“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
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New Ruling Involving Bill Barr Proves That He Also Lied Under Oath to Congress
If former Attorney General Bill Barr lied in court, then it stands to reason that his testimony to Congress was also a lie, noted Center for American Progress communications VP Jesse Lee, citing a New York Times report.
Barr was outed by federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson for lying to her, to the court, and to the American people about the process for investigating and considering whether or not President Donald Trump would be prosecuted for obstruction of justice.
“At issue is how Mr. Barr handled the end of the Mueller investigationand the release of its findings to the public,” the New York Times reported Tuesday. “In March 2019, the office of the special counsel overseeing the inquiry, Robert S. Mueller III, delivered its report to the Justice Department. In a highly unusual decision, Mr. Mueller declined to make a determination about whether Mr. Trump had illegally obstructed justice.”
The Times also explained that it opened the door for Barr to take over the investigation and after being handed Mueller’s report, he issued his own summary to Congress, saying Trump wouldn’t be charged. “Mr. Mueller’s team believed that Mr. Barr’s characterization of the document was misleading and privately urged him to release more of their findings, but Mr. Barr refused.”
When testifying before the U.S. Senate, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) asked Barr, “If the special counsel (Robert Mueller) found facts sufficient to constitute obstruction of justice, would he have stated that finding?”
Barr answered, “If he had found that, I think he would state it, yes.”
Mueller’s report made it clear.
Far Right Sen. Blackburn Offers Odd Excuse After She’s Caught Spreading Lies About Biden’s Widely-Popular Plans
During his Wednesday night speech before members of Congress, President Joe Biden outlined some proposals of his American Families Plan. Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, appearing on Fox Business earlier in the day, wrongly claimed that part of Biden’s proposal included making community college and pre-K mandatory. But her office walked back that claim after being fact-checked by CNN’s Daniel Dale.
Blackburn told Fox Business host Stuart Varney, “Three-year-old pre-K — they’re going to mandate this. Two years of college whether you like it or not. These are the things that take away choices from the American people. They give them a great big fat tax bill that they’re going to pay.”
Don’t be fooled by the name of the ‘American Families Plan.’ This plan is anti-family and forces you to rely on the federal government to organize your life. pic.twitter.com/w0CdpP6qai
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) April 28, 2021
Varney didn’t challenge Blackburn’s community college and pre-K claims, but he did say that “in an evenly divided Senate,” Biden “is not going to get all of the proposals.”
“In a 50-50 split Senate,” Varney told Blackburn, “you can’t do that” — to which an overwrought, fearmongering Blackburn responded, “Well, God help us all. I hope that we’re able to block every single bit of this. 2022 cannot get here fast enough so that we see Republicans regain control of the House and the Senate. These guys are trying to do a fast drive to socialism.”
CNN’s Daniel Dale, famous for all the fastidious and comprehensive fact-checking he gave former President Donald Trump during his four years in the White House, corrected Blackburn and debunked her claim that Biden wanted to make community college and pre-K mandatory.
Dale tweeted, “On pre-K, Biden is proposing to spend $200B to make pre-K available to all 3- and 4-year-olds. But no requirement to attend. On college, Biden is proposing to spend $109 billion to offer free two-year community college to all Americans. But no requirement to attend.”
On pre-K, Biden is proposing to spend $200B to make pre-K available to all 3- and 4-year-olds. But no requirement to attend.
On college, Biden is proposing to spend $109 billion to offer free two-year community college to all Americans. But no requirement to attend.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 29, 2021
Spencer Hurwitz, a Blackburn spokesman, responded to Dale’s fact-check by claiming that Blackburn “misspoke” during her conversation with Varney. He offered the bizarre excuse that she was on “live TV.”
Here are some responses to the debunking:
“Misspeak” is the current GQPs “ooops, got caught peddling a very obvious outright lie, like the hamburger lie”
— Krys Marie (@surf_witch) April 29, 2021
Of course. Go on TV and lie to millions and then send an email that no one will ever see claiming to have misspoken. #noconsequences
— Michael Gleich (@mleetch352) April 29, 2021
but like the “red meat ban” oopsie, once it’s out there it’s out. and millions will now believe it as fact. that’s clever and diabolical and utterly deliberate
— Brant Lambermont (@brantlambermont) April 29, 2021
How about going back on air to correct your wrong @MarshaBlackburn? Try telling the truth…🤥
— Cowgirltn 🐝🚞 (@Spth005a) April 29, 2021
Busted: Ted Cruz Caught Lying in Leaked Call About Critical Upcoming Senate Bill – Report
On Saturday, Business Insider reported that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was caught spreading falsehoods about the voting rights legislation advancing in the Senate.
“On an invitation-only call with GOP state lawmakers last week, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz falsely claimed Democrats are working to give ‘illegal aliens’ and ‘child molesters’ the right to vote, according to a recording of the call obtained by the Associated Press,” reported Kelsey Vlamis. “The call, which occurred amid an ongoing battle over voting rights, was organized by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative group that recommends legislation to lawmakers.”
“H.R. 1′s only objective is to ensure that Democrats can never again lose another election, that they will win and maintain control of the House of Representatives and the Senate and of the state legislatures for the next century,” said Cruz on the call.
H.R. 1, the For the People Act, has a number of provisions designed to end partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, set a minimum standard of voter access in states that limits the number of restrictions individual states can pass, and broadly overhaul the country’s campaign finance system. It was recently passed by the House. A similar bill, S. 1, has been introduced in the Senate.
Neither bill is likely to overcome Republican opposition under current Senate rules, which has triggered intense debate on the future of the legislative filibuster rule.
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