex-top official in Kyiv. So, Purpura is LYING AGAIN. https://t.co/fa15jsdmKV
— Wiseronenow~~#AYFKM Kinda Day (@Wiseronenow) January 25, 2020
It’s not a transcript purpura, it’s merely a call summary. Stop lying.
— 🟩 ◄ CD ► 🟩 (@Cynthia__Duke) January 25, 2020
— Crime Watch (@CrimeWa40534906) January 25, 2020
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One Month Ago Today Trump Said US Coronavirus Cases Would Soon Be ‘Close to Zero’ – We Just Beat China for the Most Cases
It was exactly one month ago today, February 26, that President Donald Trump proclaimed the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. would soon drop from 15 to almost none. Today, the U.S. beat China (and Italy, and every other country) for number of coronavirus cases.
Back in February, taking the opportunity to pat himself on the back, Trump told reporters that “when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.”
One month ago today… pic.twitter.com/QwbikJ7gCy
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) March 26, 2020
The number of cases did not drop, in fact, they rose. Exponentially.
Perhaps ironically, the United States today reached that new, horrific milestone, exactly one month after President Trump’s prognostication of “close to zero” cases “within a couple of days.”
The stunning news just broke.
“There were 82,404 confirmed cases throughout the country, which is 622 more than China, where the outbreak began,” ABC News reports. “The total number of deaths from the virus in the country was 1,178.”
China is a nation of more than 1.4 billion people. The U.S. has just under 330 million.
— Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) March 26, 2020
GOP’s Coronavirus Bill Offers Billions in Gov’t. Loans – But Bans Nonprofits Likely Catering to Low-Income People
Senate Democrats and Republicans are locked in a battle over the latest coronavirus economic rescue package, but what each party is fighting for reveals what is at the center of their universes.
Democrats are focused on getting money into the hands of the poor and those displaced by “stay at home,” “shelter in place,” and other work stoppages vital to helping halt the pandemic.
Republicans are focused on bailouts and secret slush funds for their corporate BFFs.
Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner, now an NBC News and MSNBC legal analyst, makes clear what the GOP’s motivation is – and goes so far as to call it “graft.”
Why might Republicans be using the Coronavirus as cover to funnel billions to corporations? That’s an easy one: Republicans are about to lose power, big time. So they’re buying insurance policies w/corporate America so they can land positions as lobbyists & board members. #graft https://t.co/nctfsN63X4
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) March 22, 2020
And now we learn the GOP is once again waging war against the poor during a time that their lives are hardest hit. And they’re serving two of their masters by using their coronavirus package to wage a culture war as well.
The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent writes there’s a “hidden” provision “in the massive stimulus bill, which was drafted by Senate Republicans.”
The GOP bill offers $350 billion in small business loans to businesses if they don’t lay off their workers.
But there’s a catch.
Those loans exclude “nonprofits receiving Medicaid expenditures.” In other words, organizations like Planned Parenthood.
If that weren’t bad enough (it is – Planned Parenthood is vital now more than ever) it goes further than that, as Sargent reveals.
“Democratic aides believe this language would exclude from eligibility for this funding a big range of other nonprofits that get Medicaid funding, such as home and community-based disability providers; community-based nursing homes, mental health providers and health centers; group homes for the disabled; and even rape crisis centers.”
The legislation, if passed as is, could harm tens of millions of people, according to Mara Youdelman, the managing attorney of the National Health Law Program’s D.C. office.
“We should be doing everything possible to keep them in businesses, both to help manage the pandemic and to keep people needing routine care healthy and out of overwhelmed hospitals,” Youdelman told Sargent.
‘When Is the National Day of Science?’: Trump Blasted After Spreading Lies Then Declaring ‘Today Is a National Day of Prayer’
President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed is a more accurate reflection of his positions and beliefs than his White House press briefings. Since the very beginning of the coronavirus crisis the President has made clear he doesn’t believe it is a crisis, has worked to minimize the amount of testing that can be done, and worked to spread falsehoods and outright lies in an attempt to make Americans believe the pandemic is not a massive health emergency. It is.
So perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that Sunday morning Trump kicked off the day with a lie. He retweeted this absolutely false claim by his re-election campaign’s national press secretary. No legitimate health expert would oppose testing as many people as possible to help slow the spread of coronavirus, if there were enough tests. But the Trump administration made sure there aren’t.
Thank you! https://t.co/fVGdP2Vxt8
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2020
But McEnay’s tweet isn’t just bluster, it’s a lie.
There are not one million or four million coronavirus tests available, that can be processed. There are tests that don’t work, there are tests the CDC created, sent out, then directed the medical community to not use because they are invalid. Bottom line: The U.S. has reportedly performed less than 20,000 tests as of Saturday.
Closing up the shop for the night. We’re showing 19,066 tests. 2,182 positives. Here are the four states with the largest known outbreaks: WA, NY, CA, MA. pic.twitter.com/LrCchHRS3V
— The COVID Tracking Project (@COVID19Tracking) March 14, 2020
Trump’s next tweet showed what he actually cares about:
Thank you Sara. Keep writing, great talent! https://t.co/ZMYHzicBcR
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2020
Then he shared this lie. Student loan interest is not being waived, as The New York Times reports. Student loans still have to be paid, and even the amount due isn’t changing. The only difference is the amount of the payment will now, temporarily, be applied to the principal – the amount borrowed – and not to pay off interest accrued. One caveat:
“When borrowers pause their monthly payments because of a hardship — a status known as forbearance — the interest normally continues to pile up until they can start paying again,” the Times notes. “Now, no interest will accrue as long as the waiver is in effect. This is true both for people already in forbearance and for those who may be soon.”
Trump posted several tweets praising Trump, then this one showing the right wing war against Hillary Clinton is thriving:
Great Job by Judicial Watch. Potentially a treasure trove. Too bad you are not given more help, but it will all work out! https://t.co/rTYq9YCj2Q
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2020
And then, finally, this atrocity:
TODAY IS A NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER. GOD BLESS EVERYONE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2020
Given the coronavirus crisis, the intentional mishandling of the pandemic by President Trump, his administration’s daily inept actions making the disaster even worse, and Trump’s politicization of, well, everything, many were furious when he spewed lies, threw partisan grenades, then tried to hide behind a shield of religion – one that he himself constructed.
When is the National Day of Science?
— Tom Mullaly (@wagefreedom) March 15, 2020
When is National Day of COVID-19 Testing?
— Chris Strider (@stridinstrider) March 15, 2020
How about national day of SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND FUCKIN STATE. I’m a christian and this still angers me. You are not a religious leader, but the leader of a country NOT run by religion. DO YOUR JOB and stop inciting separation of the people during a pandemic. https://t.co/Xnql5lVY7c
— Tori Rito (@torilynne4) March 15, 2020
I’d rather some leadership and responsibility…. https://t.co/jgztdTfU4X
— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) March 15, 2020
He sent this tweet 4 minutes after one about Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Yes, pray. https://t.co/4oYd6agsQy
— Jackie Calmes (@jackiekcalmes) March 15, 2020
National Day of Science, Reason and Informed Decision-Making still yet to be scheduled. https://t.co/Fm1mOPkbC5
— Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) March 15, 2020
I don’t like people who use their faith to do things they shouldn’t do. Remember when you said that, like a month ago? https://t.co/w5q41urssX
— TLC_Painting (@painting_tlc) March 15, 2020
What about a day of testing?
— David Pakman (@dpakman) March 15, 2020
He really just hit us with “Thoughts and prayers” https://t.co/BgxlV5o5Ma
— Alex (@_alex_joshua) March 15, 2020
Tests, ventilators and competent leadership. That’s what will stop coronavirus NOT prayers.
— Chidi®️ (@ChidiNwatu) March 15, 2020
We are all praying that Americans that need to get tested for this deadly virus can a get access to testing kits that @realdonaldtrump has been withholding immediately.
He refused WHO testing kits.
Where are the testing kits he keeps saying will be available by the millions? https://t.co/zCU3YERH81
— Mandy Thornton (@thornton_mandy) March 15, 2020
I pray that medical science and reason prevail over ignorance and selfishness during the coronavirus pandemic. I also pray that we can flatten the curve and save as many Americans who are elderly and with pre-existing conditions as possible.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) March 15, 2020
Praying won’t get us the COVID-19 testing kits that you promised would be widely available.
You have failed the American people.
— Jean L.P. Jaurès 🌎🔬📚⚖️ (@larsp2740) March 15, 2020
I pray for a more informed electorate than the one that elected this fucking moron. https://t.co/ELikWiCKlr
— Michael Dobozy (Expert in Social Distancing) (@dobozysaurus) March 15, 2020
I want to use this National Day of Prayer, to ask you to get this Charlatan, Impostor, Fake Christian, Heretic & Heathen removed from office. One Way or Another.
He is a Threat to Mankind. https://t.co/PXtt1XZipm
— Julie Pillay (@Julia3131) March 15, 2020
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