A reporter for a right wing outlet pushed GOP talking points Thursday when he asked if President Joe Biden sees himself as a “benevolent dictator” for signing a number of executive orders and actions. There;’s no question that President Biden has signed a significant number of executive orders in his eight days as president, but the vast majority, if not almost all, are simply reversing the damaging orders Trump had signed over a four-year period.
Saying President Biden has signed 26 executive orders, a reporter for the Washington Examiner went back in time to pull an out-of-context quote from then-candidate Joe Biden, saying there are some things that cannot be achieved via executive actions, “unless you’re a dictator.”
In October candidate Biden, talking about raising taxes on the wealthy at an ABC town hall, said: “I have this strange notion. We are a democracy. Some of my Republican friends and some of my Democratic friends even occasionally say, ‘Well, if you can’t get the votes by executive order, you’re going to do something.’ Things you can’t do by executive order unless you’re a dictator. We’re a democracy. We need consensus.”
Republicans are now insisting that Biden signing executive orders – again, almost all of which merely reverse the damaging executive orders Trump implemented – makes him a “dictator.”
Far right wing Trumpist Charlie Kirk, for example, flat out lied on Tuesday, claiming: “Joe Biden admits he is governing like a ‘dictator.'”
CNN fact checker Daniel Dale agrees the right is making false arguments:
This is not an accurate quote and not in context. Biden was asked in 2020 if he’d make a certain tax change via exec order. He said no, must be Congress, since there are “things you can’t do by executive order unless you’re a dictator.” “Things” is key. https://t.co/KkH7ia8wgx
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 28, 2021
Here’s that Washington Examiner reporter:
A Washington Examiner asks Psaki if Biden signing executive orders means he views himself as “a benevolent dictator.” Psaki replies by saying the reporter is twisting Biden’s words out of context. pic.twitter.com/RX9YIoxKb3
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 28, 2021
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Jim Jordan Blames Democrats for 1/6 Insurrection After Pelosi Boots Him: They ‘Normalized Anarchy’
U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) attacked nearly half of American adults Wednesday, falsely claiming Democrats “normalized anarchy,” after Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to allow him on the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.
Jordan suggested because Democrats supported the Black Lives Matter protests against police killing of unarmed Black people, Trump supporters had every right to break federal laws, damage federal property, attempt to overturn an election, and threaten the lives of duly-elected House and Senate representatives, and the vice president of the United States.
Jordan insisted the “fundamental question” the January 6 Select Committee should investigate is not who lied to the American people, who incited the insurrection, and the attempted coup – but “why wasn’t there a proper, proper security presence at the capitol that day.”
That is one of many questions that must be answered, but Jordan claims to already have the answer, which is straight out of far right wing extremist social media posts.
“My answer is because what happened all last year,” Jordan said Wednesday at a press conference. “The Democrats normalized anarchy. They normalized rioting and looting and rioters and looters attacks on law enforcement personnel, when rioters and looters destroyed small businesses, what did Democrats did? They went out and raised money to bail them out of jail and they continued to talk about defunding the police,” Jordan said.
Jim Jordan says Jan. 6 happened because “the Democrats normalized anarchy.” pic.twitter.com/xy0zFCsr9m
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) July 21, 2021
‘Unhinged’ GOP Congressman Is Claiming Google ‘Absolutely’ Changed Its Algorithm to ‘Move 15 Million Votes’ to Biden
U.S. Rep Ken Buck (R-CO) says Google flipped 15 million votes away from Donald Trump to Joe Biden. Buck last year, on tape, as the chair of the Colorado GOP, allegedly tried “pressuring an El Paso County GOP official to falsify election results in the State Senate District 10 race.”
“Google, by the way, changed its algorithm, in May of 2020 to disadvantage Donald Trump and to advantage Joe Biden,” said Buck in a secret recording (below) made by Lauren Windsor, who was posing as a Trump supporter.
“Changed its algorithm. And when you ask them about this, I know people that, that own newspapers and asked them about it. They say, ‘Oh, well it’s just a technical thing we don’t know what the result was we just know that we did that a technical person did this.’ Nonsense. They chose the winner. They can move, the estimates are, they can move 15 million votes, because every time you ask for an article on Donald Trump or every time you Google ‘Donald Trump,’ and people here, obviously Google in a more sophisticated way, but, but people out there. They’re hearing about Donald Trump and they’re wondering, you know, Donald Trump/Hunter Biden?”
“I heard what you said about Google, that they changed the algorithm and penalized President Trump. Can you talk more about that, like, they flipped 15 million votes to Biden?” Windsor asks Buck.
“What I’ve heard from some of the academics on this issue is that by, by changing the algorithm, you can flip 15 million votes, you can influence 15 million people to move one direction or another, in that situation,” Buck claimed.
And claiming that “absolutely happened,” Buck went on to say, “So you talk to people, you know, in conservative publications. And what they’ll tell you is the day after that algorithm went into effect, their readership went down. So if you were looking for something on the Washington Examiner or the Washington Times or the conservative newspapers in this area, you, you would have to go further down you have to go to page two or three, to find the story you were looking for and that’s what that’s what Google did was, by changing their algorithm. And that absolutely happened.”
Buck, who last year threatened President Joe Biden to “come and take” his AR-15, also went on to reveal the GOP’s intention to focus on attacking transgender children and Critical Race Theory that he expects will help the GOP take back the House next year and use the House to win the presidency in 2024.
“The people are so obsessed with boys playing girls’ sports, and, critical race theory, and all the other things that are going on that we will win the majority and we will hold hearings on this very issue in 2023, and that that happens before the 2024 election.”
Last year NCRM documented some of Buck’s long history of questionable acts.
EXCLUSIVE–> GOP Rep Ken Buck: Google changed its algorithm “to disadvantage Donald Trump and to advantage Joe Biden… they chose the winner,” moving an estimated 15 million votes
…Btw, Buck is the ranking member on the committee leading the antitrust fight on Big Tech 😬 pic.twitter.com/oBzCDm39oX
— Lauren Windsor (@lawindsor) July 8, 2021
Buck’s remarks attacking Google and suggesting the election is tainted led some to call him “unhinged,” while one noted Harvard Law professor disputes the possibility:
“Unhinged” suggests Ken Buck (R.. CO 4th) was ever hinged. The evidence suggests not. https://t.co/0O5DN9ba4U
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) July 8, 2021
Caitlyn Jenner’s Campaign Announcement ‘Landed With a Thud’: MSNBC
As Republicans push ahead with their long-shot bid to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election, former Olympian and transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner filed the paperwork to challenge him as a Republican — but on MSNBC, reporter Scott Cohn noted that her controversial candidacy is already flailing in the water.
“What are folks saying about her candidacy?” asked anchor Alex Witt.
“Well, Alex, we know who’s not saying anything so far. Caitlyn Jenner’s daughters, Kylie and Kendall, have not had any comment. Neither has ex-wife Kris Jenner or any of the Kardashians,” said Cohn. “But there are other indications that the idea of a Gov. Caitlyn Jenner is not taking off. She is presenting herself as a ‘compassionate disrupter,’ in her words, and one of the things she thinks she can disrupt is some of the traditional political calculus here in California, running as a socially liberal, fiscal conservative. Well, that, at least in the early going, appears to have landed with a bit of a thud.”
“Equality California is the state’s largest LGBTQ advocacy group,” said Cohn. “They tweeted right away yesterday, ‘Make no mistake, we can’t wait to elect a trans governor of California, but Caitlyn Jenner spent years telling the LGBTQ+ community to trust Donald Trump.’ They say they will take a hard pass. And that may be the least of Caitlyn Jenner’s worries. She broke with President Trump back in 2018, but there’s also just the issue of the demographics in this state. It is deeper and deeper blue every year, and experts point to the recall campaign and the signatures that have come disproportionately from Republican pockets in the state, think Fresno, San Diego, Orange County. They say that as a Republican, Caitlyn Jenner does not have the math on her side.”
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