Monday, February 06, 2017

He Can't Handle The Truth: Keep Pushing The Facts On President _____

Remember the inauguration and how Hair Furor got his panties in a bunch because the audience was minuscule? And remember when White House press secretary, and paid liar, Sean Spicer, lied about the crowd sizes? And then, best of all remember when serial lunatic Kellyanne Conway went on TV and actually said there were "alternative facts" to the story?

Well, that story, and the one about how Donald _____ lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by almost three million votes—and had another 8 million people vote against him and choose another candidate—are keeping the Tiny Fisted Tyrant awake at night.

So let’s keep it up ... here, courtesy of NPR, are some ... some ... of the White House's assertions here that are exaggerated or just plain lies:

THE ALTERNATIVE FACTS:
President _____ told members of Congress last week—just three days after his tiny inauguration—that there were 3 million illegal votes cast in the election; he said it again to ABC News's David Muir:
"You have people that are registered who are dead, who are illegals, who are in two states. You have people registered in two states. They're registered in a New York and a New Jersey. They vote twice. There are millions of votes, in my opinion."
THE FACTS:
Not true, no matter how many times _____ says it, and to whom he says it. In fact, his administration has never provided any evidence to support their lie, and even the studies they have cited do not substantiate the “alternative facts”; in fact, even the authors of those studies have said that the studies are being misused by _____.

ALTERNATIVE FACTS:
_____ pointed to a Pew study as evidence, but Muir pushed back, saying it showed "no evidence of voter fraud." _____ said the author was "groveling again. You know, I always talk about the reporters that grovel when they wanna write something that you wanna hear but not necessarily millions of people wanna hear or have to hear."

THE FACTS:
That 2012 Pew report does show that 2.8 million people are registered to vote in more than one state—in fact, ______’s beloved daughter was registered in two states, as was his puppet master, Steve Bannon—but that is not evidence of fraud unless people vote in both states. And the author is not "groveling" when he simply pushes back because his report is taken wildly out of context and twisted into falsehoods.

ALTERNATIVE FACTS:
_____ on his victory:
"No, no, you have to understand, I had a tremendous victory, one of the great victories ever. In terms of counties, I think the most ever or just about the most ever. When you look at a map it's all red."
THE FACTS: 
Trump did have an overwhelming victory, countywise, but he still lost the popular vote; and his Electoral College victory ranked 46th out of 58 presidential elections which can hardly be called “tremendous.

Sean Spicer, lying, again, to the press on January 24:
"He won overwhelmingly with 306 electoral votes, the most since any Republican since Reagan. He's very comfortable with the depth and breadth of the support that he got from the American people and the 33 states that voted for him, the nine of 13 battleground states, the 2,600 counties. He's very, very pleased with that."

THE FACTS: 
Actually, _____ ended up with just 304 Electoral votes because two electors in Texas ... in Texas ... defected. In addition, his victory wasn't the largest GOP win since Reagan—George H.W. Bush won 426 electoral votes in 1988.

ALTERNATIVE FACTS:
_____, on reaction to his CIA speech
"I got a standing ovation. In fact, they said it was the biggest standing ovation since Peyton Manning had won the Super Bowl and they said it was equal. I got a standing ovation. It lasted for a long period of time. What you do is take — take out your tape — you probably ran it live. I know when I do good speeches. I know when I do bad speeches. That speech was a total home run. They loved it." 
THE FACTS:
_____ never told the CIA officers to sit at the beginning of his speech, and it's standard protocol that, without a directive from the president, they don’t sit down; it wasn’t a standing ovation, they had been standing the whole time because Hair Furor forgot to say, “Please be seated.”
PS there were over 70,000 people at the Super Bowl _____ mentioned and he believes his crowd of about five hundred gave a longer ovation? Delusional much? In addition, _____ brought along 400 of his own staffers to hear him speak and to applaud at every turn.

ALTERNATIVE FACTS;
_____ on his inauguration crowd size
"I had the largest audience. I did. I had the largest audience. If you add the television, you add all the sources, the largest audience in the history of inaugurations. I did. They try and demean it so much. And when you look at pictures — I would love to show you a picture, when I was in that speech, I looked at, it was a sea of people and they want to demean it. I don't even know when that picture was taken by the way, to be honest with you. But it wasn't taken from where I was. They take a picture from the back, from the Washington Monument, a backward picture. They are so demeaning and they are so dishonest."
THE FACTS: 
Side-by-side photos taken during the same time frame of _____'s inauguration and President Obama's clearly show a larger crowd eight years ago. And as for the "backward" picture — the Obama photo was taken from the exact same angle.
According to Nielsen, 30.6 million people watched _____'s inauguration, but 38 million watched President Obama's first inauguration in 2009. It's tougher to determine how many people streamed the inauguration, but CNN reported they actually had a larger streaming audience for Obama's inauguration than _____'s.

ALTERNATIVE FACTS:
_____ on Syrian refugees
"Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough to get into the United States? If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair, everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair."
THE FACTS:
A Pew Research study shows that roughly the same number of Muslim refugees and Christian refugees were admitted to the U.S. in 2016. And while Christian refugees from Syria were admitted in far less numbers than Muslim refugees, they make up only about 5% of the population. And, when looking at Iraqi refugees, Christians made up about 15% of those admitted to the U.S. even though they make up less than 1% of the Iraqi population.

ALTERNATIVE FACTS:
______’s crime claims
"Chicago is like a war zone....when President Obama was there two weeks ago making a speech, very nice speech. Two people were shot and killed during his speech. You can't have that."
THE FACTS: 
As the Chicago Tribune reports, police records show that, "Not only did no homicides take place in Chicago during Obama's address of about an hour Jan. 10, but the official Police Department records and the Tribune's crime database show that no shootings at all occurred over that time frame."

_____, at a GOP House retreat in Philadelphia on January 26:
"Here in Philadelphia, the murder rate has been steady — I mean just terribly increasing." 

THE FACTS: 
There were just 277 homicides in Philadelphia in 2016, down from 280 the year before; and that number is steadily down from 2007, when there were 391 murders. To be fair, there have been 27 murders so far in 2017—10 more than in 2016 at this time—but, as the Washington Post notes, "that is too small a sample size to say violence is 'terribly increasing.'"

ALTERNATIVE FACTS:
Sean Spicer, on American-made products and American jobs
"And the President's top priority is to retain and attract American jobs, which have already seen happening through his actions on Carrier, Sprint, General Motors and so many more." 
THE FACTS: 
When _____ touted that he had saved 1,000 Carrier jobs from going to Mexico, it was hailed as evidence that his aggressive approach to keeping manufacturing jobs would work. In fact, the Carrier deal saved less than half of the jobs there, and some of those Carrier jobs will eventually be lost to automation. Ultimately, about 1,000 jobs will still move to Mexico.
After _____ called out GM for making their Chevy Cruze in Mexico, the company pointed out that the main model sold in the U.S. is manufactured in Ohio. And, when GM announced they would move a production for parts from Mexico to Michigan, adding 450 jobs, and also move IT jobs back to the United States. _____ claimed credit, but GM said the move had been planned for a long time.

ALTERNATIVE FACTS:
Sean Spicer, lying at another press briefing:
"...buy America and hire America is at the core of the president's plan to create an economy that works for everyone..." 
THE FACTS: 
Many of Trump's own signature pieces sold at his clubs and clothing from his daughter Ivanka's clothing line are made overseas.

Sean Spicer, on the federal workforce
"This memorandum counters through dramatic expansion of the federal workforce in recent years."
THE FACTS: 
There were nearly 2.8 million federal workers when Obama took office and when he left the number was slightly over 2.8 million; hardly a “dramatic expansion.” The only dramatic increase happened in April 2010, when the government hired hundreds of thousands of temporary census workers, which happens every 10 years.

So, remember y’all, there are facts and there are alternative facts, and if you keep reminding ______ and his team that they are liars and that you know it, and that you will call them out for being liars at every turn, you’ll keep them on the ropes.

And that will make it so much easier come Impeachment Season.

Carry on, Resistors.


3 comments:

Frank said...

Every single one of their lies is calculated and purposeful. And the deplorables eat them up starved deplorables (I don't want to insult wolves, dogs, animals of any kind).

the dogs' mother said...

Facts is facts. :-)

Helen Lashbrook said...

Am I the only one who's noticed that Keystone Cop Conway is looking as though she hasn't had time for her regular top up of virgin blood recently? Or maybe she is the picture of Dorian Grey?