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Donald Trump’s favorite pastime is bragging about how people love him and thank him, frequently in tears, for all the wondrous change that he has effected in their lives. A frequent lie of his, which he has said no less than seven times since 2016, is that he was named Michigan’s “Man Of The Year,” due to being the biggest change-maker in the auto industry since Henry Ford, to hear him tell it. The problem with this boast is that nobody has ever heard of the award and that’s because it doesn’t exist. CNN’s intrepid journalist, Daniel Dale, started tracking down the facts after Trump claimed, yet again Thursday night in New Hampshire, to be the recipient of this mythical honor. Dale spoke with former Michigan GOP Congressman Dave Trott, who ostensibly gave Trump the award. Trott adds that the speech was well-received. He also adds that Trump insisted he had to tell the press that it was the largest Oakland County Lincoln Day Dinner crowd ever, even though Trott told him he had no idea if that was true. He says Trump claimed CBS said it was. — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 16, 2019 Trump got up and gave an acceptance speech for an non-existent award that he dreamt up on the spot, apparently, and people were too embarrassed to say anything. Maybe he took their silence for ratification of the idea that he was indeed “Man Of The Year.” And then he went out and broadcast his fantasy as fact six more times. And naturally, same old, same old, Trump fantasized a huge crowd to go along with his fictitious award. The man should write fairy tales, seriously. He could write about a boorish buffoon, whom everybody loathed, but then when the buffoon went into his Secret Space, he emerged into a world where everybody loved him, and was conferring honors on him left and right. In this world, the buffoon rides on the back of a unicorn into a stadium, brimming with screaming fans, and receives a new Honor each day, carried to him by lust crazed, scantily clad women, who throw themselves at his feet, while the crowd roars, and waves banners. The man is a fifth rate L. Ron Hubbard and he’s roosting in the Oval Office, tweeting, except for those delirium filled convocations with his adoring gaslit admirers, where he trots out his newest hallucinations, or recycles old ones. It’s doubtful that he even realizes that he ever made the stuff up to begin with. Rod Serling couldn’t write this, but you and I live it. By the way, #EmptySeatMAGATour is trending. Always some kill joy with a camera to pop Trump’s daydream du jour.
It is easy to sit back and be all cool about shit, and talk about the rubes who watch Fox News, and the stuff they want to believe so badly that they talk themselves into it. I do challenge people, however, to consider the impact upon you if you unknowingly throw yourself into a highly professional propaganda machine. Propaganda is a well-studied science and no one does it better than the Russians, and their nationalist far-right sympathizers. For that precise reason, it matters when Fox News refuses to back a Trump lie. Indeed, one of Trump’s latest was such whopper that even Neil Cavuto admitted he didn’t even know “where to begin” to debunk the lie. First, the lie, as reported by Huffington Post: Trump on Friday told White House reporters that “the tariffs are not being paid for by our people” but “by China” because “of devaluation and because they’re pumping money in.” “Remember this, our country is taking in billions and billions of dollars from China,” the president added. “We never took in 10 cents from China. And out of that many billions of dollars, we’re taking a part of it and giving it to the farmers because they’ve been targeted by China. The farmers, they come out totally whole.” Do you understand macro-economics? I do not. But, I listen to people who DO understand economics, and I find it straightforward when they explain that the cost of tariffs are simply passed directly on to the consumers. Okay, that makes total sense. Evidently, making sense is important enough to Neil Cavuto that he will – on rare occasions – call Trump out on the lie: “I don’t know where to begin here,” responded Cavuto, who on Wednesday entered into a war of words with Fox Business host Lou Dobbs about the government deficit under Trump. “But just to be clarifying, China isn’t paying these tariffs. You are. You know, indirectly and sometimes directly,” he explained. “It’s passed along to you through American distributors and their counterparts in the United States that buy this stuff from the Chinese and then have to pay these surcharges. Not the Chinese government or China in particular.” Yes, do note that it was Lou Dobbs’ show in which Cavuto appeared, and certainly note that dangerous and never-to-be-sufficiently-damned Lou Dobbs will carry the water for Trump, regardless of the truth. But anytime there is an “argument” at Fox News about Trump, you can bet that over half of Fox’s audience knows it’s due to water finding its way through “truth cracks” in the propaganda dam. The audience may not “care,” they might “immunize” themselves from the truth by not caring, but they do hear it. I find that important. As I noted in a previous article, breaking Trump is about breaking the mystique. The mystique pervades most strongly in the cable propaganda set up specifically to propel him forward. If Fox tells their viewers that Trump lied to them, on any one thing, it makes that voter/viewer more wary of the next lie. And this is not some “meaningless” lie. This is about money in that American’s pocket. If that voter visits Walmart tomorrow and notes the shoes “seem” more expensive than expected, there will be a part of their brain that entertains the possibility: “Am […]
Stephen Colbert does find a wonderful way to weave political commentary and comedy together, but he was more somber than usual, when speaking on this topic. TONIGHT: "President Obama separated the children," Trump lied. #LSSC pic.twitter.com/jtyJGlHkMQ — The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) April 10, 2019 Here’s what NPR says that happened. “The Obama administration did not do that, no. We did not separate children from their parents,” former Obama domestic policy adviser Cecilia Muñoz told NPR in May 2018. “This is a new decision, a policy decision put in place by the attorney general,” which Muñoz said “puts us in league with the most brutal regimes in the world’s history.” It was then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions who instituted the “zero tolerance” policy at the Southern border in April 2018, which resulted in children being separated from their parents who were taken into custody for criminal prosecution. The family separation policy is Trump’s worst, in an administration of non stop gaffes and stupid policies. Here he is dramatically stopping his own child separation policy, and now he’s trying to gaslight people that he’s actually stopping an Obama policy here. My God. POLITICS Trump Signs Order To End Family Separations A federal judge allowed a lawsuit challenging the policy last June, and Trump issued an executive order ending it. Still, as NPR’s Domenico Montanaro wrote last year, the Trump administration has been unwilling to take the blame for the policy of family separations because of the political optics. They emphatically do not want the optics. But the facts are, Sessions implemented the separation in April, 2018, Trump ended it in June, 2018, and now he’s blaming Obama? Oh, Please. We live in very strange times with a congenital, serial-liar is in the Oval Office.
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