Today I want to debunk a couple of right wing myths and call, as Dr. Maddow would say, “Bullpucky” on a recent White House statement. Let’s explore.
Today most Americans live in two different spheres of information; effectively many are living in an alternate universe when it comes to what they perceive as fact. Just about a year ago in defense of a demonstrable lie about the inauguration crowd size, White House mouthpiece Kellyanne Conway called them, “Alternative facts”. I know I’m not going to convince the Trump base that their reality is in fact (real facts) fiction; but I hope to give the rest of my readers some ammunition with which to debunk the lies. Plain and simple, alternate facts are lies.
Friday President Trump had his physical which was administered by a Navy admiral who is also a physician. In its wake the White House issued a statement glowing about how well it went and how unbelievably health the President is. They put out the statement under the “name” of the physician. The admiral’s name is Ronny Johnson; the statement was under the name Ronnie Johnson. I have on rare occasion mistyped my rather long last name by transposing two letters. Thankfully spell check picks that error up. My first name also ends in “y” and I have never replaced that letter with the letters “ie”. This statement is what I would call fake news and it came out of the office run by Hope Hicks and Sarah Huckabee-Sanders. Enough said – consider the sources.
Trump, his base and his enablers have been in a desperate conspiracy to debunk “The Dossier” claiming it was the basis of what they portray as a witch hunt. By now we have learned that “The Dossier” simply substantiated other intelligence that the FBI had previously received. In fact the drunken revelations of Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos certain occurred prior to the FBI’s receipt of “The Dossier”. It was the basis of an earlier tip from a friendly foreign intelligence service.
Now we need to look at the history of the money behind the report. It was initially paid for by the Washington Free Beacon with Republican donor Paul Singer’s money. Singer was backing Marco Rubio in the early stages of the 2016 Republican primary. After Rubio dropped out – and suddenly decided serving in the Senate wasn’t so bad after all – and Trump became the apparent nominee Singer cut off funding. Subsequent to that forces aligned with Hillary Clinton did fund the project. “The Dossier” was originally a GOP funded project and was not what started the investigation.
Now as to the FBI being on Clinton’s side during the 2016 campaign I’d like to review a few facts; real ones. The FBI was investigating both Clinton and the Trump campaign prior to the election. On several occasions then FBI Director James Comey made public statements about the Clinton investigation that hurt her campaign. There were no statements made about the investigation into the Trump campaign possibly conspiring with the Russians. I think Trump got the better end of that!
The Trump administration claims to be fully cooperating with the Congressional and Robert Mueller’s investigations. That is malarkey if I ever heard any! Judge them by their actions not their rhetoric. Jeff Sessions has been in open session several times and he is either even less intelligent than his critics think or has selective amnesia. I have seen no evidence to convince me that he is very bright but I still strongly opt for the latter.
From what we know of several other members of the “clan” it appears they have cloudy memories when they are asked tough questions. On more than one occasion they have obstructed the Congressional Committees by claiming non-existent privilege as a reason for not answering questions. The most amusing was when Donald Trump, Jr. claimed attorney-client privilege for a conversation he had with his father; neither of whom is an attorney. While I also am not an attorney, I’d suggest many of these witnesses may be obstructing justice. They are certainly being less than open, forthright and cooperative.
Going back to my opening example of Trump’s “doctor’s note” I’d like to review the definition of fraud I remember from school. Fraud is defined as “The deliberate misrepresentation of a material fact with the intent to deceive.” The name at the end of the White House statement can’t just be a typo. Whether the content came from a licensed MD or a paid liar is material to me. As to intent, that is difficult to prove, but I’ll rest my case on history.
Fraud: that’s not a bad way to define the Trump administration and right wing mythology.
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