Tuesday Reads: Trump’s Big Lies Are Getting Bigger and More Outrageous

Good Morning!!

Trump’s lies are getting worse. It’s difficult to believe, I know; but it’s true. Here are just two of the outrageous claims Trump made at his El Paso hate rally last night.

As usual, Trump told fantastic lies about the number of cult followers he attracted to his hate rally.

Politico: El Paso Fire Department denies Trump’s crowd claim at rally.

During his rally at the El Paso County Coliseum, Trump touted his base supporters, saying “there has never been anything like this in the history of our country.”

“If you would say as an example that tonight 69,000 people signed up to be here,” he said. “Now the arena holds 8,000. And thank you, fire department. They got in about 10,000. Thank you, fire department. Appreciate it.”

The El Paso Fire Department, however, said Trump’s statement was untrue.

Fire public information officer Enrique Aguilar told the El Paso Times on Monday that Trump did not receive any special permission to exceed the limit and confirmed that there were 6,500 people inside the building during the president’s rally. The coliseum holds about 6,500 people. There were also thousands more watching Trump’s speech on big screens outside the facility.

Aguilar added that “it might be 10,000 with the people outside,” but said that the fire department didn’t specifically track the number of people outside of the coliseum, the El Paso Times reported.

During the rally, Trump repeatedly attacked the media, and one supporter physically attacked them.

Buzzfeed News: A Trump Supporter Attacked Journalists After The President Blasted The Media At His Texas Rally.

A man wearing a Make America Great Again hat barreled into the press pit at Trump’s rally in El Paso, Texas, Monday night and started shoving reporters, knocking over their equipment, and yelled “fuck the media,” minutes after the president had lashed out at journalists.

About half way through his lengthy, campaign-style speech, Trump ridiculed the media for “refusing to acknowledge” his administration’s successes, invoking loud boos and jeers from the crowd.

“I guess 93% of the stories are negative. No matter what we do, they figure out a way to make it that,” the president said, rattling off topics, such as North Korea, the economy, and manufacturing, which he feels that the media has unfairly skewed.

As Trump went on touting how his successes, a man in a red MAGA hat suddenly burst toward the group of reporters and photographers who were covering the speech, pushing them over, knocking their cameras and tripods, and repeatedly yelling, “fuck the media.”

Trump saw the attack and asked if everyone was OK before going back to his blatant lying. But who made sure there was no protection for reporters and camera people at the hate rally? More from the Buzzfeed story:

Several reporters told BuzzFeed News that there were no security guards or police officers near the press arena until “after the photographer got shoved.”

“I am calling bullshit on the way that and the way he got escorted out,” said Jorge Salgado, a photographer who captured part of the incident. “He was violent. He was pro-trump and wearing a ‘Fund the Wall’ shirt’ and he came out of nowhere.”

For a moment, Rene Delgadillo, a producer with Telemundo 48 in El Paso, said she thought the man “was going to hit us.”

She and a reporter were taking notes when she said heard a man scream and then start pushing other reporters down as he “made his way through the space designated for media.”

“People went crazy during that moment,” she said of the crowd around them.

Howard Dean tweeted about the rally this morning.

I think Trump has sounded like Hitler for a very long time, but it’s still good to see someone like Dean calling attention to it.

Shortly after the incident in the press pen, Trump again attacked the media. From Vox:

Trump’s speech on Monday was his first at a rally in 2019. He set the tone by attacking the media just seconds into it, saying, “Look at all the press back there, can you believe that? This is like the Academy Awards used to be. They’ve gone down a long way since they started hitting us a little bit, right? That was a long fall, but there they are.”

The crowd responded with loud boos.

About 10 minutes after Skeans was attacked, Trump laid into the media again while deflecting from the notion that his campaign colluded with Russia.

“There’s also collusion between the Democrats and the fake news, right here,” he said, prompting more “CNN sucks!” chants….

As was the case both during his presidential campaign and the recent midterm cycle, attacking the media was one of Trump’s central themes on Monday night. At one point, he called fact-checkers “some of the most dishonest people in media.” He also mockingly mimickedreporters who try to cover him.

Responding Trump’s lies about abortion (see video above) Vox’s Anna North writes that we’d better pay attention to the way Trump and his gang are lying about abortion: Trump’s misleading comments about Gov. Ralph Northam and infanticide…may be part of a broader strategy.

At a rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday, President Donald Trump accused Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, of supporting infanticide.

“The governor stated that he would even allow a newborn baby to come out into the world,” Trump told the crowd, “and wrap the baby, and make the baby comfortable, and then talk to the mother and talk to the father and then execute the baby. Execute the baby!”

Unfortunately Northam and a VA lawmaker contributed to the confusion around a VA bill.

Kathy Tran

The controversy started when Del. Kathy Tran, the bill’s sponsor, was asked in a committee hearing if the bill would allow an abortion when a woman is showing signs of labor.

“My bill would allow that,” Tran said.

Tran later said that she “misspoke” in the committee hearing, and that “I should have said: ‘Clearly, no, because infanticide is not allowed in Virginia, and what would have happened in that moment would be a live birth.’”

But the controversy had already begun. On January 30, Gov. Northam was asked on the Virginia radio station WTOP to give his thoughts on Tran’s response.

“Do you support her measure?” reporter Julie Carey asked. “Explain her answer.”

“This is why decisions such as this should be made by providers, physicians, and the mothers and fathers that are involved,” Northam said. “When we talk about third-trimester abortions,” he went on, “it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities. There may be a fetus that’s nonviable.”

“If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen,” he added. “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

Obviously, the point is that some babies are born with no chance of survival. Doctors and parents will decide how to handle these tragic cases. No one supports “executing” babies. The bill has now been tabled, but Trump and the GOP will keep hammering this lie indefinitely.

I don’t really understand the Beto O’Rourke craze; maybe I’m just too old and jaded to get excited about another great white hope. I’ve tried watching his speeches and they leave me cold. But he did try to fight back against Trump last night.

Politico: Beto takes on Trump in tale of 2 mega-rallies.

EL PASO, Texas — The showdown between Donald Trump and Beto O’Rourke Monday night over the president’s border wall unfolded at competing rallies with thousands of people in venues barely a block apart.

But the events practically took place in parallel universes: One with rowdy MAGA-gear wearing Trump backers chanting “USA, USA!”; the other serenaded by a mariachi band before O’Rourke took the stage for a lengthy takedown — at times in Spanish — of the president’s signature project….

O’Rourke was mobbed by thousands of supporters as they marched to a baseball field so close to Trump’s rally that the loud speakers from Trump’s event could be heard at O’Rourke’s.

“With the eyes of the country upon us, all of us together are going to make our stand, here in one of the safest cities in the United States of America,” O’Rourke said. “Safe not because of walls, but in spite of walls. Secure because we treat one another with dignity and respect.”

He said, “We are the example that the United States of America needs right now.”

Read more details at the link above.

I’ll end with something truly unbelievable–the GOP has stolen Hillary’s 2016 slogan! And she noticed.

Unreal.

What else is happening? What stories have you been following?

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52 Comments on “Tuesday Reads: Trump’s Big Lies Are Getting Bigger and More Outrageous”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Have a great Tuesday, Sky Dancers!

    We’re supposedly getting a big snowstorm later today, up to 8 inches. Maybe it will really happen, but the weather predictions haven’t been that accurate this winter.

    • Joanelle says:

      We got about an inch this morning here in no, then it turned to freezing rain. It’s just a sprinkle now

    • dakinikat says:

      Stay warm and inside!!!

    • NW Luna says:

      8 inches? Lolol! We’ve now got a total of 18+ inches! Thankfully the temp is a crucial couple of degrees more warm and the snow’s turning to slush. The arterials are clear but there’s still so much on less traveled roads and in my neighborhood that it’s difficult to drive even on the level without getting stuck or hydroplaning on any slight slope. I hope we get a nice long rain for days to wash this white stuff away.

      • bostonboomer says:

        I feel for you guys. At least we know how to deal with it. My sister lives in Portland now, and she says they only have two snow plows.

        • NW Luna says:

          We have 30-something plows. So many hills, though. Some buses and other vehicles even the plowed arterials are sliding. It’s not unusual to get a couple inches of snow a winter, but never this much for so many days. Now with temps warming and rain coming in we’ve got flood warnings!

          • bostonboomer says:

            Stay safe and warm!

          • NW Luna says:

            Thanks! Went out walking this afternoon. In tire tracks in the foot-deep snow there was about 3″ of slushy water. They’re predicting nighttime temps below freezing for much of this week so that’s bad for night and morning travel. But this should be over before another week.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    The Trump folks want to use disaster funds to pay for Trump’s wall.

    Politico: ‘It will create a firestorm’: Mulvaney’s border wall cash grab sparks dissent in White House

    The emerging consensus among acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and top budget officials is to shift money from two Army Corps of Engineers’ flood control projects in Northern California, as well as from disaster relief funds intended for California and Puerto Rico. The plan will also tap unspent Department of Defense funds for military construction, like family housing or infrastructure for military bases, according to three sources familiar with the negotiations.

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  5. dakinikat says:

    Trump’s klan are a group of brown shirt good ol’ boyz. They better throw him in jail before he hits the campaign trail again or it’s just going to escalate from where it’s already been.

  6. dakinikat says:

    Trump is going on the unhinged side of the forced birthers as you mentioned BB … the ob/gyns and nurses are all over it…

  7. Pat Johnson says:

    Watching the snow fall and happy that this season to not have to worry about shoveling, chipping off ice, and seeing the plows jam the bottom of my driveway. I park underground in the condo!

    Like you, bb, not sure about Beto. So far he does nothing for me. I like Amy, Kamala, and I am hoping Sherrod Brown joins the group in announcing.

    However, can we take another primary season with Trump? I cannot stand to see his orange face let alone listen to his voice.

    But he has the “Mussolini” impression down pat. I detest him on a level I never thought possible.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I’m also enjoying the snow now that I no longer have to shovel.

      • NW Luna says:

        My back is telling me it’s not used to shoveling snow, no matter how careful my posture and body mechanics. Our house is on a corner, which means twice as much sidewalk to shovel.

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        • bostonboomer says:

          Luna, be careful not to overdo shoveling. The exercise can start to feel good, but you have to take breaks. Just do 20-30 mins at a time or so and don’t try to lift too much at a time. I know this from long experience.

          • NW Luna says:

            Nurse practitioners make bad patients! We don’t always listen to our own advice, let along that of friends. But yes, I’ve been shoveling for a 10 minutes, stop and rest for a few minutes, and start again.

            Subtract about 2″ and that tweet of dakinikat’s at 4:18 is what my neighborhood looks like.

          • bostonboomer says:

            Just think about what we went through here in 2014-15 with 110.6 inches of snow! I couldn’t get my car out of the driveway for more than a month.

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    Powerful ad for Mark Kelly, husband of Gabriella Giffords, who’s running for AZ senate seat.

  15. Carissa says:

    I’m with you on the Beto Love Fest. Not getting it. And, yeah, maybe I’m just jaded. But Lawrence O’Donnell’s gushing coverage last night was too much.

  16. Minkoff Minx says:

    Oh how I loved that tweet from Hillary!