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25 Apr
This stuff is completely imaginary. Biden has not proposed any limit on Americans’ meat consumption.

What happened: 1) The Daily Mail ran an article that dishonestly connected Biden’s climate plan with a not-at-all-about-Biden study. 2) Others on the right just ran with this.
The UMichigan study is not about the Biden plan at all. It looks at what would happen to emissions if US people hypothetically cut their meat consumption by various %. Daily Mail took the biggest hypothetical % reduction studied and falsely made it sound like Biden demands this.
In children’s terms, the study found that if people reduce meat eating by a lot, emissions would fall a lot.

Daily Mail was like...Biden wants to cut emissions by a lot. Therefore, he’ll force people to reduce meat eating by the same amount this random study looked at.

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6 Apr
Here's a non-comprehensive thread on how Colorado's elections law is extremely different than Georgia's.
Mail ballots: Colorado sends a ballot to every active registered voter. In Georgia, a voter must request a ballot. The Secretary of State and other officials are now banned from even sending *applications* to everyone. 1/
In-person voter ID: Colorado allows various non-photo ID for in-person voting, including a birth certificate, recent bill/bank statement/check. Georgia requires photo ID. 2/
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2 Apr
Biden keeps suggesting the GA law ends voting at 5. It doesn’t, even in early voting.

The vague old law required early voting at least “normal business hours.” The new law just clarifies this means at least until 5. Counties can still choose to go to 7: cnn.com/2021/04/02/pol…
Some Biden defenders are misinterpreting the history here. GA law *already allowed counties to end early voting as early as 5.* Many counties already did. The new law does not impose a cut to 5. It does significant other restrictions, which I've written about! But not this.
Some are saying "we're not fooled, this law lets Republicans close early voting at 5." But that was already permitted under the "normal business hours" minimum in the old law. New law says, effectively, "you can't claim normal biz hours means 10 to 4 or something. It's 9 to 5."
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26 Feb
Won't livetweet CPAC, but like 15 minutes in they're playing a video titled "YOUR VOTES CANCELLED," which lengthily suggests major fraud in the 2020 election. (Like, it ominously shows a CNN clip about how Biden started to look better late at night as ballots were counted.)
It then proceeds to a clips of people saying it was "impossible" and "very strange" that Biden gained ground as votes were counted on election night, then a clip of Rush Limbaugh saying it must have been the "vote fairy" arriving in swing states.

This is bad.
CPAC panelist TW Shannon of Oklahoma says that "mobs happen when people have a sense of hopelessness." For example, he says, "The reason that people stormed the Capitol was because they felt hopeless because of a rigged election." (Fair election, Biden won, etc.)
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8 Feb
In a new, more detailed anti-impeachment filing, Trump's legal team just yada-yada breezes past the incendiary parts of Trump's January 6 speech -- accusing the media of cherry-picking from the speech while itself doing egregious cherry-picking.
Trump's legal team also argues that Trump's comments in the months before the January 6 speech were "mischaracterized," and anyway, since the January 6 riot was pre-planned and also started before Trump finished his speech, Trump's speech couldn't have incited it.
Here are a couple of excerpts from the Trump filing.
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26 Jan
Biden is talking about race. He discusses the George Floyd killing, saying it marked a turning point in views on racial justice; mentions the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on Black and Latino people; criticizes "thugs" and "white supremacists" over the Capitol attack.
Biden says criminal justice reform is needed but isn't enough. He says racial equity "has to be the business of the whole of government" rather than one department.
Biden says he's rescinding Trump's ban on federal sensitivity and diversity training and notes he's ordered the abolition of the "offensive, counterfactual 1776 Commission."
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19 Jan
“The world respects us again. Please. Don’t. Lose. That. Respect,” Trump says in his farewell video.
“Above all, we have reasserted the sacred idea that in America, the government answers to the people," Trump says. He adds, "We fought for the principle that every citizen is entitled to equal dignity, equal treatment, and equal rights, because we are all made equal by God."
Trump used his farewell video to repeat some of his favorite rally material, including, naturally, this lie: "We passed VA Choice."
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12 Jan
NEW: This viral incident - 20M views on Twitter! - had nothing to do with the Capitol attack.

Video was taken at Charlotte airport Friday night. American Airlines says the screaming man had just been asked to get off a flight to Denver for refusing to comply with mask policy.
There was never any reason to believe this man had been put on a no-fly list related to the Capitol insurrection. But that claim went viral anyway - even though the caption on the original TikTok video had said it was a mask incident.
The woman who filmed and posted the original video later conceded she hadn't known for sure that it was a mask incident; caution was always warranted. But caution was extra-warranted on the "no-fly list" nonsense, which was conjured from thin air.
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11 Jan
So I spoke to Ben Costiloe, tweeter of the inaccurate mega-viral impeachment tweet, to tell him it was wrong and that I'd be doing a fact check. He said good-naturedly: "Tear it a new one. Go for it, baby!" He said he's just a "nobody" dude who saw the info on his FB feed. 1/
Costiloe said he never knew if the info he tweeted was true - it just showed up on his Facebook and "made me feel good," and he thought he'd share. He said, "I don't want to mess up the world. I just wanted to make me feel good. It turns out it made a lot of people feel good." 2/
Costiloe said he had just 200 followers at the time he tweeted (now more than 2,700); he's just a guy living with diabetes in Texas. He said he was amazed at how viral the tweet went given his low following: 181,000 retweets and counting. 3/
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7 Jan
Biden calls yesterday "one of the darkest days in the history of our nation" and "an assault on the rule of law." He says "don't care call them protesters; they were a riotous mob, insurrectionists, domestic terrorists. It's that basic, it's that simple."
Biden: "I wish we could say we couldn't see it coming. but that isn't true. We could see it coming. The past four years, we've had a president who's made his contempt for our democracy, our constitution, the rule of law clear in everything he has done."
Biden is delivering a broad denunciation of Trump, for everything from using language like "enemy of the people" to deploying the military to tear-gas peaceful protesters.
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7 Jan
Sen. Lindsey Graham: "Trump and I: we've had a hell of a journey. I hate it to end this way. Oh my God, I hate it. From my point of view, he's been a consequential president. But today...all I can say is, uh, count me out, enough is enough, I've tried to be helpful."
Graham: When Wisconsin's Supreme Court rules 4 to 3 on Trump's election challenge, "I agree with the 3 but I accept the 4. If Al Gore can accept 5-4 and he's not president, I can accept Wisconsin 4 to 3."
Sen. Lindsey Graham is now dismissing and mocking Trump's fake list of supposed fraud in Georgia (not naming Trump while doing so): "They say there's 66,000 people in Georgia under 18 voted. How many people believe that? I ask: give me 10! Hadn't had one."
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6 Jan
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says on the floor that Trump's claim the election was "stolen" includes "sweeping conspiracy theories." McConnell says "over and over, the courts rejected these claims," including judges Trump nominated himself.
McConnell: "Nothing before us proves illegality anywhere near the massive scale, the massive scale, that would've tipped the entire election."
McConnell: "The voters, the courts, and the states...they've all spoken. If we overrule them, it would damage our republic forever."

He adds that the election was actually "not unusually close."
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22 Dec 20
Biden says he usually has 20-25 people at Christmas dinner, but not this year. He says, "We all have to care enough for each other that we have to stay apart, just a little bit longer. I know it's hard." He warns "experts say things are going to get worse before they get better."
Biden says again that the Covid relief deal is good news, but repeats it's just a "first step" and "down payment." He says he'll put forward a plan to Congress "early next year," seeking more funds for testing, vaccine distribution, struggling people, local police, fire, nurses.
Biden: "Here is the simple truth. Our darkest days in the battle against Covid are ahead of us, not behind us. So we need to prepare ourselves. To steel our spines. As frustrating as it is to hear, it's gonna take patience, persistence, and determination to beat this virus."
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4 Nov 20
Trump begins by saying, falsely, that "a very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise" his supporters. Democrats are simply trying to get all the votes counted.
Trump then says that "we were winning everything, and all of a sudden, it was just called off." Would try to fact check this but I don't even know what it means.
Trump says "it's also clear that we have won Georgia," though that is not clear from the publicly available data.
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3 Nov 20
Trump is now on Fox & Friends, sounding more subdued and talking slower than usual. (He was up late doing rallies.) He repeats his usual false claim about how 2.2 million pandemic deaths were initially expected, then touts his pandemic response in the familiar manner.
"I'm doing a big series of phone calls" today to "very loyal" and "very important" people. (He suggests he might mean media interviews but doesn't specify.)
"No one doubts your work ethic," Kilmeade tells Trump, citing the fact that he has done 14 campaign rallies over the last three days.
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16 Oct 20
Biden made some false or misleading claims tonight, though far fewer than Trump. An early list:

He said Trump didn't do "anything" when the initial $600 per week unemployment boost expired. In August, Trump used $44 billion in FEMA money to send $300 per week to the jobless.
When Stephanopoulos said Biden's website calls the Green New Deal a "crucial framework," Biden said, "My deal is a crucial framework, but not the New Green Deal." Biden's website does call the GND a crucial framework, though he has his own plan. joebiden.com/climate-plan/#
Biden falsely said there are now more troops in Afghanistan than there were when Biden left office. Trump did do an early-term troop surge, but he's since done a reduction; O'Brien says the current number is now under 5,000, thousands lower than in late 2016.
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8 Oct 20
This manufacturing jobs section is a mess on both sides.

1) Harris said the US lost 300,000 manufacturing jobs because of the China trade war. But the US gained manufacturing jobs under Trump, 483,000, before the pandemic; it's now a loss of 164,000, but pandemic-related.
2) Pence then said Obama lost 200,000 manufacturing jobs. That's highly misleading. The losses occurred during the recession he inherited; starting in March 2010, 14 months into his tenure, the number of manufacturing jobs rose pretty steadily. fred.stlouisfed.org/series/MANEMP
3) Pence, like Trump, wrongly suggested Obama said manufacturing jobs were dead or couldn't be created. Obama said some were gone forever, but he also boasted about how many were being created during his presidency.
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17 Sep 20
Trump is reading a speech at the National Archives Museum criticizing the left's approach to the study of history, complaining of the New York Times' 1619 Project, critical race theory, and "propaganda tracts like those of Howard Zinn."
Trump says it is "a form of child abuse, in the truest sense of those words," to teach children critical race theory.
Trump announces he will be signing an executive order to establish a "national commission to promote patriotic education." He says "it will be called the 1776 Commission," a nod to criticism of the 1619 Project.
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11 Sep 20
Oh man. Trump: "As the British government advised the British people in the face of World War II, keep calm and carry on. That's what I did."

Churchill was famously blunt with the British people about how bad things could get.
Trump: "When Hitler was bombing London, Churchill, great leader, would oftentimes go to a roof in London and speak. And he always spoke with calmness. He said, 'We have to show calmness.'"

I am currently reading the Larson book and I can tell you this is very bad Trump History.
Churchill would sometimes go up on roofs and other high perches to watch the Blitz bombings. He did not broadcast from the roofs, clearly - he'd sneak up there in the dark.
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29 Aug 20
Last night in New Hampshire, Trump repeated a bunch of the false claims from his RNC speech. He also added some more. Quick thread, with the help of colleagues @HolmesLybrand and @tarasubramaniam:
Trump said, "By the way, you know, Mexico is paying for the wall, just in case you didn't know that." (Mexico is not paying for the wall. Americans are paying for the wall.)
Trump said that, under Biden's plan, "you're gonna lose your private health care." He added, "We're gonna lose 185 million people who have private health insurance." (Biden is not proposing to scrap private insurance. He defeated candidates running on Medicare-for-All.)
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23 Jul 20
Trump says it's "not the right time" to have a big convention in Jacksonville. He says he needs to protect the American people, even though they said "sir," we can make this work easily.
Trump: "I told my team it's time to cancel the Jacksonville, Florida component of the GOP convention." !
Trump: We're going to do other things, like "tele-rallies" and other stuff, "and I'll still do a convention speech in a different form, but we won't do a big, crowded convention, per se. It's just not the right time for that."
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