Sunday, February 3, 2019

3 Infuriating Lies the President of the United States Told in 2018

Donald Trump as Pinocchio, the wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy.  The Donald is wrestling with the the Truth, and the Truth is losing.

Okay, people lie.  

You do it.  A lot.  You know you do.  So do your friends.  They tell little white lies.  To you.

Look, everybody does this.

And so does the current President.  He says things.  He doesn't mean them.  They aren't true.  They are easily debunked.  He probably doesn't even know why he does it.  

But we know, don't we?  

Yes, we do.  He does it because lying is fun.  It's exciting.  The truth is boring.  It's inherently limiting.  But there are no limits when you lie.  You can say anything you imagine.

And the President is very, very imaginative.  

Anyway, enough chatter.  Let's get to it, shall we? 

Three BIG lies from the Donald:

This guy better have some ID on him.

"The disgrace is that -- voter ID. If you buy, you know, a box of cereal, you have a voter ID.  Well, over here, the only thing you don’t is if you’re a voter of the United States."

November 14, 2018

This statement came during an interview with a very right wing publication called the Daily Caller.  

(Yes, I linked to it, so what?  Expand your mind a little.  Have some fun.  Click on there and give them a look-see.)

What the President was doing was complaining about the widespread voter fraud that he imagines is taking place everywhere, all the time.  It isn't, but no matter.

Never mind the garbled syntax in this quote.  The Donald is suggesting that it requires more identification to buy a box of cereal than it does to vote.  

Of course this isn't true.  You know that.  I know that.  I buy cereal sometimes - usually flagrantly metrosexual varieties like organic oat granola or organic ancient grains.  

Listen, I loved Cap'n Crunch and Froot Loops and Apple Jacks and Lucky Charms when I was a kid, but...

Sometimes I pay cash when I buy my fancy health-conscious cereal.  Sometimes I use a credit card.  No one ever asks me for ID, "voter" or otherwise.  Ever. 

Of course, I am a white, middle-aged, heterosexual male, and everything is handed to me on a gilded platter, whether I realize this or not.  Your results may vary.

Meanwhile, 35 states require some form of ID when you arrive at the polling station to vote.  And 15 do not. 

The Donald speaks.  In Rochester, Minnesota.

"Some of the Democrats have been talking about ending (coverage for) pre-existing conditions."

October 4, 2018

The Donald uttered this big fish tale during a rally for Republican candidates in Rochester, Minnesota.

What's fun about this is that it stands reality on its head.  Insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions is mandated by the Obamacare law, the Affordable Care Act.  The law was passed in 2010, by a Democrat-controlled Congress, without a single Republican vote in favor.

Since then, Republicans have tried repeatedly to dismantle the law.  At this moment, a lawsuit brought by 20 Republican governors and attorney generals is attempting to gut the pre-existing condition protections.

Is it possible that somewhere in America, there are Democrats talking about ending coverage for pre-existing conditions?  I suppose.  But if they are, they are it doing at home, while trapped inside a closet.   

For context, here is the full text of Trump's statement:

"We will always protect Americans with pre-existing conditions.  We’re going to take care of them.  Some of the Democrats have been talking about ending pre-existing conditions.  And some people have -- you know what I say?  We'll get a little more money from China.  It'll be just fine.  It'll be just fine.  We'll be just fine."

The full text is even better than the excerpt because it's fun when the President's remarks suddenly veer off the road and into a ditch.  

We're going to get more money from China?  To cover pre-existing conditions?  

He's right.  That will be just fine.  

Ice floes in the Canadian Arctic

"The ice caps were going to melt, they were going to be gone by now, but now they’re setting records, so okay, they’re at a record level."

January 26, 2018

The President's language often devolves into a meaningless word salad, so it isn't always clear what he's trying to say.  Here, it seems like it could go either way.  

Of course, we know that the Donald is a full-on climate denier.  And once again, if we go to a longer statement, we can get some context.  Like so:

"There is a cooling and there is a heating and I mean, look – it used to not be climate change – it used to be global warming.  That wasn’t working too well, because it was getting too cold all over the place.  The ice caps were going to melt, they were going to be gone by now, but now they’re setting records, so okay, they’re at a record level."

So yes, he is absolutely suggesting that the polar ice caps are not only not shrinking rapidly, they are growing and in fact are at a record size.

Is anything true about this statement?

It is the exact opposite of what is happening.

What is fun, or funny about this, you might ask?  

Well, it's funny in a French absurdist comedy sort of way.  It's fun in the way the Dark Ages in Europe were fun.  

It's funny because although these (and many other) statements were so easily debunked, by November Trump was insisting on Fox News that he is the only one who tells the truth. 

No.  It isn't real.  Photoshopped.

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