Trump: "We're getting some very good numbers. It looks like the numbers are going to be very good into the future. We're going to be very strong starting with our transition period, which will be probably June, June-July."— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 21, 2020
The president thinks Fox News should rig polls for him. It's utterly deranged but here he is saying so publicly! https://t.co/xBUoAPTqoC— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 22, 2020
Trump just took credit during his Memorial Day speech for legislation signed into law by Obama in 2014 pic.twitter.com/QhTmRlCgOA— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 22, 2020
No one has ever called him out on it on camera to his face. So he has no reason not to continue the lie. Unless someone steps up and says something then it doesn't matter. Nothing matters at this point. It's all the same lie.— Martin is 120fps@1080p (@Galaxy_Sailor) May 22, 2020
Trump is commemorating Memorial Day by blaming Obama for not developing tests for a virus that didn't exist until 3 years after he left office pic.twitter.com/wn40sXOMwg— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 22, 2020
Remember, Obama has that time machine he used to go and plant those birth notices in the Honolulu paper in 1961 so he could have used that to travel forward and get the info to create the vaccine and bring it back to 2016.— Denny Kolb (@DennyKolb) May 22, 2020
and a partridge in a pear tree pic.twitter.com/ZrJjn8DWnt— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 22, 2020
Dr Fauci never said this pic.twitter.com/cJRqFUmT6l— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 22, 2020
Honestly surprised it took this long for Trump to realize that instead of taking the risk of letting Fauci speak for himself he can just make stuff up and pretend Fauci said it.— Hemry, Local Bartender (@Hemry47016059) May 22, 2020
"These people are sick. Anyway ... " -- Trump's Memorial Day speech has now devolved into lies about Nancy Pelosi pic.twitter.com/K0ET6wBfQx— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 22, 2020
what is happening pic.twitter.com/6N0wcSalGE— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 22, 2020
Dear Leader is giving speeches from a balcony now. I did nazi that coming.— Rue de Get Rid of Trump (@laurellsteven) May 22, 2020
That's at least six false claims in a brief address to veterans from a White House balcony. None of them appeared to be in his prepared text.— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 22, 2020
Imaginary "Man Of The Year" Award
Asked about the message he's sending by threatening funding to Michigan while it's going through a flooding emergency, Trump repeated what is possibly my #1 favorite Trump lie out of all the thousands of Trump lies: "I was honored as the Man of the Year in Michigan."— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 20, 2020
Under fire for his dishonesty about Michigan and voting, the president defends himself by touting his imaginary Michigan Man of the Year award: https://t.co/U4KEWHVjUW— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 21, 2020
This was at least the 6th time as president Trump has claimed to have gotten the Michigan Man of the Year award he never got, which he started talking about with two days to go in the 2016 campaign. He said last year: "I didn't even understand it myself." https://t.co/U4KEWHVjUW— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 21, 2020
Was interesting what former Republican congressman Dave Trott said last year when he contacted me to solve the Michigan Man of the Year mystery. https://t.co/U4KEWHVjUW pic.twitter.com/nAtj8XYRzt— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 21, 2020
What The Hell Did Abraham Lincoln Ever Do For Black People?
Katrina Pierson and Sen Tim Scott just held a conference call blasting Joe Biden's remarks on black voters. Pierson and Scott both claimed Pres Trump has done more for black people than any other president elected.— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) May 22, 2020
Funny they had no comment about these BRIBES to black voters!?— MsActiviss🌿 (@MsActiviss) May 22, 2020
Winners received envelopes stuffed with hundreds of dollars. https://t.co/cQTmwjf5Cw
Whatever Crazy Stuff I'm Making Up ... It's Illegal
In other words, the president has continued to allege illegality even though he has substantially changed the allegation. https://t.co/xTe92gNGqL— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 20, 2020
I'm glad to see that the medical experts on CNN saw Birx's twirling as I did.— digby (@digby56) May 22, 2020
I guess she's Trump's baby sitter and that's about it.
And it makes sense. She looks like his mommy did when he was young and he has said his mommy thought he could do no wrong.
Trump Threatens To Do The Impossible (Refuses To Do The Practical)
President Trump says governors must open places of worship and allow people to gather at them this weekend.— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) May 22, 2020
He adds a threat, "If they don't do it, I will override the governors."
TRUMP: "Some governors have deemed liquor stores & abortion clinics essential, but have left out churches ... it's not right. So I am correcting this injustice & am calling houses of worship essential. I call upon governors to allow churches & places of worship to open right now" pic.twitter.com/e0VU8XeLEm— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 22, 2020
ah, so they should start paying taxes like an essential business— pete (@petestaiano) May 22, 2020
With him in office, liquor stores are definitely essential.— Cathy in Quarantine 🍸 (@66Betty) May 22, 2020
Trump angrily reads his statement about reopening places of worship and then leaves without answering questions pic.twitter.com/HiZH7AyJhO— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 22, 2020
.@kwelkernbc: The president said he's going to override governors if they don't reopen churches. Under what authority?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 22, 2020
McENANY: You're posing a hypothetical
W: He said it!
M: You're assuming that governors are going to keep churches shut down. That is a hypothetical question. pic.twitter.com/AcmIVOeKF9
Truth sandwich rewrite: The Constitution says powers not delegated to federal government are reserved to the states. Trump said today he'll "override the governors" if they don't open places of worship this weekend. His press secretary could cite no authority for such an action. https://t.co/lsSNNc3dPr— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) May 22, 2020
Note how McEnany had a slideshow ready to go in response to this question from OAN. This was almost certainly a planted question from @ChanelRion, who was recently barred from attending the White House briefings as a reporter. https://t.co/1f07Wt3qyB— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 22, 2020
By The Way . . .
CDC: "Among 92 attendees at a rural Arkansas church during March 6–11, 35 (38%) developed laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, and three persons died" https://t.co/F2yMH0gCEn https://t.co/3uROOW8xXX— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) May 22, 2020
A study of 96,000 people across 6 continents -- 15,000 of whom took hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine -- showed they had higher death rateshttps://t.co/oq0dlVPwb4— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) May 22, 2020
"For those receiving hydroxychloroquine and an antibiotic — the cocktail endorsed by Trump — there was a 45 percent increased risk of death and a 411 percent increased risk of serious heart arrhythmias."— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) May 22, 2020
Media Should Do More Than Transcribe (Especially When The Speaker Has Demonstrated No Ability To Distinguish Reality From His Own Deranged Hallucinations)
Well, Trump got the irresponsible chyron he wanted. pic.twitter.com/lCta4Ao1Py— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) May 22, 2020
"Washington Generals-ish Foils"
These aren't "briefings" in any real sense. They're content mills for Fox and the "(Conservative X) (OWNS/SMACKS DOWN/DESTROYS)" conservative media world, with reporters used as Washington Generals-ish hapless foils for McEnany's pre-scripted zingers. https://t.co/FJljjKKZaU— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 22, 2020
Trump Probably Just Forgot To Tell These Bikers He Stole 5 Million Masks Meant For Veterans Hospitals
There's something really sad and pathetic about this ... https://t.co/MJ0yP9FI35— digby (@digby56) May 22, 2020