It’s time to Break It Down!
In the rapidly changing world fashioned by digital communications, our current President is not only the Commander-in-Chief, but also the King of the Twitterverse. As such, his regular tweet screeds often determine the course of the daily news cycle. While his regime routinely complains and “blamesplains” that his policy agenda suffers due to the Main Stream Media’s (MSM) fixation with fake news, it is paradoxically not infrequent that the fake news emanates from the Twitter King himself. Such is the case in the instance I will discuss in today’s brief post.
Courtesy of CNN Politics, I will deconstruct one of #45’s tweets from yesterday. At 6:10 A.M. yesterday, @realDonaldTrump tweeted:
“Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia – so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met. “FAKE NEWS!””
Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia – so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met. FAKE NEWS!
6:10 AM – 12 Dec 2017
This one tweet contains three seeds of deception, three elements of deflection, three statements that if made by anyone else, would be called lies. Full stop! They are:
- Trump says that “the Democrats” have spent “millions of dollars” and “wasted” thousands of hours in an attempt to prove he colluded with Russians during the 2016 campaign.
Not even remotely true. Robert Mueller, Special Counsel; a former GOP appointed FBI Director, was appointed Special Council by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who works under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a longtime Republican. Sessions was nominated for his AG position by Trump, of course. Democrats have certainly promoted the idea that the available evidence suggests collusion occurred. But, Democrats, as we know, do not control the Justice Department, or the House, or the Senate. Republican appointees or Republican elected officials are leading all the current investigations.
- Trump says no collusion with Russia has been shown
Doesn’t move the truth meter at all. #45 has consistently insisted that there is no collusion. In the wide world of conceivable possibilities, that could be true. But from the perspective of Mr. Trump’s assertion, at best, that is an unknown at this moment in time. No one – not Robert Mueller, and not the Congressional committees investigating the matter – has said anything definitive about collusion. Speaking of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which he chairs, Republican NC Sen. Richard Burr said in October, “The committee continues to look into all evidence to see if there was any hint of collusion.” Mr. Mueller hasn’t spoken publicly about the investigation.
- Trump has said he doesn’t know and has never met the women accusing him of sexual harassment
That makes it a tidy three for three. Ms. Summer Zervos, one of Trump’s accusers appeared on the fifth season of “The Apprentice.” Obviously, Mr. Trump met her. In fact he even conceded he did. He said, “I vaguely remember Ms. Zervos as one of the many contestants on “The Apprentice” over the years.” Moreover, as with all things “Apprentice,” there is film of Trump firing her in the first episode of Season 5, which aired in 2006: (https://www.thedailybeast.com/watch-donald-trump-fired-his-apprentice-accuser-summer-zervos-for-interrupting-him)
In the previous year, 2005, Natasha Stoynoff went to Mar-A-Lago to do a story for People magazine on Trump’s marriage to Melania Trump on the one-year anniversary of their nuptials. She interviewed Donald and Melania. It’s fair to say, they met each other.
And, for the cherry on top, to start the week, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders insisted during her briefing on Monday that, “in terms of the specific eyewitness accounts (disputing the allegations) there have been multiple reports, and I’d be happy to provide them to you after the briefing has completed.” Here’s the rub. If Trump has never met these women, and doesn’t know them, how can there be “eyewitness accounts” that call into question the veracity of the accusations made against Trump?
That’s three, er um, shall we say, inaccuracies in one King of Twitter tweet. People who follow this kind of thing closely note this is the rule, rather than the exception for His Majesty. Several outlets, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN have reported that Trump frequently operates in the realm of the untrue. According to WaPo’s Fact Checker, #45 is making 5.5 misleading or totally false statements every day he is in office. I guess when that’s one’s M.O., it’s good to be the King…”The Twitter King: Fake it ‘Til You Make It!”
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