In the film, The Death of Stalin, a concerto is broadcast but not recorded. Stalin calls the studio and demands a recording, whereupon the director has to gather the audience and orchestra back to repeat the performance so it can be recorded.
For the Trump regime, reality only exists in its mediated, reproduced form. Darn that Matrix, making the El Paso Fire Department into an agent of the Deep State.
That was the Trump speech in El Paso last night, with twitter-bots boosting the crowd size and attempting to diminish a counter-rally of at least equivalent size meeting a block away. Even Laura Ingraham was enlisted to pimp the crowd size.
— POTUS on the Pot (@potusonthepot69) February 12, 2019
During a rally Trump held on Monday night in El Paso, Texas, a BBC cameraman filming the event was allegedly assaulted by a Trump supporter wearing a red Make America Great Again hat https://t.co/8BzvSkOnbv
— Fast Company (@FastCompany) February 12, 2019
Dogs everywhere breathing a collective sigh of relief. https://t.co/dYTPBAQDkv
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) February 12, 2019
We’ve finally moved into overt use of the word lying. Good https://t.co/j9vmcaZ3hk
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) February 12, 2019
Despite the active measures, ethics may yet make a comeback in this Congress.
“В действительности, дело еще серьезнее – Россия вмешивается в их мозг, и они не знают, что делать с собственным измененным сознанием.”
This is a pointed riff on idea of elex interference. /2
The West should have learned from Russia’s attacks on Ukraine and maybe wouldn’t have been blindsided by similar attacks that occurred in Europe and America. For any Russian speakers this is the link to the manual. Can’t translate because it’s 300+ pages https://t.co/65BeGupAB9
— Olga Lautman (@olgaNYC1211) February 12, 2019
One of the Russian companies charged over election meddling complains that it was "never offered an opportunity to avoid its own prosecution." pic.twitter.com/sJ4YdsEp7e
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) February 12, 2019
I'm sorry, Qatar *unknowingly* bailed out the most high profile distressed commercial real estate investment in America? Can Qatar credibly argue that it's been in a coma for the last two years? https://t.co/E4wln1WCM5
— Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) February 12, 2019
The House Judiciary Committee has hired ex-Obama official Norm Eisen and criminal defense attorney Barry Berke as special oversight counsels to "consult on oversight matters related to the Department of Justice, including the Department's review of … Mueller's investigation."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 12, 2019
“And now, the Cabinet on parade!” Hopefully each cabinet member will pull a small float with a diorama about what their department does. https://t.co/m2XHqFlVMX
— David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) February 12, 2019
In trying to diss Beto, Trump brags that his rally audience has 35,000 people.
Fact check: The El Paso County Coliseum is only a 6,500-seat arena. pic.twitter.com/xIrDfePB0H
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) February 12, 2019
Trump crowd size: 13,000 according to El Paso fire department. 6,000 inside, 7,000 outside, no special changes made to fit Trump's claim of 10,000 inside, and 'tens of thousands outside' claim mercilessly debunked
Beto crowd size: 15,000 according to El Paso fire department
— Cyril Kain (@KainCyril) February 12, 2019
The problem, of course, is that Trump either has no idea what he’s talking (point) (“about”) or he assumes you’re easily fooled.
According to law enforcement data, the city had low crime rates well before a border barrier was constructed between 2008 and mid-2009.
- Violent crime has been dropping in El Paso since its modern-day peak in 1993 and was at historic lows before a fence was authorized by Congress in 2006. Violent crime actually ticked up during the border fence’s construction and after its completion, according to police data collected by the FBI.
As Trump lies go, this one stands out for a couple of reasons. First, it was carefully scripted. It’s one thing when the president peddles nonsense because he got confused by something he saw on television, or because he cooked up some oddity in his overactive imagination. But in a State of the Union address, which the Republican read from his trusted teleprompter, the standards are supposed to be higher.
And yet, Trump’s claims were brazenly untrue. At no point in recent memory was El Paso one of the nation’s most dangerous cities, and at no point after it received border barriers did the city see a sharp drop in the crime rate.