Richard Grenell, President Donald Trump’s former Acting Director of National Intelligence, is under fire after posting a 2019 photo of Joe Biden and attacking him as “phony” for not wearing a mask. Since the photo was celarly taken months before the coronavirus was even discovered, Grenell is getting slammed on social media, but refuses to apologize or taken the tweet down.
After countless Twitter users reported the photo Twitter on Monday afternoon – almost 24 hours after it had been posted – finally slapped a “manipulated media” warning label on it, but it was too late. The image has already received nearly 40,000 likes and 21,000 retweets and quote tweets.
PolitiFact rated Grenell’s tweet as “False,.” If Grenell’s intent was to damage Biden it backfired as mainstream media outlets reported on the false tweet.
Grenell is doubling down, now attacking Biden for not wearing a mask while delivering a speech outdoors when there was no one near him.
On social media Grenell is getting dragged. Here’s what some are saying:
I have a question: is being an unrepentant liar a prerequisite for a position in the Trump “administration?” You know that the picture on the left is pre-pandemic. Another question: Does anyone, including Trump, spend any time on policy issues?
— Susan Grimaldi (@GiGi0820) November 2, 2020
Endless lies from you people. It’s all you have.
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) November 2, 2020
Hey jackass, photo on left is from 2019. Shows how little intelligence you know or have. https://t.co/64SPZlSfX7
— Pete Souza (@PeteSouza) November 2, 2020
I found another one of hypocrite Joe with no mask. pic.twitter.com/eCG2Dx3V6F
— charlie (@TheOldOlaf) November 2, 2020
Wow picture from 2019, dumbass. Great intel analysis.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 2, 2020
This is completely false, and you know that, but of course you won’t delete because you’re a disinformation grifter.
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) November 2, 2020
Do all of Putin’s operatives spread disinfo that can so easily be fact checked? And Grenell was “DNI” for a minute w access to our intel. How insane is that
— Olga Lautman (@OlgaNYC1211) November 2, 2020
Joe Biden is not wearing a mask in this photo!!! pic.twitter.com/su9rszgDDZ
— Mike C! (@HiIamMikeC) November 2, 2020
Falling for disinformation and peddling it is excusable. Not taking this down, once it is revealed to be wrong, is not excusable.
He has tweeted DOZENS of times since then, including retweeting this. Anyone who thought he was “honorable” should have their head examined. https://t.co/gZzCS9mzr7
— (((Howard Forman))) (@thehowie) November 2, 2020
For a “follower of Christ” you sure do love bearing false witness.
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) November 2, 2020
Hey dumbass it’s an old photo. But congrats on spreading misinformation — this is exactly why you got the DNI job despite being an unqualified twitter troll.
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) November 2, 2020
Hey, Dick, that photo is from 2019, Dick. pic.twitter.com/cSbGhnFP7O
— Straight Talker (@SomeRandomGuy5) November 2, 2020
Pic at left was taken in 2019 for Vogue, before anyone was wearing masks, which Grenell surely knows. But when you’ve been the GOP’s “openly gay” show poodle for years, betraying your own people on the regular, it must be hard to tell the difference between facts and lies. https://t.co/Ainv92z5Ti
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) November 2, 2020
Yes, this is a blatant lie from the former Director of National Intelligence. Yes, the photo is from 2019. I would hope this sort of thing would keep a liar like this from ever being invited onto a cable news show again. https://t.co/mI2tE8XVNm
— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) November 2, 2020
People keep sneering about a former acting DNI tweeting this garbage (pic on left is from Nov. 2019) but to be fair, Grenell got that job because he’s a hacky Trump sycophant, not because he was even remotely qualified. https://t.co/0lM3w7Yn2z
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) November 2, 2020
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Trump Loses Another Round in Court: Judge in Fraud Case Orders Ex-Pres to Hand Over Docs, Law Firm Communications
A New York state Supreme Court judge has ordered Donald Trump, the disgraced former U.S. president, to hand over to New York State attorney general Letitia James even more documents than he had ordered last month.
The New York Times reports Friday night Judge Arthur Engoron “increased pressure on former President Donald J. Trump’s family business and several associates, ordering them to give state investigators documents in a civil inquiry into whether the company misstated assets to get bank loans and tax benefits.”
Judge Engoron also ordered Trump to hand over to Attorney General James communications with a law firm the Trump Organization had hired, denying attorney-client privilege claims.
The Times details several alleged tax evasion scams Trump might have been using, and points to its own “analysis of Mr. Trump’s financial records by The New York Times [that] found that he had avoided federal income tax on almost all of the forgiven debt.”
Trump has until February 4 to comply.
This is a breaking news and developing story.
‘You’re Saying We’re All Liars’: Rand Paul Melts Down on ABC When He’s Confronted With Election Lies
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) became annoyed with an ABC host on Sunday over the suggestion that former President Donald Trump’s defenders are all “liars” about the results of the 2020 election.
“This election was not stolen,” ABC host Georgia Stephanopoulos began his interview with Paul by noting. “Do you accept that fact?”
Paul, however, refused to respond with a straight answer.
“The debate over whether or not there’s fraud should occur,” Paul opined. “But, yes, were there people who voted twice? Were there dead people, illegal aliens who voted? Yes. And we should get to the bottom of it.”
“I have to stop you there,” Stephanopoulos said. “No election is perfect. But there were 86 challenges, they were filed by President Trump and his allies in court. All dismissed.”
Paul tried to interrupt but the ABC host continued.
“There were counts and recounts,” Stephanopoulos continued. “The Department of Justice, led by William Barr, said there’s no widespread evidence of fraud. Can’t you just say the words: This election was not stolen?”
“What I would suggest is if we want greater confidence in our elections — and 75% of Republicans agree with me — is that we do need to look at election integrity and we do need to see if we can restore confidence in the elections,” Paul remarked.
“Well, 75% of Republicans agree with you because they were fed a big lie by President Trump and his supporters who say the election was stolen,” Stephanopoulos pressed. “Why can’t you say it was a fair election?”
“I think you make a mistake,” Paul interrupted. “Hey, George! Georgie, where you make a mistake is that people coming from the liberal side like you, you immediate say everything’s a lie instead of saying there are two sides to everything. Historically what would happen is if I said I thought there was fraud, you would introduce someone else who said there wasn’t. But now you insert yourself in the middle and say that the absolute fact is that everything I’m saying is a lie.”
“I said what the president said was he said was a lie!” Stephanopoulos pushed back. “Hold on a second! He said the election was stolen. This election was not stolen. The results were certified in every single state after counts and recounts!”
“You’re saying there was not fraud and it’s all been investigated,” Paul complained. “And that’s just not true.”
“That’s not what I said, sir,” the ABC host asserted. “I said the Department of Justice found no evidence.”
“You said it’s all a lie!” Paul shouted.
“Let me finish my point,” Stephanopoulos implored.
“You say we are all liars!” Paul insisted. “You’re just simply saying we’re all liars.”
“I said it was a lie that the election was stolen,” Stephanopoulos affirmed.
Watch the entire interview below from ABC.
‘Grifting Liar’: Trump Campaign Surrogate Matt Schlapp Gets Nevada Smackdown Over ‘Massive Amounts of Fraud’ Lie
One of President Donald Trump’s top supporters pushing conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election received a brutal fact check on Monday.
Matt Schlapp, the chair of the American Conservative Union, has been alleging election fraud in Nevada.
On Monday, he reportedly sent out a fundraising appeal based on claiming his organization had “uncovered massive amounts of fraud” in Nevada.
Veteran Nevada reporter Jon Ralston, the editor of The Nevada Independent offered a brutal fact check.
“I’m in Nevada, too, Matt, and you are a grifting liar. You have not uncovered ‘massive amounts of fraud.’ Those numbers you are passing on to suckers to extract $35 from them are phony. A NV judge destroyed all your claims, leaving you only with a failed con,” Ralston reported.
Jon Ralston here.
I’m in Nevada, too, Matt, and you are a grifting liar. You have not uncovered “massive amounts of fraud.” Those numbers you are passing on to suckers to extract $35 from them are phony. A NV judge destroyed all your claims, leaving you only with a failed con. pic.twitter.com/jIk810Exbn
— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) December 7, 2020
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