Who said Trump is a kook, crazy, and unfit for office? Check it out.

From CNN:

Lindsey Graham today: “What concerns me about the American press is this endless, endless attempt to label [Trump] as some kind of kook, not fit to be President.”

Lindsey Graham in 2016: “I think he’s a kook. I think he’s crazy. I think he’s unfit for office.”

Check out the video: https://www.facebook.com/cnn/videos/10157635507931509/

Why do Trump supporters believe him despite his daily lies? The latest – lying about media reporting on North Korea sanctions by the U.N.

On Monday, Trump tweeted:

The Fake News Media will not talk about the importance of the United Nations Security Council’s 15-0 vote in favor of sanctions on N. Korea!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2017

Why he tweeted such an easily disprovable lie is up for debate. Was it complete ignorance on his part? Was he simply trying to rally his supporters in order to distract from his deteriorating support and the Russia problems?

Whatever the cause, he plainly lied.

The truth is that before Trump complained that the media would not talk about the importance of the UN vote, dozens of articles had already been written by all the major media.

From the Washington Post: “Trump’s Big Win on North Korea,” “U.N. Imposes New Sanctions on North Korea Following Missile Test,” “Trump Touts New Sanctions on North Korea,” “What the New Sanctions on North Korea Mean,” and “North Korea says it won’t give up nuclear weapons and that entire U.S. mainland is within firing range.”

From the New York Times: “U.N. Security Council Imposes Punishing New Sanctions on North Korea,” “Trump Praises New U.N. Sanctions on North Korea” to name just two.

In the LA Time the full front page was the headline, “Touch New Sanctions on N. Korea.”

NBC News covered the UN vote. ABC News covered it. CBS News covered it, too.

Trump simply made up a lie out of whole cloth, deceiving his supporters. Why do they continue to support a man who lies to them every day?

 

John McCain and Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Trump’s dangerous attacks on the media and spectre of fascism

“If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free — and many times adversarial — press,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaking on NBC’s Meet The Press. “And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time — that’s how dictators get started.”

Citing history, McCain told NBC that “the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press,” though he hastened to add: “I’m not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I’m just saying we need to learn the lessons of history.”

McCain responded to the echoes of this Trump weekend tweet: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”

Defense Secretary James Mattis disagreed with Trump’s “enemy” comment. While “I’ve had some rather contentious times with the press,” Mattis told reporters over the weekend that the media is “a constituency that we deal with, and I don’t have any issues with the press myself.”

Political analysts said there’s a difference between criticizing the press and calling it “the enemy” — a phrase authoritarian governments of the past have indeed used to de-legitimize political opponents and institutions.

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace cautioned his colleagues and the network’s viewers Sunday that President Trump’s latest attack on the media had crossed the line.

The “Fox & Friends” anchors had shown a clip of Trump recounting that past presidents, including Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, had fought with the press. They then asked Wallace whether Trump’s fraught relationship with the media was a big deal.

In response, Wallace told his colleagues that Jefferson had also once written the following: “And were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

Context was important, Wallace said. All presidents fight with the media, but Trump had taken it a step further in making them out to be “the enemy,” he added.

“Yes, presidents have always had — and politicians have always had — problems with the press. They want good press. The press doesn’t always give it to them,” Wallace said. “But what Jefferson [was saying] is, despite all of our disputes, that to the functioning of a free and fair democracy, you must have an independent press.”

“We can take criticism, but to say we’re the enemy of the American people, it really crosses an important line,” Wallace said.

refs:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/19/donald-trump-john-mccain-media-enemy-of-the-people/98126656/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/19/fox-news-anchor-chris-wallace-warns-viewers-trump-crossed-the-line-in-latest-attack-on-media/

Trump lies about Jewish reporter’s question, tells him to sit down and then brags in unrelated answer

In a pathetic state of childish temperament, Donald Trump lashed out at a Jewish reporter, twisted the question he was asked and told the reporter to sit down, accusing him of being unfair.

Jake Turx, a reporter with Ami Magazine, which bills itself as “a new standard in Jewish media” prefaced his question by saying he did not see evidence the President or his staff were anti-Semitic. He even mentioned Trump’s Jewish grandchildren.

He then launched into the thrust of his question about bomb threats to dozens of Jewish Community Centers last month.

“What we are concerned about, and what we haven’t really heard being addressed, is an uptick in anti-Semitism and how the government is planning to take care of it,” Turx said.

As Turx continued, Trump interrupted, “See, he said he was going to ask a very simple, easy question, and it’s not.”

The reporter said, “It’s an important one.”

“Not a simple question. Not a fair question. OK, sit down. I understand the rest of your question,” Trump said. “So here’s the story folks. No. 1, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life. No. 2, racism. The least racist person. ”

Turx raised his hand again and spoke up.

“Quiet, quiet, quiet,” Trump replied. “See he lied about — he was going to get up and ask a very straight, simple question. So, you know, welcome to the world of the media.”

Turx shook his head, and Trump continued as if he himself had been accused of anti-semitism.

“But let me just tell you something: I hate the charge. I find it repulsive. I hate even the question because people that know me — and you heard the Prime Minister, you heard Benjamin Netanyahu, did you hear him, Bibi? He said, ‘I’ve known Donald Trump for a long time,’ and then he said, ‘Forget it.’ So you should take that instead of having to get up and ask a very insulting question like that.”

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and director of the Anti-Defamation League, blasted Trump’s comments in an interview with CNN following the news conference and called on Trump to answer the questions about what he termed the “crisis” of rising anti-Semitic acts and take “concrete steps” to resolve the issue.

In an appearance with Netanyahu at the White House Wednesday, Trump answered a question about anti-Semitism by talking about his electoral victory and mentioning his daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner, who are Jewish.

ref: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/16/politics/donald-trump-news-conference-anti-semitism/index.html

Trump’s latest lie – claims media is covering up terror attacks, but cites no evidence

President Trump on Monday said that news outlets are covering up terrorist attacks without citing any evidence that supports that claim.

He made the comment in a speech to U.S. servicemembers at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida after receiving a briefing and eating lunch with troops.

The president began talking about how “radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland” as they did on 9/11, in the Boston bombings and in San Bernardino. He said it’s also happening “all over Europe” like in Paris and Nice.

“It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. In many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons and you understand that,” Mr. Trump said.

There is no evidence that any media outlet is covering up terrorist attacks.

ref: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-claims-media-is-covering-up-terror-attacks/

Trump makes False Claims and Attacks Media on Turnout and Intelligence Rift

From the New York Times:

WASHINGTON — President Trump used his first full day in office on Saturday to unleash a remarkably bitter attack on the news media, falsely accusing journalists of both inventing a rift between him and intelligence agencies and deliberately understating the size of his inauguration crowd.

In a visit to the Central Intelligence Agency designed to showcase his support for the intelligence community, Mr. Trump ignored his own repeated public statements criticizing the intelligence community, a group he compared to Nazis just over a week ago. He called journalists “among the most dishonest human beings on earth,” and he said that up to 1.5 million people had attended his inauguration, a claim that photographs disproved.

Later, at the White House, he dispatched Sean Spicer, the new press secretary, to the briefing room in the West Wing, where he delivered an irate scolding to reporters and made a series of false statements. Mr. Spicer said news organizations had deliberately misstated the size of the crowd at Mr. Trump’s inauguration on Friday in an attempt to sow divisions at a time when Mr. Trump was trying to unify the country, warning that the new administration would hold them to account.

The statements from the new president and his spokesman were a striking display of invective and grievance at the dawn of a presidency, usually a time when the White House works to set a tone of national unity and build confidence in a new leader.

Full story: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/21/us/politics/trump-white-house-briefing-inauguration-crowd-size.html