MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough bashed former attorney general William Barr for “lying through his teeth” about foreign election interference last year, and said he should have been charged with perjuring himself during congressional testimony.
A newly declassified intelligence report found Russia tried to undermine President Joe Biden’s campaign ahead of the 2020 election, Iran tried to “undercut” Donald Trump’s re-election bid and China did not engage in efforts to interfere — but that’s not what the previous administration told Americans.
“The lying and politicization of intel was just breathtakingly dangerous,” Scarborough said. “You have Bill Barr, [national security adviser Robert] O’Brien and [director of national intelligence John] Ratcliffe who all lied and said — this is Ratcliffe pre-election, quote, ‘China is using a massive and sophisticated influence campaign.’ He knew that was a lie, O’Brien knew that was a lie. Barr said, ‘Oh, I looked at the intelligence,’ and he lied through his teeth.”
“The attorney general of the United States, going out of his way to lie through his teeth about intel, all for political purposes, all for political purposes,” Scarborough added, “and now we find out this week that not only were they being liars at the time, but you had people in the intel community who were nervous about the fact that they were going to use their work, go out, twist it out of its proper context, and start spreading lies for Donald Trump’s re-election campaign — and that’s what the attorney general and the head of the intel community and trump’s national security adviser, all three, did. Deeply shameful, deeply dangerous.”
Scarborough still doesn’t understand why Barr never paid a price for lying to Congress and the public about a number of matters.
“He took the Mueller report, in the words of William Rehnquist, he wrenched their words from their proper context, he lied in front of the House and the Senate, committed perjury,” Scarborough said. “I never really figured out why they didn’t try to charge him for that.”
Scarborough said all of that made Barr the worst attorney general to ever serve.
“He claims to have seen intelligence and lied about it, spread lies about what the intel community had been found along with Ratcliffe and O’Brien, saying that China was basically trying to do the same thing that Russia was doing,” Scarborough said. “We found out that Iran was doing it. Why did they feel like they had to lie about China? Here’s Bill Barr, again, Bill Barr again showing why he’s the worst attorney general ever. John Mitchell looks like Atticus Finch compared to Bill Barr.”
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‘Lying a Lot’: CNN Fact Checker Busts Trump Spokesperson’s False Election ‘Fraud’ Claims Attacking Democrats
The current spokesperson for the former president is being criticized for “lying a lot” after she posted false statements about the California recall election, which failed Tuesday night. Voters by an overwhelming majority clearly chose to retain Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, and there are no credible reports of fraud.
That fact did not stop Trump spokesperson Liz Harrington from spreading the false claims of fraud – false according to CNN’s Daniel Dale, the unimpeachable fact checker who documented and debunked most of the lies Donald Trump said as a 2016 candidate and as president.
“The spokesperson for the former president is out here lying a lot about American elections. It is not good,” Dale tweeted Wednesday morning, including screenshots of Harrington’s false statements. Her tweets were posted at 4:50 PM ET and 5:10 PM ET on Tuesday, about six hours before the polls had even closed. She also offered zero proof for her claims.
Harrington, according to The Independent, was hired by Trump after being “editor-in-chief at War Room, an influential far-right website and podcast from former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, where hosts and guests regularly supported conspiracy theories about a ‘rigged’ 2020 election, skepticism about vaccines, and the idea that Covid came from a lab leak in China. The show’s YouTube channel was removed for spreading false claims about the election, but it consistently ranks as a top podcast on the Apple charts.”
Here’s Dale’s tweet with the screenshots of Harrington’s false claims:
The spokesperson for the former president is out here lying a lot about American elections. It is not good. pic.twitter.com/ITRu4fS2DW
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 15, 2021
Not only are Harrington’s claims baseless, the recall results were called by every major news organization in about 30 to 60 minutes after the polls closed, proving her conspiracy theory not only baseless but impossible.
Despite Twitter permanently suspending Donald Trump’s account, the social media giant has come under fire for allowing Harrington to continue to promote Trump’s words, including his press releases.
Trump Falsely Claims COVID Pandemic Was ‘Over’ When He Was President
In a lie-filled segment that received little to no pushback Donald Trump, the former president, on Wednesday told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo that the coronavirus pandemic had “virtually” ended during his administration.
That was just one of the many lies that Trump told Bartiromo, who did no fact-checking nor told viewers that the former president was lying to them in the segment below.
President Joe Biden is “doing a lousy job at coronavirus. Coronavirus is back,” Trump said, ignoring the facts that it never left and his supporters are the number one reason the virus is still deeply embedded across the country.
“When I left it was virtually gone, it was over,” Trump lied.
On the vaccine, which Trump has repeatedly refused to promote, he declared that “when I was president, you didn’t have this problem with people not wanting to take it,” which is also a lie.
“They don’t take it because they don’t trust Biden, and they don’t trust the Biden administration,” he continued, again falsely. So-called “vaccine hesitant” Americans, mostly Republican men, did not become anti-vaxxers because Biden became president.
“When I was president, you didn’t have people protesting the vaccine,” he said, again falsely. “If you just think back, everybody wanted to get it, and we were giving out over a million shots a day, we had that thing rockin’.”
That’s a tremendous stretch.
January 2 was the first day of recorded vaccinations that broke the one million mark, according to data from The New York Times, but that was after two days of no vaccinations reported due to the New Year’s holiday. The seven-day average of coronavirus vaccines being given did not break the one million mark until January 23, after President Biden was sworn in.
“When I left, it was virtually gone. It was over” — Trump on Covid (There were 4,380 US Covid deaths on Trump’s last day in office. There were 993 yesterday.) pic.twitter.com/gLEWPqWgx0
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 18, 2021
‘Biggest Whopper in History’: Stephen Miller Claims No President Was ‘Dealt a Better Hand on Day One Than Biden’
Former Trump White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller is being mocked and chastised for claiming President Joe Biden inherited the best situation possible.
“No President in history has been dealt a better hand on Day One than President Biden,” Miller, regarded as both a white nationalist and a white supremacist by many, told Fox News Thursday night.
The Trump administration walked into a booming economy and left the Biden administration with a disaster: huge unemployment, an uncontrolled pandemic that had already killed 400,000 people, no actual plan to get coronavirus vaccine shots into Americans’ arms, and a lack of trust and respect around the world.
When Trump took office after President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden unemployment was at 4.7%. When President Joe Biden took office unemployment was at 6.7%.
When Trump left office his approval rating was at 34%. In his four years it never even hit 50%.
The Southern Poverty Law Center last summer added Miller to its list of extremists, noting he “is credited with shaping the racist and draconian immigration policies of President Trump, which include the zero-tolerance policy, also known as family separation, the Muslim ban and ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Miller has also “purged” government agencies of civil servants who are not entirely loyal to his extremist agenda.”
Here’s Miller on “Hannity”:
Stephen Miller: No President in history has been dealt a better hand on day one than President Biden. pic.twitter.com/0gcSY26oZ8
— Acyn (@Acyn) July 9, 2021
Talking Points Memo editor and publisher Josh Marshall responded by noting, “it is pretty remarkable that twice in 12 years a Democrat was obliged to take the reins in the midst of the smoldering ruins of a Republican presidency.”
Here’s how others responded to Miller’s lie:
— Luke Zaleski (@ZaleskiLuke) July 9, 2021
Virus out of control, economy taking a hit, highest unemployment since Obama turned it around last R govt, zero transition between administrations, a divided country.
I think I’ve just witnessed the biggest whopper in history.
— Calm Down 2020! (@Purgii) July 9, 2021
I can think of one… pic.twitter.com/wNvvhqWmct
— Justin (@SuspendedMurphy) July 9, 2021
600,000 dead people and 20 million people out of work would like a word… https://t.co/jeFvoPpdqd
— YS (@NYinLA2121) July 9, 2021
Literally inherited a 9/11 worth of COVID deaths EVERY DAY
— Grudgie the Whale (@grudging1) July 9, 2021
Hmm… he inherited:
• a pandemic.
• a crippled economy.
• a predecessor and opposition party who tried for two months to overturn his election and then incited an insurrection to try and stop him from taking office.
I’d say he was dealt among the worst hands of any president.
— Mike McLean (@MikeMcLean00) July 9, 2021
The Insurrection, the historic job loss, the trade war on farmers….
— Lattitude (@Catseriously) July 9, 2021
… having to repair our standing with the world, emboldened racists and xenophobes, state legislators attempting to bring back Jim Crow, conspiracy theorists run amok, climate change coming home to roost, no pandemic planning, three unjustly appointed SC justices…
— Kevin Baugh (@Loraxx) July 9, 2021
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