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Old 10-10-2018, 12:39 PM   #1
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Trump's USA Today op-ed on Medicare is full of lies — but does anyone really believe he wrote it himself?

USA Today gave President Trump a big gift Wednesday by publishing a largely fact-free attack on the “Medicare for all” plan promoted by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), disguised as an op-ed written by Trump himself.

In strictly factual terms, the op-ed bristles with lies and misrepresentations about Medicare for all, Medicare itself, Trump’s own healthcare policies, and Democratic and Republican approaches to Medicare.

But before we get to those points, let’s cover a broader issue: The ethics of USA Today’s publication of this piece.

To begin with, although it bears Trump’s name, does anyone actually believe he wrote it? The article’s diction and syntax are far more cogent than anything known to have originated from him personally. Leaving aside its manifest inaccuracies, it shows at least a working grasp of some aspects of the Medicare program not known to be in his wheelhouse.

Of course, ghost-written articles and op-eds by politicians, business leaders and entertainment figures are a common feature of our public discourse. Campaign “autobiographies” are seldom self-written, nor are position papers routinely issued over the names of congressional leaders.

But this is an entirely different case. It’s an open attack on Trump’s political adversaries, presented in a format that allows USA Today to avoid any fact-checking whatsoever. It’s not as though Trump is bereft of any other means to get his position across. USA Today had no business turning over a sizable chunk of its online and print real estate to Trump for the equivalent of a campaign rally.

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It's an op/ed...meaning it does not expressly represent the views of USA Today. It's an opinion.
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It's an op/ed...meaning it does not expressly represent the views of USA Today. It's an opinion.
But how dare they print opinions other than ones Roh agrees with!
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Old 10-10-2018, 01:54 PM   #4
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But how dare they print opinions other than ones Roh agrees with!
Apparently, Beaver's not familiar with the old adage "you're entitled to your own opinions, but you're not entitled to your own facts."
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Just Trump's daily broadside of lies. Nothing to see here. Move along...
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I started reading that, and about zero of it lived in reality.... at least most people in the comments realizes how absurd the President really is...
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WaPo did a fact check on the piece. Every single claim is a lie or partially untrue. Here's the interesting thing; The Republicans don't care. What's shaping up now is that the Republicans have discovered, through Trump, that they can out and out lie about everything and it just doesn't matter - they're still going to get their votes.
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It's an op/ed...meaning it does not expressly represent the views of USA Today. It's an opinion.
Most Trump supporters don't know the difference nor do they care.

Being lied to pathologically is part of the 'attraction' of the Trump brand of 'stupid.'

And he plays them like a fiddle.
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Apparently the folks at TrumpTV occasionally need to be reminded who they're working for...


White House says it will 'look into' Fox News decision to stop airing Trump rallies after ratings plummet
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White House says it will 'look into' Fox News decision to stop airing Trump rallies after ratings plummet
Maybe he can get Kanye to come on and do a little song and dance for the white folks? Maybe that will up the ratings?
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Maybe he can get Kanye to come on and do a little song and dance for the white folks? Maybe that will up the ratings?
Or just confuse them...

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Wait. I guess he's just "Ye" now. Like "Ye Olde Shoppe."
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The Republican Party Moves Beyond Hypocrisy

The president’s supporters live a double-folded state of being, in which the same action that’s shameful for Democrats is praiseworthy for the GOP.



“Democrats have become the party of crime,” President Donald Trump declared on Thursday night at a rally in Missoula, Montana. At the same rally, Trump praised as “my kind of guy” a member of Congress who violently attacked a reporter, choked him, and then lied to the police about his crime.

Just a week before, Trump had praised his party as the party of “law and order and justice.” And only a week before that, The New York Times had published a huge, meticulously detailed report alleging decades of deliberate financial and tax fraud by Trump and his family.

It’s not just the president. In July, Donald Trump Jr. seemed extremely concerned about the potential for political rhetoric to incite violence. He condemned threats against Rand Paul, speculating that they had been incited by Maxine Waters, the California representative who had said, at a political rally, “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

On October 18, Donald Trump Jr. campaigned in Michigan alongside Ted Nugent, the NRA board member who has delivered death threats against Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, whom he called a “subhuman mongrel.”

In the contest for Florida’s 27th Congressional District, Republicans are excoriating the former Clinton Cabinet secretary Donna Shalala as an apologist for Fidel Castro. (Shalala had made the mistake of including California Representative Barbara Lee among the Democratic women invited to campaign for her. Lee genuinely has been a Castro sympathizer.)

Communist dictators are bad. Every Republican knows that! Except the Republican at the top of the ticket. At a rally in Wheeling, West Virginia, on September 30, Trump avowed a passionate devotion to the North Korean communist dictator, Kim Jong Un. “We went back and forth. And then we fell in love, okay? No, really, he wrote me beautiful letters, and they’re great letters. We fell in love.”

You can call this “the politics of bad faith,” as many Trump critics do and will. But it’s actually weirder than that. Republicans keep trying to revive themes from the Nixon and Reagan eras—and keep bumping into the truth that not only their president, but also many of their voters, believe exactly the opposite.

Republicans are conscious of Trump’s incitements at the time they occur. Yet they somehow cannot retain the memory of those incitements between the occurrences. “Republicans produce jobs, Democrats produce mobs” has become the party’s closing slogan—even as it urges voters to think of the election as a referendum on the record of Trump, the mob-leader-in-chief. How is this even done? Where does the mind find these resources? It’s beyond hypocrisy—it’s a double-folded state of being, and it will go on so long as the need to make excuses for Donald Trump continues.

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Why Trump’s Supporters Will Believe Any Lie He Tells

From Kavanaugh to Khashoggi, they are immune to the truth.

President Donald Trump has been bending and breaking laws all of his life. Michael Cohen, his longtime personal lawyer, stated under oath that Trump directed him to violate federal campaign finance law; the state of New York has evidence that Trump and his family have been cheating on their taxes for years; the Trump family’s “persistently illegal conduct” and “repeated and willful self-dealing transactions” have led the New York attorney general to file a lawsuit against the Trump Foundation. The list goes on.

Trump is open about his disdain for law. In April, he told an audience in Michigan that “our laws are so corrupt and stupid.”

Trump is also clear about why he is breaking these laws. The entire point of Trump’s campaign to “Make America Great Again” is to lead us back to a time before the civil rights movement, before laws against insider trading, before the New Deal and federal agencies that regulate the commerce of plutocrats. This was an era of white male supremacy. The rich paid no income taxes and there was no minimum wage, so the wealthy lived like royalty. His thinking is akin to the way past activists viewed sit-down strikes. Like these past civil dissenters, Trump views himself as breaking the laws that he doesn’t believe should exist, which includes most of the laws and regulations put in place since the 1930s.

Indeed, instead of preparing a traditional legal defense, Trump is confounding legal observers by doing things that, by all objective standards, should make matters worse. He obstructs justice openly. In fact, in vowing to “fight back” against the Mueller investigation, he announced his intention to continue obstructing the probe. He also continually changes his story. First, he denies everything (“I have nothing to do with Russia”), then he says there would be nothing wrong if he had accepted help from Russia.

Obviously, a person who keeps changing his story is not a credible witness. Moreover, you can’t devise a legal defense while you are committing crimes, and Trump’s continuing efforts to obstruct justice suggest ongoing criminal behavior.

It’s easy to conclude that Trump has lost his mind and his lawyers are asleep at the switch. In fact, there’s a method to what appears to be Trump’s madness: The president intends to beat Mueller and his would-be interlocutors in Congress by torpedoing factuality and the rule of law itself.

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The rise of fascism in America. Right before our eyes. I'm sure that much of America has that same puzzled look on their faces that Italians and Germans had ninety years ago as this movement rose up around them. We've been watching it for thirty years. Where did we really think the Tea Party was going to end up?
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