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« on: January 10, 2018, 11:24:08 pm »


from The Washington Post....

President Trump has made more than 2,000
false or misleading claims over 355 days


With just 10 days left in his first year as president, Trump
breaks a barrier we thought was beyond his reach.


By GLENN KESSLER and MEG KELLY | 3:00AM EST — Wednesday, January 10, 2018

President Donald J. Trump with Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin (Democrat-Illinois), left, and House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (Democrat-Maryland), right, during a meeting at the White House on Tuesday. — Photograph: Shawn Thew/European Pressphoto Agency/Agencia-EFE/Rex/Shutterstock.
President Donald J. Trump President Donald J. Trump with Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin (Democrat-Illinois), left,
and House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (Democrat-Maryland), right, during a meeting at the White House on Tuesday.
 — Photograph: Shawn Thew/European Pressphoto Agency/Agencia-EFE/Rex/Shutterstock.


PRESIDENT TRUMP has broken 2,000.

With just 10 days before he finishes his first year as president, Trump has made 2,001 false or misleading claims in 355 days, according to our database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president. That's an average of more than 5.6 claims a day.

When we started this project, originally aimed at the president's first 100 days, he averaged 4.9 claims a day. At that pace, it appeared unlikely the president would break 2,000 in a year. But the longer the president has been in the job, the more frequently he touts an assortment of exaggerated, dubious or false claims. (Our full interactive graphic can be found here.)

As regular readers know, the president has a tendency to repeat himself — often. There are now nearly 70 claims that he has repeated three or more times. Indeed, he crossed the 2,000 threshold during his one-hour discussion on January 9th with lawmakers about immigration, tossing out some of his old favorites about the subject:


  • “We can build the wall in one year and we can build it for much less money than what they're talking about.”

  • In the diversity visa lottery, “what's in their hand are the worst of the worst but they put people in that they don't want into a lottery and the United States takes those people.”

  • “We have tremendous numbers of people and drugs pouring into our country. So in order to secure [the border] we need a wall.”

In fact:


  • Individuals apply for the visa system, and must have at least a high school diploma or work in specific industries to be eligible for the program. As the term “lottery” implies, applicants are selected via a randomized computer drawing. The selected applicants undergo a background check before entering the country, and some applicants undergo an additional in-depth review if they are considered a security risk.


Trump's claim about drug smuggling and the wall has been repeated 17 times, even though we awarded him Four Pinocchios. In just two months, he's falsely described the diversity lottery 12 times. And of course building the wall was a signature issue from the beginning of his presidential campaign, when he consistently low balled the cost.

We currently have a tie for Trump's most repeated claims, both made 61 times. Both of these claims date from the start of Trump's presidency and to a large extent have faded as talking points.

One of these claims was some variation of the statement that the Affordable Care Act is dying and “essentially dead”. The Congressional Budget Office has said that the Obamacare exchanges, despite well-documented issues, are not imploding and are expected to remain stable for the foreseeable future. Indeed, healthy enrollment for the coming year has surprised health-care experts. Trump used to say this a lot, but he's quieted down since his efforts to repeal the law flopped.

Trump also repeatedly takes credit for events or business decisions that happened before he took the oath of office — or had even been elected. Sixty-one times, he has touted that he secured business investments and job announcements that had been previously announced and could easily be found with a Google search.

With the successful push in Congress to pass a tax plan, two of Trump's favorite talking points about taxes — that the tax plan will be the biggest tax cut in U.S. history and that the United States is one of the highest-taxed nations — have rapidly moved up the list.

Trump repeated the falsehood about having the biggest tax cut 55 times, even though Treasury Department data shows it would rank eighth. And 59 times Trump has claimed that the United States pays the highest corporate taxes (26 times) or that it is one of the highest-taxed nations (33 times). The latter is false; the former is misleading, as the effective U.S. corporate tax rate (what companies end up paying after deductions and benefits) ends up being lower than the statutory tax rate.

We also track the president's flip-flops on our list, as they are so glaring. He spent the 2016 campaign telling supporters that the unemployment rate was really 42 percent and the official statistics were phony; now, on 47 occasions he has hailed the lowest unemployment rate in 17 years. It was already very low when he was elected — 4.6 percent, the lowest in a decade — so his failure to acknowledge that is misleading.

An astonishing 91 times, Trump has celebrated a rise in the stock market — even though in the campaign he repeatedly said it was a “bubble” that was ready to crash as soon as the Federal Reserve started raising interest rates. Well, the Fed has raised rates four times since the election — and yet the stock market has not plunged as Trump predicted. It has continued a rise in stock prices that began under President Barack Obama in 2009. Again, Trump has never explained his shift in position on the stock market, making his consistent cheerleading misleading.

Moreover, the U.S. stock market rise in 2017 was not unique and mirrored a global rise in equities. When looking at the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index, it's clear U.S. stocks haven't rallied as robustly as their foreign equivalents. The percentage gain in the S&P 500 during Obama's first year still tops Trump's numbers — though any president bragging about stock market performance soon finds out it's a fool's game.

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from the print edition of the Los Angeles Times…

Mueller report exposes all the president's liars

Culture of dishonesty pervaded the White House, with officials routinely mangling truth to serve Trump.

By CHRIS MEGERIAN | Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she mis-spoke when she insisted in 2017 that “countless” FBI agents were grateful to see Director James B. Comey fired. Dishonesty has been common from this White House. — Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she mis-spoke when she insisted in 2017 that “countless” FBI agents were grateful to see Director James B. Comey fired.
Dishonesty has been common from this White House. — Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.


WASHINGTON D.C. — Addressing reporters from the White House lectern, then-Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made a startling claim shortly after President Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey two years ago.

“I’ve heard from countless members of the FBI that are grateful and thankful for the president’s decision,” she said, refusing to back down when pressed on the issue. “Between emails, text messages, absolutely,” she insisted.

It wasn't true. She later told prosecutors working for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III that her comments were a “slip of the tongue.”

It's a crime to lie to federal investigators or Congress, a lesson that many of Trump's associates found out the hard way. (Just ask former national security advisor Michael Flynn or disbarred lawyer Michael Cohen; they're among several who pleaded guilty.) But it's not a crime to lie to reporters and the American people, and for that the president's team can be grateful.

The redacted 448-page Mueller report, released on Thursday, exposed in voluminous detail how the Trump White House is comfortable not only spinning the truth, but outright demolishing it.

Sometimes the president did the lying himself. Sometimes he had others lie for him. And sometimes people lied because they thought it was required of them.

Sanders refused to back down on Friday when questioned on ABC News. She insisted that she had mis-spoken about “countless” FBI agents “in the heat of the moment,” even though she repeated the claim multiple times.

“It wasn't a scripted talking point,” she scoffed. “I'm sorry I wasn't a robot like the Democrat Party.”

Not everyone around Trump has been willing to lie on his behalf.

After a March 22, 2017, Oval Office meeting, the president asked Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to say publicly that Trump didn't have any links to Russia, the report said. The claim would have been false, since Trump sought to build a luxury skyscraper in Moscow while running for president.

Coats declined, telling Trump “it was not his role to make a public statement on the Russia investigation,” according to the report.

Others also pushed back. When Trump fired Comey on May 9, 2017, he asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to hold a news conference.

“Rosenstein responded that this was not a good idea because if the press asked him, he would tell the truth that Comey's firing was not his idea,” the report said.

But the report showed numerous others were willing to spread falsehoods on Trump's behalf.

After the president fired Comey, the White House issued a statement saying that Trump had acted on a recommendation from the Justice Department. But Trump had previously decided to sack Comey. Reince Priebus, then chief of staff, told investigators he believed the president personally dictated the misleading statement recommending the firing.

Days later, when Mueller was appointed special counsel, White House officials told reporters that Trump was undisturbed by the development. In fact, he was devastated.

“This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency,” he said, according to notes taken by an aide.

Trump sometimes lied to his own aides. One episode involved a resignation letter prepared by Jeff Sessions, then the attorney general, who had infuriated Trump by recusing himself from supervising the Russia investigation.

The president decided not to push out Sessions at the time, but he took the letter with him on a trip to the Middle East, showing it to senior advisors aboard Air Force One.

Priebus was concerned that the president planned to use the letter as leverage over Sessions, and he asked about it during the trip. Trump falsely said the document was back in his White House residence.

Later that year, Trump tried to prevent the truth from coming out about senior campaign officials' June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower with a Kremlin-connected lawyer.

Hope Hicks, then White House communications director, recalled telling Trump that emails setting up the meeting looked “really bad.”

The messages showed that the president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was told the lawyer was working on behalf of the Russian government and would bring damaging information on Hillary Clinton. Trump Jr. had emailed back, “If it's what you say I love it.”

The president “directed aides not to publicly disclose the emails,” the report said.

When the meeting was revealed by The New York Times on July 8, 2017, Trump edited a public statement to conceal crucial details. He removed a line admitting the meeting involved someone who “might have information helpful to the campaign,” and he claimed that participants talked about the adoption of Russian children. The statement was issued under Trump Jr.'s name.

The embarrassing emails soon leaked, contradicting the statement dictated by the president, but the lies continued.

“Over the next several days, the president's personal counsel repeatedly and inaccurately denied that the president played any role in drafting Trump Jr.'s statement,” the report said.

Once the president's role was revealed, he downplayed the importance of being honest with the public.

“It's a statement to The New York Times…. That's not a statement to a high tribunal of judges,” Trump told reporters.

Pervasive lying is an unsurprising result of having a president whose dishonesty has been a hallmark for years, whether it's exaggerating the height of his buildings or claiming that President Obama wasn't born in the United States.

While every administration is accused of dissembling or worse at times, the report makes clear that Trump leads a White House where falsehoods and misrepresentations are common practice.

When a Washington Post columnist reported on January 9, 2017, that Flynn may have discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition — contradicting what Flynn had told other administration officials — Trump was furious.

“What the hell is this all about?” Trump asked Priebus, who told Flynn that Trump was unhappy. Flynn then asked his deputy, K.T. McFarland, to help “kill the story,” the report said.

McFarland called the columnist and denied that Flynn and the Russian ambassador had talked about sanctions, even though she “knew she was providing false information,” according to the report.

Flynn was forced out of the administration about three weeks after Trump's inauguration. He has pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents, and he's awaiting sentencing as he cooperates with another investigation involving his business associates and undisclosed Turkish lobbying.

Mueller's report includes new details on how Cohen prepared his false congressional testimony about plans for a Trump Tower in Moscow.

During those months in 2017, Cohen was in a joint defense agreement with Trump, and he discussed his upcoming testimony with the president's legal team. Cohen said the lawyer, who was not named, told him “the president loves you” and would have his back if he stayed on message. Unless Cohen “went rogue,” he would be protected, according to the report.

A draft of Cohen's testimony was circulated among members of the joint defense agreement, and a key line about “limited contacts with Russian government officials” was deleted. Cohen had, in fact, spoken with a Kremlin office about the proposal.

The testimony also included the falsehood that work on the proposal ended in January 2016 rather than several months later, after Trump had secured the Republican presidential nomination.

Cohen told prosecutors he wanted to adhere to the “party line” by downplaying Trump's ties to Russia, according to the report. He's been sentenced to three years in prison for lying to Congress and several other crimes, and he's scheduled to report to prison on May 6.

But Cohen didn't just lie to lawmakers. Months beforehand, he misled a New York Times reporter about the Moscow project negotiations, the report said. He told the special counsel's office the lies were intended “to dismiss the idea of a substantial connection between Trump and Russia.”

They were part of a “script,” Cohen told prosecutors, that he developed with others — including the president himself.


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• Chris Megerian is based in Washington, D.C., where he writes about the special counsel investigation for the Los Angeles Times. He previously covered the 2016 presidential campaign and the 2015 United Nations summit on global warming in Paris. As a reporter in Sacramento, he has also written about Governor Jerry Brown, climate change policies, California politics and state finances. Before joining the Los Angeles Times in January 2012, he spent three years covering politics and law enforcement at the Star-Ledger in New Jersey. He grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Emory University in Atlanta.

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from The Washington Post…

What to do about Sarah Sanders?
White House reporters have a few ideas.


The press secretary, exposed for false statements,
may be permanently damaged as Trump's spokewoman.


By PAUL FARHI | 5:23PM EDT — Monday, April 22, 2019

Sarah Sanders talks to reporters outside the White House. — Photograph: Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post.
Sarah Sanders talks to reporters outside the White House. — Photograph: Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post.

REPORTERS have long approached White House press secretary Sarah Sanders with a trust-but-verify attitude, knowing full well that Sanders is tasked with spinning some of the more unspinnable statements made by her boss, President Trump.

But with the publication of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report on Thursday, Sanders's credibility among the people who cover her has been stretched about as taut as a violin string.

One White House reporter, April Ryan, has openly called for Sanders to be fired. While others don't go that far, they acknowledge that Sanders's public statements have damaged her, perhaps permanently, as the president's spokeswoman. In conversations with reporters, it's not unusual to hear her compared unfavorably to Ron Ziegler, President Nixon's press secretary, whose reputation was shredded by the Watergate scandal.

Sanders admitted under oath to Mueller's investigators that she made a series of false statements to the press after Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey in May 2017. Sanders told Mueller that her comment that “countless” FBI employees had told her they supported the president's decision was “a slip of the tongue”. She also said a second utterance — in which she said asserted that Trump and “the rest of the FBI” had lost confidence in Comey — was made “in the heat of the moment”. Mueller’s report concluded that her comments were “not founded on anything”.

Given that she made the erroneous statements on two separate occasions, her explanations for them raised the possibility that she not only lied, but lied in explaining why she lied.

“I hope and trust that she understands why this is a big deal and why it matters to us and to her,” said Peter Baker, the veteran New York Times White House reporter, in an interview on Monday. “A press secretary's most important asset is credibility. If you don't have that, there's not much point. But we all make mistakes. The test is what you do about it to make things better.”

Sanders hasn't offered an apology or a public correction. Instead, she has gone on offense. After repeating the “heat of the moment” excuse during an interview on “Good Morning America, she fired back, “I'm sorry that I wasn't a robot like the Democrat Party that went out for 2½ years and repeated time and time again that there was definitely Russian collusion between the president and his campaign.”

Ryan, a CNN political analyst who covers the White House for American Urban Radio Networks, was having none of that on Monday. “She has acknowledged that she lied under oath,” she said. “You can't trust her. End of story.”

She added, “She's been caught in lie after lie. It's beyond spin. She speaks for the president, so it's life and death. In any other job, if someone acknowledged they lied under oath, they'd be gone. They'd be terminated.”

After Ryan called for Trump to “start lopping the heads off” of discredited officials, including Sanders, Sanders's father, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, called the comment “an incitement to murder” on Twitter. He asked if the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) would revoke Ryan's press credential, apparently unaware that the WHCA doesn't issue press credentials. Sanders told “Fox & Friends” that the comment was “a new low for the liberal media.”

To some extent, Sanders's credibility is a moot point among reporters, given her increasing isolation from and limited contacts with the press.

Under Sander's tenure, formal press briefings have all but disappeared, relieving Sanders of what was, at least in previous administrations, the press secretary's primary daily responsibility. As of Tuesday, the Trump White House will set a record for the longest stretch without a briefing, 43 days. This breaks the previous record set in March (42 days), which broke the record set in January (41 days). Since the beginning of the year, Sanders has had just two briefings, fielding press questions for a mere 30 minutes or so in total.

Sanders sometimes holds Q&As with reporters on the White House driveway outside the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room. But these are both informal and irregular. She has also become well known among reporters for not responding to emails or calls to her office seeking comment.

Sanders did not reply to a request for comment for this story.

One reporter points out that Sanders can be helpful in the limited times she does engage, but not in a way that the public — or the president — sees. Sanders still has access to the president and can be a useful source on background or off the record, said the reporter. “She won't deny things that she knows to be true,” said the reporter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because her employer hadn't approved her speaking for publication.

“As far as I'm concerned, the Mueller report hasn't changed anything,” said Olivia Nuzzi, who covers the White House for New York magazine. “Sanders never should have been relied on, and she should not be relied on now.”


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Paul Farhi started at The Washington Post in 1988 and has been a financial reporter, a political reporter and a Style reporter. Since 2010, he has covered the news media for Style and is a three-time winner of National Press Club award for media reporting and criticism.

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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2019, 01:10:15 am »


from The New York Times…

Meet the Press? Don't Bother.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, nominally the White House
press secretary, has abandoned the custom
of briefing the news media.


By MICHELLE COTTLE | Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Illustration: Kevin Whipple.
Illustration: Kevin Whipple.

TUESDAY saw yet another record broken by the Trump White House: the longest run without an official news media briefing.

At 43 days and counting, this information drought supplants the previous record of 42 days without a briefing, set in March — which broke the 41-day record set in January.

At some point, one cannot help but wonder: What is the job of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who holds the title of White House press secretary?

Conducting daily briefings was once a core function of the press secretary. The White House put its spin on the news of the day; reporters pushed for more information or clarification. Somewhere in all the give-and-take, the public interest was served.

Under President Trump, such sessions have all but vanished. Since the first of the year, Ms. Sanders has held two formal briefings. She has also developed a frustrating reputation for not responding to media inquiries in general.

This presumably pleases her boss. Mr. Trump prefers to broadcast to the public from the safety of Twitter, where truth and accountability are not held at a premium. In January, he even directed Ms. Sanders (in a tweet) “not to bother” with briefings anymore. Is a White House press secretary unwilling to interact with the press earning her taxpayer-funded salary?

In Ms. Sanders's case, the growing lack of access is arguably less troubling than the lack of credibility — a problem highlighted in last Thursday's release of the Mueller report.

The special counsel's office detailed several instances in which, in her official capacity, Ms. Sanders flagrantly lied to the media and the American public.

After the firing of the F.B.I. director, James Comey, in May 2017, Ms. Sanders, then the deputy press secretary, claimed on two occasions that she'd heard from “countless” current and former agents that the “rank-and-file” had lost confidence in him. When later questioned by Mr. Mueller's office, Ms. Sanders admitted that this was untrue — or, rather, that it had been a “slip of the tongue” made “in the heat of the moment.”

Equally false was Ms. Sanders's claim that Mr. Trump did not dictate a misleading  statement for his son Donald Jr. concerning the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Russian go-betweens and senior members of the Trump campaign. Mr. Trump's lawyers told investigators that the president had in fact dictated the statement.

Beyond a willingness to jettison the facts when convenient, Ms. Sanders has been true, if not to her role, at least to her boss's priorities in her reflex when caught to shift into attack mode, railing about unjust persecution. Asked about her “heat of the moment” defense of the Comey untruth on ABC's “Good Morning Americalast week, Ms. Sanders said, “I'm sorry that I wasn't a robot like the Democrat Party that went out for two and a half years and stated time and time again that there was definitely Russian collusion between the president and his campaign.”

Such responses surely endear the press secretary to this president. While they don't reflect well upon her, they testify first and foremost to how ill suited Mr. Trump is to his own role.


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• Michelle Cottle is a member of the Editorial Board of The New York Times.

• A version of this article appears in The New York Times on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, on Page A22 of the New York print edition with the headline: “Meet the Press? Don't Bother”.

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Donald J. Trump is a LIAR.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders (she' is a bit of a HUCKERY MOLE too!) is a LIAR.

Everyone associated with Trump is a LIAR.

There is a shitload of documented evidence (including video footage) of Trump saying one thing, then later lying about it.

And Trump supporters are also LIARS because they repeat Trump's LIES on his behalf.

How does it feel to be a morally-bankrupt LIAR?

I wonder if everybody else in Woodville knows you are a BLATANT LIAR?

Perhaps I should drive up to Woodville and erect a huge LIAR LIVES HERE sign outside your house.

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from The Washington Post…

EDITORIAL: Lie No. 10,000 is really a whopper

No, Mr. President, ending family separations was not a “disaster”.

By THE WASHINGTON POST EDITORIAL BOARD | 7:19PM EDT — Monday, April 29, 2019

President Donald J. Trump on the White House grounds on April 26. — Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post.
President Donald J. Trump on the White House grounds on April 26. — Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post.

AS President Trump zoomed past a lowly personal milestone — his 10,000th false or misleading statement in his 27-month-old presidency, according to The Washington Post Fact Checker — he let fly a series of whoppers on a subject that logic would suggest he'd be better off leaving unremarked: family separation. The president, whose own administration imposed and then rescinded a systematic policy of wrenching migrant children from their parents, with no protocol in place to reunite them, now poses as a paragon of compassion that ended cruel laws in place before he took office. This is false.

During an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Mr. Trump suggested that his heartless policy had continued practices in place under the Barack Obama and George W. Bush administrations, among others. In contrast to his predecessors, Mr. Trump said, “we've been on a humane basis … we go out and stop the separations,” he said. “The problem is you have 10 times as many people coming up with their families. It's like Disneyland now.”

In fact, the “zero tolerance” policy was formulated (with White House approval) by Mr. Trump's then-attorney general, Jeff Sessions. The policy mandated automatic imprisonment for undocumented adult asylum seekers apprehended at the border, meaning migrant children would be seized from their parents' custody and transferred for placements scattered around the country by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Several thousand parents and children were left with no means of contacting each other and no documents to facilitate their eventual reunification. It was an act of singular cruelty by an administration that has not shied from demonstrating malice toward migrants.

Neither Mr. Obama nor Mr. Bush prosecuted policies remotely similar to Mr. Trump's. While families were occasionally separated before Mr. Trump entered office, it was generally when there was reason to believe the parents posed a threat to their children. And when the Justice Department announced what it called a “new” policy that separated families a year ago, officials justified it as a response to a surge in undocumented Central American migrants crossing the border.

The resulting national uproar forced Mr. Trump's about-face, which he now seems to regret. During the interview on Sunday, he called the policy's revocation a “disaster” and blamed it for what he called a tenfold increase in migrant families apprehended after crossing the border. In fact, the increase has been closer to sixfold, which is bad enough — and at least partly a testament to the panic among Central American migrants seeking to enter the country before Mr. Trump fixes on some new draconian course of action.

In the meantime, the damage caused by the policy of separation persists. In court papers filed this month, the administration said it hoped it would take no more than six more months to identify the remaining children and match them with their parents — but said it could take as long as two years. Thus has the administration fused inhumanity with incompetence.


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 • Helaine Olen: Trump still won't take responsibility for reuniting separated families

 • Laura Bush: Separating children from their parents at the border ‘breaks my heart’


https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/no-president-trump-your-family-separation-policy-is-not-remotely-humane/2019/04/29/63d189ce-6aae-11e9-be3a-33217240a539_story.html
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2019, 03:26:39 pm »

wp fact checker is a liar Grin

Trump vs. McCaskill: 'Washington Post' Fact Checker Caught Lying … Again


By JOHN NOLTE
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March 8, 2017

In all my years of covering the media, never have I come across a bigger or more shameless liar than Glenn Kessler, the so-called fact-checker for the leftwing Washington Post. His favorite game is calling Republicans liars for telling the truth. Carly Fiorina started out as a secretary. Kessler called her a liar for saying so. Barack Obama did not visit Israel during his first term. Kessler called Mitt Romney a liar for saying so. And on and on…

Last week, the left-wing Kessler (who openly taunts Republicans on his Twitter feed) did the same to President Trump. Here is what Donald Trump said late last month…

It has gotten so bad that nearly 20 million Americans have chosen to pay the penalty or received an exemption rather than buy insurance. That’s something that nobody has ever heard of or thought could happen, and they’re actually doing that rather than being forced to buy insurance.

Pretty straightforward. So let's break down the cold, hard facts in Trump's statement. Trump clearly stated that nearly 20 million Americans have either 1) paid the ObamaCare penalty or 2) received an exemption from the penalty. Now, this should be pretty easy to fact check, correct?

Well, in fact, it is, and what Kessler himself found is that when you add up the number of Americans who paid the ObamaCare penalty during the last tax year (6.5 million) and the number of Americans who received an exemption (12.7 million), the total is 19.2 million -- or, exactly what Trump said, "nearly 20 million Americans."

So what Trump stated is clearly true. But guess what? Kessler still gave Trump 3 out of 4 Pinocchios -- still called him a liar. Why? Because in Kessler's demented and SUBJECTIVE mind (which has nothing to do with FACTS), Trump used "slippery language."

Again… Trump's FACTS were 100% correct (and I don’t see the slippery language). Nevertheless, the President is smeared as a liar for only one reason: because The Washington Post hired a big, fat lying left-winger as a fact-checker. Smearing someone as a liar for telling the truth … is lying. Glenn Kessler is lying. That's not exactly a shocker, but it is worth pointing out.

And I haven't even gotten to the worst part yet. You ready for this? Seriously, you might want to sit down because you are not going to believe it…

On the very same day Kessler smeared Trump with 3 Pinocchios for telling the truth, Kessler gave Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill only 3 Pinocchios for tweeting the flat-out lie that she had never met or shared a phone call with the Russian ambassador, "ever."

Here's McCaskill's lie:

I've been on the Armed Services Com for 10 years. No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever. Ambassadors call members of Foreign Rel Com.

Except, according to her own tweets from 2013 and 2015, McCaskill has both had a "meeting" with and a "call" with the Russian ambassador.

SUMMATION

For telling an objective truth, The Washington Post smears REPUBLICAN Trump as a liar with 3 Pinocchios.

But after telling a flat-out lie, this very same Washington Post awards the DEMOCRAT McCaskill the exact same number of Pinocchios it gave Trump for telling the truth.

Any more questions about why Trump has much higher approval ratings than the national media?

https://www.dailywire.com/news/14211/trump-vs-mccaskill-washington-post-fact-checker-john-nolte
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2019, 10:53:00 pm »


10,000 porkies from President Donald J. Trump and all are verifiable with FACTS.

Yet Trump has the cheek to call other people childish nicknames with the word “lyin'” in them?

Trump needs to look in the mirror at himself more often.

Ooops, I forgot ... he probably does look at himself in the mirror multiple times a day and probably kisses his own mirror image.

It's what selfish twats and narcissists like him do.
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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2019, 11:01:14 am »

not according the story below and that just covered some of this bullshit
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« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2019, 11:16:59 am »

what about 2 years of the fake news stories about Russian collusion
Lyin WP
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« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2019, 03:18:14 pm »


I wonder how long before Trump's “LIE total” gets to the palindrome number of 11111?

I'll give it a month, six weeks at the most.
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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2019, 05:57:44 pm »

AOC said you only have 12 more years to live hahahaha
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« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2019, 06:00:45 pm »

do you think he's lying when he says he will win in 2020 lol???

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I hope Trump does win in 2020 just as the Democrats take the Senate as well as holding on to Congress.

In fact, I hope Trump wins and the Democrats win 65% of the Senate, then they'll be able to over-ride Trump's vetos, totally ignore him and ram through any legislation they want. Even better will be if the Democrats win 69% because then they'll be able to change the constitution as well without Trump being able to do a thing about it.

Watching Trump become a lame-duck nobody confined to the White House (when Democrat-controlled Senate and Congress restrict his use of Air Force One) would be the most deliciously-amusing entertainment one could ever wish for.

So I hope Trump does win again in 2020 so the Democrats can humiliate and torture him for four more years before he gets banged-up in jail for his crimes.
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