On Friday, Donald Trump called for America to “unify as a nation in peace, love, and in harmony.” Then went on to attack the press, the Democratic Party, and anyone who challenged him as if one of his supporters had not just taken his words as a prescription to mail pipebombs around the country. The very next words from Trump’s mouth were a complaint about the “the media’s constant unfair coverage, deep hostility, and negative attacks” which Trump blamed for the real political divide. And then, after insisting again that all he wanted was “honest coverage” — then as CNN reports Trump went on to lie, attack, and lie so big … or is it bigly … that “lie” seems inadequate.
In his discussion of health care, Trump insisted that Democrats “want to end Medicare.” Which isn’t just a lie, it’s the opposite of the truth. And it was just the first of several, as he followed it up with claims about how the Republicans wanted to protect Americans whose medical coverage was threatened by preconditions, but Democrats did not.
When it came to immigration, Trump took the already inflated lies that had been his standard approach to the subject and inflated them even further.
Trump: The Democrats want to invite caravan after caravan of illegal immigrants into our country and they want to sign up them for free health care, welfare, and they want to sign them up for the right to vote.
Which is a lie, followed by a lie, compounded with a lie, trailed by a lie — all built on top of an assumption. That’s a lie.
And that is “honest coverage” of Trump’s statements. But of course, Trump doesn’t want honest coverage. He wants what he gets from Fox — fawning repetition and a whole crew of anchors who work overtime to generate justification, even if it requires them to bend logic like pretzels.
Trump’s demand for “civility” did not mean that the rally missed it’s signature “lock her up” moment as he talking about “Crooked Hillary.” His claims that he wanted to end divisiveness didn’t mean that he didn’t devote a large share of his discussion to attacking Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and the Trump-declared leader of the Democratic Party, Maxine Waters. His sole concession to the fact that one of his rally-goers had just tried to carry out the simultaneous assassination of two former presidents was that he didn’t actually say his signature phrase “low IQ” when talking about Congresswoman Waters — but only after he made clear that his rally crowd knew the words, and that he was thinking them.
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