Fake president doesn’t think he’s lying

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, has said that Trump doesn’t think he’s lying. This may well be correct, Trump may believe everything he says – but it doesn’t make his  repeated claims true.

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CNN: Kellyanne Conway offers alternative fact to explain why Trump isn’t lying

Here’s an exchange on Sunday between CNN “Reliable Sources” anchor Brian Stelterand counselor to President Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway:

STELTER: “The scandals are about the President’s lies. About voter fraud, about wiretapping, his repeated lies about those issues. That’s the scandal.”

CONWAY: “[Donald Trump] doesn’t think he’s lying about those issues, and you know it.”

On voter fraud…

… Trump has repeatedly insisted that widespread voter fraud in the 2016 election led to 3 to 5 million illegal votes being cast. Those votes for Hillary Clinton are the sole reason she won the popular vote, he argues.

“In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” Trump tweeted on November 27, 2016 — 19 days after he won the presidency.

 

According to the Washington Post’s Fact Checker, there were only four verified incidents of voter fraud in the 2016 election as of December. That accounts for 0.000002% of all ballots cast in the race.

Beyond just the 2016 election, there has never been a serious study of elections that suggests any widespread voter fraud. Not one. Let’s repeat that: There has never been a serious study of elections that suggests any widespread voter fraud.

Trump’s allegation that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower during the presidential campaign:

That comes from this tweet sent at 6:35 a.m. ET on March 4: “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”

Trump — and his administration — offered zero proof for this claim. James Clapper, who was Director of National Intelligence during the 2016 election, said, unequivocally, that it did not happen. “I have no information that supports those tweets,” former FBI Director James Comey told a congressional committee under oath in May.

Trump has no revised or reversed claims when it has been shown that they are untrue.

What Trump is doing is lying. He may believe it. But that doesn’t matter at all.

Kellyanne Conway knows that. Which makes her attempt to explain away lies the President keeps repeating all the more ridiculous.

It is ridiculous, but this sort of thing from Trump and is acolytes has seriously impact on Trump and White House credibility.

And that is contributing to a lack of progress.

Politico:  GOP despairs at inability to deliver

The Republican Party is more powerful than it’s been in more than a decade — and yet it has never seemed so weak.

Continuing chaos in the White House has been punctuated by the failure to deliver on the GOP’s seven-year pledge to overhaul Obamacare, and has many asking whether the party can capitalize on the sweeping victories it has achieved at the federal, state, and local levels.

Ahead of this week’s crucial Senate vote on health care, White House aides are already considering how to distance President Donald Trump from Congress and how to go after the Republicans who vote no — an idea the president seems fond of, according to people who have spoken to him. Several people said he plans to keep up the fight, no matter how this week’s vote goes.

He threatened Republicans on Twitter Sunday, saying they would face electoral consequences, and complained about his party not defending him — even though congressional Republicans are tired of defending him all the time.

“It’s very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, those close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell say they are frustrated that the president has shown little focus on his political agenda, particularly health care. Trump’s interview with the New York Times this week, for example, where he raged about Attorney General Jeff Sessions instead of promoting health care, was “political malpractice,” one senior GOP aide said.

With control of both Congress and the White House — and yet no major legislative successes to point to — the Republican Party is finding itself stuck. A GOP Congress is frustrated with the president, and is unsure what will happen next in his daily West Wing drama.

The president expanded the power of the political neophytes in his administration, elevating the Manhattan hedge fund manager Anthony Scaramucci to White House communications director, at the cost of an operative – press secretary Sean Spicer, who announced his resignation on Friday — with years of Washington experience.

Spicer was not the only establishment casualty. Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff who, at least in title holds one of the most powerful jobs in Washington, has been largely sidelined.

The hire of Scaramucci as communications director was the biggest shot yet at Priebus, White House officials say, because he was opposed by Priebus, will report directly to Trump, and will be far more powerful than a normal communications director.

Let “the president be the president” is how Scaramucci described his new job in a Fox News interview on Sunday.

Even Trump supporters are beginning to express frustration with the constant chaos in the West Wing. “There are a lot of missed opportunities,” said Julius Krein, who founded the pro-Trump journal American Affairs in February in an effort to give the Trump movement some intellectual heft. “It has all degenerated into D.C. tempests and teapots,” Krein said, characterizing policies championed by the administration in the first six months as “mediocre conventional Republicanism with a lot more noise.”

While Trump has specialized in delivering self-inflicted blows, the Senate Republican conference is demonstrating that it, too, is capable of administering them.

With the Republicans in the strongest political position they have been in for some time, and the Democrats in disarray,  the opportunity was there for the incoming president to make bold changes.

But Trump won and took over with a lot of Republican politicians less than enthralled. He seems to have failed to get them on his side.

Trump seems to be continually distracted with petty point scoring and fighting personal grudges and battling the ‘fake news’ with a fair amount of fakery of his own.

Believing his own bullshit doesn’t make him credible, nor powerful.

If this continues ‘fake president’ may stick.

 

30 Comments

  1. Only be glad we don’t have a Presidency otw Peters might have served a term or two. Mind you, by now we’d now be rid of him under the two term rule.

    • Gezza

       /  July 25, 2017

      We’d have two. He wouldn’t vacate.

  2. I blame TWITTER

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  July 25, 2017

      I blame the parents.

      • Gezza

         /  July 25, 2017

        I blame the government.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  July 25, 2017

        I blame the abolition of compulsory military training.

        • Gezza

           /  July 25, 2017

          I blame Alan Wilkinson.
          It’s not his fault. I just blame him.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  July 26, 2017

            I blame Spot, the dog down the road, who’s such a cissy that he lets kittens bash him up.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  July 25, 2017

          Hell, I’m the only one here who voted against him!

  3. Trump has good reason to feel besieged. It’s all coming out about just who maueller has on board investigating Trump……Democratic and Clinton donors is who. The best Loberal mindshe could muster.

    “Of the 15 attorneys currently on staff for Mueller, at least seven have donated to Democratic candidates and campaigns, including Trump’s 2016 rival Hillary Clinton. The rest have not made political donations, according to federal records; and none of the attorneys on Mueller’s roster donated money to Trump.

    “This is just a witch hunt—it’s all a hoax,” White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway told “Fox & Friends” last week after Trump criticized Mueller in a New York Times interview. “People should know what folks’ past motivations, and their political motivations are—these weren’t minor donations, these were significant donations by members of that team.”

    Conway said the donations are “relevant information for people to have.”

    Multiple reports in recent days have detailed a special counsel investigation digging deep into Trump associates’ dealings, prompting a range of public responses from the Trump administration. The president went so far over the weekend as to declare he has “complete power to pardon.” But in the near-term, expect to hear more about the political affiliation of Mueller’s attorneys.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/24/mueller-probe-meet-lawyers-who-gave-to-hillary-now-investigating-team-trump.html

  4. Mueller

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  July 25, 2017

    Fake Democrat news. Trump put “wires tapped” in quotes to signify monitoring not literal wiretapping. Leaks published by the enemy media have indeed confirmed that Obama’s intelligence agencies have recorded and monitored phone calls from Trump House.

    Trump has a Commission to look into voter fraud. Democrat administrations are refusing to supply factual information to it.

    • It’s quite staggering. All this worry about Russia allegedly gaming the system and the Dems not worried about dead and illegal voters. Wonder why?

      The mass Dem hysteria

    • adamsmith1922

       /  July 25, 2017

      Some Republican states are as well.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  July 25, 2017

        Surely wiretapping either is or isn’t real. How could it not be literal ?

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  July 25, 2017

          Because the US intelligence agency captures all internet and phone traffic passing through the US systems. Then if they wish to they search and monitor it. There is no actual wiretapping of individual wires in the old sense any more. It is captured via huge data pipes at the big central servers which copy it off to the intelligence computer systems.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  July 26, 2017

            Well, yes, but that’s hair-splitting. Wiretapping is used as shorthand for such surveillance. If the people doing it said that they were not wiretapping, it would be literally true in one sense-but would not mean that spying or surveillance had not been carried out. That is what I meant. It’s like talking about typing or videoing.

  6. Zedd

     /  July 25, 2017

    “welcome to fantasy-Island”

    Isn’t there a bit in scripture that sez ‘The Devil will present himself as an angel of light.. & everyone will worship him’ ??
    everytime I see that ‘hair’ I wonder ‘IS there a HUGE 666 under there somewhere ?’

    NOW he’s saying is has power/authority to ‘pardon’ anyone, even himself for… ‘indiscretions’ 😦

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  July 25, 2017

      He didn’t say that, did he ? 😀 😀 😀

      So, no matter what he did, there would be no repercussions because he would just pardon HIMSELF ???

      My name is Donnymandiaz, King of Kings.
      Look on my works, ye rational, and despair.

    • While I can appreciate a scriptural reference to illustrate some point or another, I am deeply suspicious of the diabolical.

  7. Zedd

     /  July 25, 2017

    Fox & CNN are likely negotiating with Mr Spicer as I type this… 🙂 😀

    • artcroft

       /  July 25, 2017

      Yes! He’d be smart to fire Muller lest his criminal acts be uncovered.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  July 25, 2017

        Mueller has got to the point where he has to produce something/anything to justify his existence and the empire he has built. If he had found anything it would have leaked to the enemy media already. Since he hasn’t, we can presume they are working hard to manufacture something somewhere. Time to pull the chain and flush him down the dunny.

  8. The liberal press showing their hatred and sexism against right wing women in disgusting attacks.

    Just moments after President Trump promoted Sarah Huckabee Sanders to the role of White House Press Secretary she was attacked by a swarm of woman-hating liberals.

    First, the propagandists at The New York Times and MSNBC questioned Ms. Sanders’ character and called her a liar, but now journalists are attacking her physical appearance.

    Ira Madison, III, of The Daily Beast, likened Ms. Sanders to a drag queen in a hateful Twitter post.

    “Butch queen first time in drags at ball,” he tweeted to his followers – along with a photograph of the press secretary.

    Mr. Madison is the same “journalist” who cracked a racially-charged joke about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ granddaughter.

    And he also penned a disgusting attack on Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson – wondering if his rule in the Trump White House was going to be “house or field.”

    Hollywood was especially unkind to Ms. Sanders.

    “I feel like Sarah Huckabee Sanders left and right eye switched places or something,” comedian Akliah Hughes wrote on Twitter.

    “Sarah Huckabee Sanders looks like every woman eating lobster on a cruise ship,” Family Guy writer Damien Fahey tweeted.

    Could you imagine the hellfire and brimstone that would’ve rained down had a journalist or comedian made similar remarks about former First Lady Michelle Obama?

    The outrage over the attacks on Ms. Sanders has been limited to a few conservative publications and this column.

    There has been no outcry from the feminist movement or female news commentators or enlightened liberals.”

    Much, much more of the unrestrained, unmoderated hate that pours forth over there.

    https://townhall.com/columnists/toddstarnes/2017/07/24/daily-beast-writer-calls-sarah-huckabee-sanders-a-butch-queen-n2358961