Ladies and gentlemen, behold, some s*** the president said during the previous week:
I know what you’re thinking: “Huh. It doesn’t seem like Donald Trump to let something go to ruin only to slap his face on a better looking, more successful version and hope no one knows the difference.” Just be glad he didn’t put his head on Ivan Drago.
This exact tweet shows up every so often, and no one ever knows where the number comes from because he’s never actually been that popular. In fact, here’s a Vox write-up from three months ago about the mystery (back when he used to say 94%). Here’s Newsweek two months ago wondering what our president is talking about. Here’s the latest from Washington Post (nearly a month ago – Trump at 75%).
In context, the “it” refers to our president signing the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Coin Act. “Centennial” is the 100th anniversary of a thing. So it wasn’t signed “a long time ago” because – and I can’t stress this enough – a centennial takes 100 years to get here.
“So why wasn’t this done a long time ago – years ago?” 11/25/2019 at the White House.
Later in the ceremony, he really asked a U.S. senator why the 100th anniversary wasn’t commemorated years ago. He really did.
Three things need addressed here: firstly, President Trump sent this tweet on Thanksgiving, so at least the “tweeting” part of Newsweek’s headline was accurate. Secondly, while Trump deserves credit for his surprise Thanksgiving Day visit to Afghanistan, it was just that: a surprise. There’s nothing fake about a news article relaying the president’s official calendar, even if proven untrue later on. People can be wrong without lying. Finally, of all the people in America to joke about things going out of business, you’d think President Trump would sit this one out.
“[W]e’re saying it has to be a ceasefire. And [the Taliban] don’t want to do a ceasefire, but now they do want to do a ceasefire, I believe.” 11/28/2019 speech to troops at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.
Ah, sure, the old “they don’t but also they do” routine. The Taliban clarified soon after President Trump’s remarks that they do not, in fact, want a ceasefire. Mr. Trump seems to have simply made it up, as hard as that is to believe.
President Trump proudly proclaimed this after pardoning a convicted war criminal, then firing his secretary of the Navy.
Alright, let’s take the time to do this. Here’s the current impeachment situation: a small army of career civil service employees who’ve gotten along just fine with both parties for decades all testified under oath that military aid to Ukraine was held up for no good reason. Meanwhile, there’s a growing mountain of evidence to suggest Trump intended to withhold the aid until Ukraine announced a politically-motivated investigation. That would be illegal. Trump is also blocking all those who’d know about that scheme firsthand from testifying to Congress. It’s against that backdrop that Trump says he’s blocking vital testimony out of some selfless, patriotic duty to future presidents.
Here’s more evidence Trump held up the money for no good reason: his own administration certified that Ukraine met the anti-corruption qualifications, and European countries are paying Ukraine. Neither of the reasons he states here make any sense. Lying is what guilty people do – and the more Trump talks, the guiltier he sounds.
I’m no lawyer, but writing “I’d love to have these people testify” while suing to prevent them from doing just that, seems like a bad idea.
That’s our report for this week. Be sure to check out the links for more info on any particular topic and, as always, thanks for reading.