IN TRUMP-LAND, FORMERLY KNOW AS AMERICA, TRUMPUTIN SEEMS TO FEEL THAT INDEPENDENCE DAY/THE 4TH OF JULY IS ALL ABOUT HIM…UGH.
So, if we are to truly celebrate all that TrumPutin truly is then, well, let’s present THE TRUTH… let us start shall we.
THE REAL TRUMPUTIN
The noise from wind turbines causes cancer. The wall is already being built. Mothers, in consultation with their doctors, execute their children. These are some of the boldest, most deranged lies Donald Trump has told since becoming the 45th president of the United States. But, as anyone with access to the Internet or TV knows, he’s also told hundreds of smaller lies about everything from not calling Tim Cook“Tim Apple” to the number of people at a Beto O’Rourke rally. And when we say the leader of the free world has told “hundreds” of lies, we actually mean closer to 10,000.
In a truly superhuman feat, The Washington Post has tallied all the “falsehoods” that have spewed from Trump’s mouth and fingers since January 20, 2017, to April 27, 2019. Per the Post, that’s a whopping 10,111 in 828 days. And the situation vis-à-vis the president being a pathological liar is getting markedly worse. After telling a mere 5,000 false and misleading statements during his first 601 days in office, the pace and frequency of the lies has accelerated such that he doubled his bullsh*t in just a third of the time, telling almost 23 lies a day in the seven-month period beginning in late October, during midterm elections.
After storming out of a meeting with members of Congress on Wednesday, President Trump held a press conference where he began with the phrase “I don’t do cover-ups.” The truth is Trump’s campaign and presidency have been filled with lies and cover-ups. Two of the most egregious examples are:
► Just days before the election in 2016, it was Trump who instructed his fixer Michael Cohen to funnel $130,000 in hush money to adult film star actress Stormy Daniels — money he reimbursed after taking office — in violation of campaign finance laws.
► When the news media first reported that senior members of the Trump’s team — including Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner — secretly met with Russian operatives promising dirt on Hillary Clinton in Trump Tower during the campaign, also in violation of campaign finance laws, Trump reportedly dictated the misleading statement by Trump Jr. claiming the meeting was about adoption policy.
The president’s strained relationship with the truth is well-documented. The Washington Post has identified more than 10,000 false or misleading statements that Trump made since assuming office.
The lies did not begin with his swearing in. For years, Trump built a personal brand of being a successful businessman, but he has since refused to release his taxes or any financial information during his campaign and presidency. The financial information the public has seen shows that he and his business have lost millions of dollars each year due to bad deals and investments.
BUT TRUMPUTIN ALSO IS…
The woman who accused Donald Trump of raping her at age 13 has droppedher civil suit against the GOP presidential nominee. The suit alleged that the victim, known only as Jane Doe, was raped at a party thrown by sex offender billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. The suit also alleged that Epstein raped her. Earlier this week, Trump’s accuser was scheduled to give a press conference alongside attorney Lisa Bloom, but canceled the event at the last minute. Bloom says the woman was fearful for her life.
In a statement to The Daily Beast’s Brandy Zadrozny, Trump attorney Alan Garten responded to the news saying, “We are disturbed by the behavior of the attorneys involved and are evaluating our options.”
Donald Trump’s infamous “grab her by the pussy” comment is just the tip of the iceberg: The president has a long history of sexual assault accusations and predatory remarks about women.
On October 7, 2016, the direction of Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign took a major turn when a 2005 video surfaced of the businessman turned presidential candidate boasting about how his celebrity privilege has allowed him to grope women and kiss them whether they want it or not. “I just start kissing them,” he told former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush. “It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy.”…
1992: A 10-year-old girl
Another damaging Trump video that emerged during the 2016 election cycle is a 1992 segment for Entertainment Tonight in which Trump made sexually suggestive remarks about a 10-year-old girl. Yes, really. While spotting the girl in front of an escalator, Trump quipped, “I’m going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?” To add even more disturbing perspective to this event, his daughter Ivanka Trump was also 10 years old at the time. He’s since joked that he would be dating her too, if she weren’t his daughter…
1992: Two 14-year-old girls
The same year, Trump made similar remarks to two 14-year-old girls, as the Chicago Tribune reported, linking to an archived story in its entertainment and gossip column. The wire report stated the incident occurred when Trump visited a youth choir outside of the Plaza Hotel. “He asked two of the girls how old they were,” it reads. “After they replied they were 14, Trump said, ‘Wow! Just think—in a couple of years I’ll be dating you.'”
1994: A 13-year-old girl
Trump has been accused of raping a 13-year-old girl in the apartment of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The case, which was recently filed for the third time in New York City, where the alleged rape occurred, consists of two affidavits filed by “Joan Doe” and “Tiffany Doe” which corroborate the victim’s story, as BuzzFeed reported. “Joan” says she was told about the assault after it happened, while “Tiffany,” who was apparently hired as a “recruiter” to bring young girls to Epstein’s apartment, alleges Trump and Epstein raped the victim more than once. Trump’s attorney has denied these accusations.
Late 1990s: Cathy Heller
Heller says she was at a Mother’s Day brunch at Mar-a-Lago with her family when her mother-in-law introduced her to Donald Trump. When she went to shake his hand, she says he pulled her toward him, and she tried to pull away. “He said, ‘Oh, come on,’ and he was angry,” she said. “He really grabbed me, and he was holding me very tight to kiss me on the mouth. He was strong.” She says she turned her head slightly so he couldn’t kiss her fully on the mouth, but she was still shaken and upset that he’d had the nerve to grab her in such a public manner—and in front of her family. Heller came forward with her story after Trump denied that he ever kissed women without their permission. “It drove me crazy,” she said. “It’s not just locker room talk. That’s who he is. He is a guy who grabs women.” A relative who says she was behind Heller when it happened supports her allegation, as does Heller’s husband, who was also present. The Trump campaign refuted the account.
LASTLY, TO GET THE FULL SENSE OF WHO TRUMPUTIN REALLY IS…
TRUMP’S LOVE FOR TYRANNY
The Chinese Communist Party’s attempt to allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely set off harsh criticism in China, as well as international opprobrium. But the power grab appears to have at least one fan: Donald Trump.
“He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great,” Trump said of Xi at a lunch and fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago estate, according to CNN, which obtained a recording of the remarks. “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin
What Trump said about him: “If he says great things about me, I’m going to say great things about him. I’ve already said, he is really very much of a leader. I mean, you can say, ‘Oh, isn’t that a terrible thing’—the man has very strong control over a country. Now, it’s a very different system, and I don’t happen to like the system. But certainly, in that system, he’s been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader.”
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte
What Trump said about him: “I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem.”
When: April 2017
Context: The Philippines president has boasted about killing suspected drug dealers when he was a local mayor. Extrajudicial killings of drugs suspects have risen since Duterte became president in June 2016. Trump reportedly favors the death penalty for drug dealers—presumably ones who have been convicted. The U.S. State Department noted last year that “police and unknown vigilantes have killed more than 6,000 suspected drug dealers and users as the government pursued a policy aimed at eliminating illegal drug activity in the country by the end of the year.” Human Rights Watch said“Duterte has plunged the Philippines into its worst human rights crisis since the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s and 1980s.” It added that Duterte’s most prominent critic was detained on “politically motivated drug charges.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
What Trump said about him: “Frankly, he’s getting very high marks. He’s also been working with the United States. We have a great friendship and the countries—I think we’re right now as close as we’ve ever been … a lot of that has to do with a personal relationship.”
When: September 2017
Context: The president’s remarks came shortly after Erdogan cracked down on Turkish civil society, the media, and his opponents. Erdogan accused members of democratic institutions of being part of a failed coup attempt against him the previous year. Trump even congratulated Erdogan after last year’s referendum that gave him—and subsequent presidents—more power.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
What Trump said about him: “We agree on so many things. I just want to let everybody know in case there was any doubt that we are very much behind President el-Sisi. He’s done a fantastic job in a very difficult situation. We are very much behind Egypt and the people of Egypt. The United States has, believe me, backing, and we have strong backing.”
When: April 2017
Context: Sisi, who seized power in a coup, has cracked down in Egypt, where a brief flirtation with democracy during the Arab Spring resulted in a Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government (which Sisi ousted). The U.S. State Department says the most serious human-rights problems there involve “excessive use of force by security forces, deficiencies in due process, and the suppression of civil liberties.” Human Rights Watch says Sisi’s government “maintained its zero-tolerance policy towards dissent… and [continued] near-absolute impunity for abuses by security forces under the pretext of fighting ‘terrorism.’”
Trump’s fondness for authoritarians may have more to do with how power is wielded than those who exercise it. It just so happens that Western governments have, for the past seven decades, mostly adhered to a system of the rule of law, which empowers institutions rather than individuals. Trump’s apparent preference is for a system in which one individual, presumably him, wields that power.
Just how much does Trump love dictators? He can tell you in his own words.
TWITTER PATRIOT, GLENN KIRSCHNER-
Who would have thought we see the day when we could take the word of Russian television over the word of our president and his Republican enablers in Congress.
QUOTES JULIA DAVIS-
#Russia‘s state TV host Evgeny Popov says that at the #G20, “Putin completely captivated Trump, we can now say with complete certainty that Trump is ours.” Co-host Olga Skabeeva adds: “He wants the U.S. to be just like Russia… and himself to be just like Putin.”
LET ME CLOSE AS I BEGAN:
SO, AS YOU GRILL, GATHER FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND SET OFF FIRE-WORKS…REMEMBER TO GIVE TRUMPUTIN HIS DUE.