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Reasons to vote against Trump. A thread.
1. He incited a deadly assault on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
2. He pushed the fake-electors scheme.
3. He called for “termination” of the Constitution.
4. He bragged about grabbing the private parts of women he’d just met.
(Trump, cont.)
5. He said immigrants were “poisoning the blood of our country.”
6. He appointed extremist justices who took way abortion rights.
7 He invited the Taliban to Camp David.
8. He stole top secrets.
9. He left those secrets in a Mar-a-Lago bathroom.
(Trump, cont.)
10. He had his lawyer lie to the Justice Dept. that all secret documents were returned.
11. He claimed you need an ID to buy cereal.
12. He called Haiti and African nations “shithole countries.”
13. He pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
(Trump, cont.)
14. He refused to visit a U.S. military cemetery, saying it was full of “suckers” and “losers.”
15. He helped the Saudis cover up the murder and dismemberment of a U.S.-based journalist.
16. He tried to extort Ukraine to announce a probe of Biden on false charges.
(Trump, cont.)
17. He used a Sharpie to doctor a government weather map rather than admit he was wrong about a hurricane hitting Alabama.
18. His administration separated migrant children from their parents and then lost track of the parents.
19. He mocked a disabled reporter.
(Trump, cont.)
20. He thinks windmills cause cancer.
21. He lied about Covid-19, saying publicly in February 2020 that “it's a little like a regular flu that we have flu shots for” when he was saying privately that it was “more deadly than even your strenuous flu.”
(Trump, cont.)
22. He suggested that putting light in a person’s body and injecting them with disinfectant could kill Covid.
23. He said about Covid in June 2002, “If we stopped testing right now, we'd have very few cases, if any.”
24. He was friends with Jeffrey Epstein.
(Trump, cont.)
25. He dined at Mar-a-Lago with Nick Fuentes, who praises Hitler, denies the Holocaust and wants a “holy war” against Jews.
26. He denounced Denmark’s leader because she wouldn’t sell him Greenland.
27. He said falsely that Mexico would pay for the wall.
(Trump, cont.)
28. His Trump University had to pay a $25 million lawsuit settlement for bilking students.
29. Using language from the Nazi era, he called political opponents “vermin.”
30. He increased the national debt by 39% in just 4 years while giving the rich a big tax cut.
(Trump, cont.)
31. He said of his daughter Ivanka: “She does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
32. He tear-gassed a D.C. crowd protesting peacefully for social justice after the murder of George Floyd.
(Trump, cont.)
33. He lied about the crowd size at his inauguration.
34. He lied that he created the Veterans Choice health care program when in fact it was started by Barack Obama.
35. He lied about seeing “thousands and thousands” of Arab Americans cheering in NJ during 9/11.
(Trump, cont.)
36. He lied that the military ran out of ammo before he took over.
37. He lied that “the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years.” (Not even close.)
38. He lied that “Dems want to shut your churches down, permanently.”
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(Reasons to vote against Trump, cont.)
39. He lied that doctors in liberal states perform “post-birth abortions,” which aren’t a real thing.
40. He lied about Obama spying on his campaign.
41. He lied that Obama “founded ISIS.”
(Trump, cont.)
42. He lied that “in New York state, if you’re white, you have to go to the back of the line to get medical help.”
43. He lied that "I was the person who saved pre-existing conditions in your health care."
44. He lied that Wisconsin ballots were "dumped in rivers.”
(Trump, cont.)
45. He lied that “when I came into office, the auto industry was on its knees, gasping its last breaths.”
46. He lied that 2 people were fatally shot in Chicago as Obama gave his final presidential address there. In fact, no one was shot in Chicago at that time.
(Trump, cont.)
47. He lied that an “extremely credible source” told him Obama’s birth certificate was fake.
48. After years of pushing the Obama birtherism hoax, Trump finally admitted it was bunk — and he blamed it on Hillary Clinton.
(Trump, cont.)
47. He lied that an “extremely credible source” told him Obama’s birth certificate was fake.
48. After years of pushing the Obama birtherism hoax, Trump finally admitted it was bunk — and he blamed it on Hillary Clinton.
49. He said Jan. 6 was a “lovefest.”
(Trump, cont.)
50. He pressured Georgia's Brad Raffensperger to “find” 11,000+ votes so that he'd win the state.
51. After Raffensperger refused to "find" votes, Trump tweeted that Raffensperger's brother “works for China.” But Raffensperger doesn’t have a brother.
(Trump, cont.)
52. He and his father were sued by the U.S. Justice Department in the 1970s for refusing to rent apartments to Black people.
53. He shoved Montenegro’s leader out of the way at a NATO meeting.
54. He gave Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
(Trump, cont.)
55. He fired FBI Director James Comey for refusing to stop investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
56. He pardoned war criminals.
57. In 2018-2019, he oversaw the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. (We tend to forget such things, don’t we?)
(Trump, cont.)
58. After a Charlottesville white supremacy rally turned violent, Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides.”
59. He promised health insurance for all Americans, then failed to even present a plan in four years as president.
(Trump, cont.)
60. As a candidate, he demanded a “complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” As president, he banned immigration from some majority-Muslim nations.
61. He’s been accused of sexual abuse by dozens of women.
(Trump, cont.)
62. He urged China to interfere in the 2020 election.
63. He’s obsessed with low-flow toilets, saying, “People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once.”
64. He praised Montana pol Greg Gianforte for committing a criminal assault on a reporter.
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(Trump, cont.)
65. He pardoned co-conspirators Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn & Steve Bannon.
66. He’s so addled or casually dishonest that he said his father was “born in a very wonderful place in Germany.” In fact, Fred Trump was born in NY.
67. He cheated on all 3 of his wives.
(Trump, cont.)
68. During the Vietnam War, he dodged the draft, citing “bone spurs.”
69. In 1984, he called a journalist on the phone, pretended he was a Trump Organization employee named “John Barron" and lied to get himself on the Forbes 400 list.
(Trump, cont.)
70. He urged shopkeepers to shoot people leaving their stores if they suspected them of shoplifting.
71. He declared his "respect" for North Korea’s murderous Kim Jong Un and said Kim “wrote me beautiful letters and they’re great letters. We fell in love.”
(Trump, cont.)
72. He promoted himself as self-made, not disclosing that his father gave him $400 million.
73. He uses insults like “horseface” and “fat pig” to describe women.
74. He had to pay $2 million in a lawsuit over the Trump Foundation’s misuse of charity funds.
(Trump, cont.)
75. On 9/11 he bragged that the fall of the Twin Towers meant his building was NYC's tallest. That boast was tasteless — and false.
76. Trump claimed he “helped a little bit” to clear rubble at Ground Zero after 9/11, but there’s no evidence this happened.
(Trump, cont.)
77. He touted his business acumen but couldn’t even make a profit from casinos and filed for bankruptcy six times.
78. He used the word “dictator” to describe himself, saying he would be a dictator only on Day 1 (which is not how dictators operate).
(Trump, cont.)
79. He said a judge in one of his legal cases should be removed because he was of Mexican descent.
80. He threatened to withdraw the U.S. from NATO, a key alliance for global stability.
81. He urged supporters to "knock the crap out of" protesters at a 2016 rally.
(Trump, cont.)
82. He made false statements more than 30,000 times as president.
83. He insulted Gold Star parents whose son, a U.S. soldier, had been killed in Iraq. It was no coincidence that the family was Muslim.
84. He called Mexican immigrants “rapists.”
85. He made a veiled suggestion that supporters shoot Hillary Clinton: “Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the 2nd Amendment. And by the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the 2nd Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”
(Trump, cont.)
86. He took Putin’s word over the word of U.S. intel agencies.
87. After an embarrassing speech to a Boy Scout Jamboree, Trump said the group’s leader called to say it was “the greatest speech that was ever made to them.” The Scout leader denied the call happened.
(Trump, cont.)
88. He exploited the assault on a NYC jogger by taking out newspaper ads calling for the death penalty. The young Central Park 5 suspects were exonerated, but Trump never apologized.
89. He makes embarrassing gaffes, like referring to Revolutionary War airports.
90. A New York judge found Trump and his adult sons liable for business fraud and canceled the Trump Organization’s business certification.
91. He lied that unnamed South American countries emptied their “insane asylums” and sent the patients to the U.S.
92. He tried to revoke CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s credentials because Acosta did his job.
93. He cheats at golf, just as he cheats at everything. There’s a book: "Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump."
94. He lied about being named Michigan’s Man of the Year.
(Trump, cont.)
95. He paid actors to pose as supporters at his June 2015 campaign launch event.
96. He tweeted in 2019: “Today I opened a major Apple Manufacturing plant in Texas that will bring high paying jobs back to America.” In fact, the plant opened nearly 6 years earlier.
(Trump, cont.)
97. He denounced 4 women in Congress who are members of minority groups, telling them to go back from they came from, even though 3 were born in the U.S. and the 4th immigrated as a child.
98. He lied that “we're the highest taxed nation in the world.” Nope.
(Trump, cont.)
99. After winning the Electoral College and therefore the presidency in 2016, he lied that he also won the popular vote. Claiming that “between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes” were cast for Clinton, he wasted taxpayer money in a failed effort to prove it.
(Trump cont.)
100. He bragged about his penis size on national TV, and Stormy Daniels later fact-checked that as false.
101. After a MAGA supporter massacred Latinos in El Paso, Trump and his wife went to the city and used a newly orphaned baby as a prop for a photo op.
(Trump, cont.)
102. Among the most ridiculous Trump lies: He claimed he coined the phrase “priming the pump,” which has been around since 1932. He said he gave Defense Sec. James Mattis the nickname “Mad Dog” when Mattis had that nickname long before his association with Trump.
(Trump, cont.)
103. He often makes the absurd claim that people weren’t allowed to say “Merry Christmas” until he came along.
104. He accused Ted Cruz’s father of a role in the JFK assassination and said Cruz’s wife was ugly. But Cruz is so low that he sucked up to Trump anyway.
(Trump, cont.)
105. He made our country a laughingstock when he gave a speech at the United Nations.
106. He hated John McCain so much that the White House told the U.S. Navy to move the warship USS John S. McCain “out of sight” so Trump wouldn’t see it when he visited Japan.
(Trump, cont.)
107. By refusing to disclose tax returns as other candidates did, Trump hid the fact that he paid very little in taxes. The New York Times eventually found Trump used accounting tricks to avoid paying any federal income tax in 11 of 18 years the Times examined.
(Trump, cont.)
108. He hates cities, even though 83% of Americans live in metro areas. Baltimore is “a disgusting rat and rodent infested mess.” San Francisco is “worse than a slum.”
109. He wants to use the Insurrection Act to send the military into cities without an invitation.
(Trump, cont.)
110. He asked Vladimir Putin's regime to interfere in the 2016 election.: “Russia, if you’re listening ..."
111. He publicly feuds with his former top officials – for example, calling ex-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson “dumb as a rock.” Who hired that guy, Don?
(Trump, cont.)
112. He trashes immigrants, but when he needed to raze a building to put up Trump Tower in NYC, he hired 200 undocumented Polish workers.
113. Foreign women said they illegally worked for Trump's modeling agency in the U.S. while on tourist visas.
(Trump, cont.)
114. He had a close association with unethical lawyer Roy Cohn, who was Sen. Joseph McCarthy's chief counsel and was ultimately disbarred for misappropriation of clients' funds.
115. His administration removed climate change information from government websites.
(Trump, cont.)
116. Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Trump wanted to shoot social justice protesters. "We reached that point in the conversation where he looked frankly at Gen. Milley and said, 'Can't you just shoot them, just shoot them in the legs or something?'”
(Trump, cont.)
117. He tweeted in 2012 that climate change was a Chinese hoax.
118. He suggested without basis that there was foul play with Justice Antonin Scalia’s death: “They’re saying they found the pillow on his face, which is a pretty unusual place to find a pillow.”
119. When asked at a debate why he didn’t condemn the Proud Boys, he told the group to "stand back and stand by.” They stood by and later helped attack the Capitol.
120. After he won the White House, he jacked up the rates at Mar-a-Lago, in effect selling access to the president.
(Reasons to vote against Trump, cont.)
121. He mocked the Pelosi family after a home invader hit Nancy's husband on the head with a hammer, fracturing his skull.
122. He lied that prosecutor Fani Willis had “an affair” with a “gang member.” Utterly false and disgusting.
(Trump, cont.)
123. He said in 2016 that Melania would hold a news conference "over the next couple weeks" to explain her immigration history, including how she got her Einstein visa. Still waiting.
124. He lied that there were “205,000 more ballots than you had voters” in PA.
(Trump, cont.)
125. He lied that “there were no guns whatsoever” at the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. This has been disproven repeatedly.
126. He lied that he was the 1st president to impose tariffs on Chinese goods. In fact, the U.S. collected billions before Trump took office.
(Trump, cont.)
127. He lied that the strategic oil reserve was “mostly empty” and he filled it. In fact, the reserve was lower at the end of his term than at the start.
128. He lied that he won the most Electoral College votes since Reagan. But Clinton, Bush I and Obama had more.
(Trump, cont.)
129. He lied in 2022, “You go to a store, they don’t have bread. We’re like a third world country." Trump aides did not respond to a request to identify which stores lack bread.
130. He lied that "the entire Database of Maricopa County in Arizona has been DELETED!"
(Trump, cont.)
131. He overruled experts to give a security clearance to Jared Kushner, who later leveraged his access to get $2B from the Saudis.
132. He bathes in his cult of personality: "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot people and I wouldn't lose voters."
(Trump, cont.)
133. After the right demonized Anthony Fauci, Trump claimed not to know who gave Fauci a presidential commendation. It was Trump.
134. He said he got to know Putin “very well” when they were on the same episode of “60 Minutes.” But Trump was in NY, Putin in Russia.
(Trump, cont.)
135. Discussing the breakup of his marriage to Ivana in 1990, he said: “When a man leaves a woman, especially when it was perceived that he has left for a piece of ass—a good one!— there are 50 percent of the population who will love the woman who was left.”
(Trump, cont.)
136. He said in 1991: “I have black guys counting my money. … I hate it. The only guys I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes all day.”
137. He said in 2015 he favored creation of a database to track all Muslims in the U.S.
(Trump, cont.)
138. Asked in 2016 if women should be charged with a crime for having an abortion despite a ban, he said: “The answer is that there has to be some form of punishment.”
139. He defended Putin in 2015: "Nobody’s proven that he’s killed anybody.”
(Trump, cont.)
140. In 2016, he called for not only killing terrorists but killing their family members, too. Right-wing personality Bill O’Reilly told Trump he didn’t believe he would "put out hits on women and children." Trump replied: "I would do pretty severe stuff."
(Trump, cont.)
141. He’s pro-torture: “Waterboarding is your minor form. Some people say it's not actually torture. Let's assume it is. But they asked me the question. What do you think of waterboarding? Absolutely fine. But we should go much stronger than waterboarding.”
(Trump, cont.)
142. His company, the Trump Organization, was convicted of 17 tax crimes, including conspiracy and falsifying business records.
143. He threatened MSNBC, saying the government should “make them pay” for critical coverage of him.
(Trump, cont.)
144. His pardon got Steve Bannon out of federal fraud charges in a “build the wall” scam. Right-wing disinformation is Bannon’s game: "The Democrats don't matter. The real opposition is the media. And the way to deal with them is to flood the zone with shit."
(Trump, cont.)
145. He falsely accused 2 Georgia election workers of election fraud – the same allegations that led to a $148M judgment vs. Rudy Giuliani.
146. His bid to monetize the presidency by hosting the G-7 summit at his Doral golf club sparked outrage, and he backed off.
(Trump, cont.)
147. As Notre Dame Cathedral burned, Trump embarrassed the U.S. by tweeting: “Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!”
148. He invited Russians into the Oval Office and shared secret information that the U.S. got from Israel.
(Trump, cont.)
149. He’s always been a sore loser. After Ted Cruz beat him in the 2016 Iowa caucuses, he tweeted: “Based on the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa Caucus, either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified.” Sound familiar?
(Trump, cont.)
150. He declared publicly in 1999 that he was “pro-choice in every respect.” But as his political ambitions grew, he tossed aside that position on abortion. It’s clear he doesn’t care about the issue, except as a way to gain power.
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(Trump, cont.)
151. He praised Hungary’s authoritarian leader, Viktor Orban, as “one of the strongest leaders anywhere in the world.” He also said mistakenly that Orban was the leader of Turkey.
152. He gave Jim Jordan a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
(Trump, cont.)
153. A Trump golf club put up a marker about a “River of Blood” at a Civil War battle that supposedly took place there. But no such battle occurred. It’s a lie.
154. Several Trump golf clubs displayed a Time magazine cover featuring him. You guessed it: It's fake.
(Trump, cont.)
155. He pardoned Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted of ignoring a court order to stop profiling Latinos.
156. As he watched 2016 GOP rival Carly Fiorina on TV, he said, “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?”
(Trump, cont.)
157. He tweeted about MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski “badly bleeding from a face-lift.”
158. He lied about Brzezinski’s husband/co-host: “When will they open a Cold Case on the Psycho Joe Scarborough matter in Florida. Did he get away with murder? Some people think so.”
(Trump, cont.)
159. He said the FBI failed to prevent a school shooting because it was "spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.”
160. He endorsed Roy Moore for the Senate despite reports of Moore’s predatory behavior toward teen girls.
(Trump, cont.)
161. He named Ben Carson as secretary of Housing and Urban Development even though Carson had no experience in housing or urban development.
162. He named Betsy DeVos as secretary of Education even though she had never worked in government or in a public school
(Trump, cont.)
163. He named Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, and Pruitt resigned under an avalanche of ethics scandals, including ordering a government-paid aide to contact to the CEO of Chick-fil-A to help Pruitt’s wife get a Chick-fil-A franchise.
(Trump, cont.)
164. His Treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, made such friends w/ the Saudis that he later cut a $1 billion deal with them.
165. His Labor chief, Alex Acosta, quit amid reports that as a prosecutor he'd cut a secret deal to go easy on sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
(Trump, cont.)
166. He hired Kellyanne Conway as a professional liar, and she fulfilled that role, saying early in the pandemic that Covid was “contained,” calling lies “alternative facts” and referring to a terrorist attack that never happened: the “Bowling Green Massacre.”
(Trump, cont.)
167. He gave a White House position to televangelist Paula White, who once prayed for the miscarriage of "all Satanic pregnancies."
168. He said if foreigners offered dirt on a political rival, "it's not an interference. They have information. I think I'd take it.”
(Trump, cont.)
169. He embarrasses the U.S. with his illiterate social media posts, such as calling then-Prince Charles “the Prince of Whales.”
170. He uses phrases like “top of the line,” “brilliant” and “strong like granite” to describe China’s brutal dictator Xi Jinping.
(Trump, cont.)
171. After former Klan leader David Duke endorsed him for president, Trump said: "I don't know David Duke. … I just don't know anything about him." But researchers found video clips showing Trump talking about Duke on national TV multiple times.
(Trump, cont.)
172. Less than a month after he became president, Trump’s Agriculture Dept. ordered staff to stop referring to "climate change" and call it “weather extremes” instead.
173. He told his Cabinet that the Soviet Union was justified in invading Afghanistan in 1979.
(Trump, cont.)
174. He encouraged a “lock her up” chant about Hillary Clinton and her private email server, but Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner improperly used personal messaging services such as email and WhatsApp for hundreds of government communications.
(Trump, cont.)
175. He refused to attend his successor’s inauguration, becoming the first president to boycott the transition since Andrew Johnson in 1869.
176. He tore up official documents, forcing aides to tape them together to preserve them as required by federal law.
(Trump, cont.)
177. A day after Megyn Kelly asked Trump a debate question about his sexism, he said: “She gets out and she starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions. You know, you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
(Trump, cont.)
178. He used the South Lawn of the White House for a partisan event, ignoring precedent and propriety, when he gave his 2020 Republican National Convention speech there.
179. He posted a Christmas message on social media about his opponents: “May they rot in hell.”
(Trump, cont.)
180. In 2005, he cited a creepy perk of owning a beauty pageant: “I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed. … I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner. ... They’re standing there with no clothes. And you see these incredible looking women."
(Trump, cont.)
181. Asked about QAnon, the conspiracy cult that claims JFK Jr. is still alive and Democrats kidnap children to harvest their blood, Trump said: “I don’t know much about the movement other than I understand that they like me very much, which I appreciate.”
(Trump, cont.)
182. In late 2020, the sore-loser president delayed transition talks with the incoming Biden team even though the stonewalling hampered public health efforts during a pandemic.
183. He withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, increasing the chances of nuclear war.
(Trump, cont.)
184. He retweeted a GOP politician's posts claiming Georgia's Stacey Abrams “visited every buffet restaurant in the state,” calling Hillary Clinton a “skank,” and suggesting duct-taping Nancy Pelosi’s mouth so “she won’t be able to drink booze on the job as much.”
(Trump, cont.)
185. He lied that U.S. Steel was building 6, 7, 8 or 9 new plants (the number varied). In fact, the company built no new plants but restarted blast furnaces at 2 existing plants.
186. He gave Devin Nunes a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
(Trump, cont.)
187. He was asked about charges against Ghislaine Maxwell for conspiring with sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein. Trump’s response: “I wish her well, frankly.”
188. Trump (who doesn't attend church regularly) said Biden (who does) is “against God.”
(Trump, cont.)
189. After a 75-year-old social justice protester in Buffalo, NY, was shoved to the ground by police and suffered a fractured skull, Trump suggested it was a “set-up” by “an antifa provocateur.” Trump tweeted that the activist “fell harder than [he] was pushed.”
(Trump, cont.)
190. His administration asked Japan to nominate him for a Nobel Peace Prize, and Japan did so to curry favor with him.
191. He bragged that he received “the highly honored Bay of Pigs award” from Cuban Americans in Florida. You guessed it: There’s no such award.
(Trump, cont.)
192. A 1973 New York Times article said Trump “graduated first in his class from the Wharton School of Finance of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968.” He didn’t. It was an early example of the news media swallowing Trump lies.
(Trump, cont.)
193. He encouraged police to be more violent toward suspects. After describing how police put their hand over a suspect’s head to prevent them from injury as they’re loaded into a police car, Trump said, “You can take the hand away, OK?”
(Trump, cont.)
194. He tried to put a citizenship question on the U.S. Census that would have discouraged participation by people afraid of immigration authorities and thus would have produced inaccurate data. Legal action forced Trump to give up the idea.
(Trump, cont.)
195. He opened most of Alaska's Tongass National Forest to logging and other development, removing protections for one of the world's largest temperate rainforests. Biden reversed the decision.
(Trump, cont.)
196. Trump's coup attempt projected such instability that Gen. Mark Milley assured his Chinese counterpart that the U.S. planned no attack. This infuriated Trump, who suggested Milley deserved execution: “In times gone by, the punishment would have been DEATH!”
(Trump, cont.)
197. He often thinks he’s an expert on topics he knows nothing about. Trump weighed in on California wildfires, saying that raking the forests was the answer. He claimed Finland’s president told him that, but the Finnish leader denied saying it.
(Trump, cont.)
198. As he plotted to keep power despite losing in 2020, Trump considered naming conspiracy crackpot Sidney Powell as a special counsel to "investigate" the nonexistent voter fraud he claimed. Powell later pleaded guilty to conspiring to interfere with an election.
(Trump, cont.)
199. In an example of his casual lying, Trump said: “We will be ending the AIDS epidemic shortly in America and curing childhood cancer very shortly.”
200. Trump did nothing but watch for 187 minutes as his followers stormed the Capitol. Why? Because he liked it.
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Jun 16
This story is an example of how Trump manipulates major media, in this case the Washington Post. The headline – which is the only thing many people read – suggests Trump reached out to Detroit’s Black voters to address their crime crisis. Two big problems with that. 🧵1/4 Image
It’s the third paragraph before we learn that the audience “was not predominantly Black.” The story says in the 17th paragraph that “No one in line identified themselves to a reporter as a member of Sewell’s church.” It’s Astroturfing – fake grassroots support. 2/4 Image
And what about that crime problem? Inexplicably, WaPo didn’t cite crime statistics. Turns out, Detroit ended 2023 with its fewest homicides in 57 years. (Yes, the *rate* is higher than in 1966, but the decrease is still positive news.) 3/4…
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Jun 14
I’ve been thinking about lower-level staffers at the Murdoch “news” outlets and Sinclair TV. They’re not calling the shots when their bosses spread disinformation.
I want to tell them: Quit now! Save your careers and self-respect!
But there are nuances, so I wrote this 🧵. 1/12
Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News and NY Post lie constantly. Fox paid a $787 million settlement for lying about the 2020 election. To Murdoch, that was just the cost of doing business, because his business is hoodwinking the American people to boost right-wing politicians. 2/12
This week, Murdoch’s NY Post led with a hoax, claiming Biden “wandered off” during his European visit when in fact he walked a few steps to talk to a skydiver who gave a demonstration. Here’s the Post’s dishonest Page 1 and a Twitter/ X community note that tells the truth. 3/12
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May 30
I’ll never forget the time Trump called for “termination” of the Constitution and the New York Times put it on Page 13. 🧵 1/9 Image
Here’s the NYT front page for Dec. 5, 2022. Important stories about Russia and Iran. Promos about K-Pop and college football. Nothing about Trump’s call to terminate the Constitution. 2/9 Image
The NYT’s Page 13 story is well written. Here’s a gift link. Reporter Maggie Astor called Trump’s Truth Social post “astonishing even by the standards of Mr. Trump.” But it was a Page 13 level of astonishing, in NYT’s opinion. 3/9…
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