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This Week in Alternative Facts

NPR has started a new feature called “This Week in Trump’s ‘Alternative Facts’“. It is basically another fact-checking service, but more real time, and focusing on things that Trump and his close aides and advisors say.

This week’s lies include:

  • Trump’s claims that 3 to 5 million illegal votes were cast in the presidential election (“This is not true, no matter now many times Trump and his surrogates repeat it.”),
  • Trump’s claim that his election victory was “one of the great victories ever” (it ranked 46th out of 58 presidential elections, close to the bottom),
  • Trump’s press secretary’s claim that Trump won the most electoral votes of any Republican since Reagan (George H.W. Bush got more in 1988),
  • Trump’s claim that his speech to the CIA was “one standing ovation, the whole thing.” (“Trump never told the CIA officers to sit at the beginning of his speech, and it is standard protocol without a directive from the president, they wouldn’t have sat down”.),
  • Trump’s claim that his inauguration crowd had “the largest audience in the history of inaugurations.” (all available evidence shows that it was not even close),
  • Trump’s claim that it is far easier for a Muslim from Syria to get into the US that for a Christian from Syria (yes, more Muslims than Christians were admitted from Syria, but Christians make up only 5% of the population of that country),
  • Trump’s claims that during Obama’s recent speech in Chicago, two people were shot and killed in Chicago (completely made up — not only did nobody die from a shooting, nobody was even shot during Obama’s speech),
  • Trump’s press secretary’s claims that “buy America and hire America is at the core of the president’s plan” (Trump companies — including his daughter Ivanka’s clothing line and pieces sold at his clubs — are made overseas),
  • Trump’s press secretary’s claim that there has been a “dramatic expansion of the federal workforce in recent years.” (the federal workforce has largely remained steady, and the only thing that could possibly be called a dramatic increase happened in April 2010, when the government hired temporary census workers like it does every 10 years).

My only question is, when is Trump going to sign an executive order abolishing NPR?

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  1. ebdoug wrote:

    All the symptoms of a narcissist. Plus his EO this weekend leaving all those people up in the air. It is no wonder his wife wants nothing to do with him. Neither he nor his minders cared about the disruption. “I am the dictator, i can do what I want when I want.”
    Two very sad things:
    1)after the interview Wednesday, running his hand over the picture of the crowd at the ignorant to try to convince the interviewer that the crowd was bigger than it was “See around the corner”

    2) Grabbing May’s hand along the walk while he was looking down. This is typical Alzheimer’s behavior where depth distances can’t be processed. His father died of Alzheimer’s. Hum, that certainly would be reason for impeachment.

    Monday, January 30, 2017 at 4:24 am | Permalink
  2. Ralph wrote:

    Number of EO’s issued by Gropenfuhrer in Week 1: 5. That’s more than 1/day, considering the WH workweek is now M-F (minus Taco Tuesdays), on pace for over 1,000 in his first term alone.
    Number of EO’s by Obama: 275/8yrs.

    Remember when Obama was branded a dictator by Republicans for all his EO’s? Good times!

    The only question is how long Ryan, McConnell & Co. will continue to be his doormat until they finally wake up to the Faustian bargain they made and grow a backbone for the sake of the country they so deeply profess to love, if not for what remains of their party’s tattered integrity.

    In any event, this Administration is proving to be a litmus test for the strength and limits of our democratic institutions, and the Republican Party in particular, like no other since Nixon.

    Monday, January 30, 2017 at 8:32 am | Permalink
  3. Ralph wrote:

    BTW, here’s an interesting map for comparison. Red = Trump banned countries. Yellow = predom. Muslim countries not banned w/ Trump properties. Coincidence?

    Monday, January 30, 2017 at 8:52 am | Permalink
  4. Jennifer wrote:

    The top-10 Muslim countries include only one in Trump’s ban. If he really wanted to get going, he’d put Indonesia, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh on the list. Maybe he’s saving them for round II.

    And we’re lucky that NPR is privately funded; if it received any government funds you KNOW they would have been cut off by now.

    Monday, January 30, 2017 at 11:35 am | Permalink
  5. notycoon22 wrote:

    Jennifer, NPR received funding from the Corporation for Pubic Broadcasting and there is already movement on the part of the Publicans to defund CPB. I only wish you were right.

    Monday, January 30, 2017 at 12:35 pm | Permalink
  6. notycoon22 wrote:

    I understand that Drumpf is now backing away from the need for an investigation. Too bad.

    Friday, February 3, 2017 at 7:26 pm | Permalink