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Fact checking and facts

Robert Reich: Trump’s Presidency Is Over | Opinion

“You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t noticed. His verbal bombshells are louder than ever, but Donald Trump is no longer president of the United States.”

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“By having no constructive response to any of the monumental crises now convulsing America, Trump has abdicated his office.”

“He is not governing. He’s golfing, watching cable TV and tweeting.”

Source: https://www.newsweek.com/robert-reich-trumps-presidency-over-opinion-1507961

False claims and disinformation are the central feature of Trump’s presidency – The Washington Post

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“The president’s technique — refined over half a century in public life — is relentless and unforgiving: Never admit any error, constantly repeat falsehoods, and have no shame about your tactics.”

“From the start of Trump’s presidency, The Fact Checker team has catalogued every false or misleading statement he has made. As of May 29, the count stood at 19,127. That works out to about 15 claims per day. But the pace of deception has quickened exponentially. He averaged about six claims a day in 2017, nearly 16 a day in 2018, and more than 22 a day in 2019 and 2020 so far. Indeed, the president made more false or misleading claims in 2019 than he did in 2017 and 2018 combined.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/trump-fact-checker-book/2020/06/01/c6323b88-a435-11ea-b619-3f9133bbb482_story.html

Episcopal bishop Mariann Budde blasts Trump visit to St. John’s Church – The Washington Post

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“By Michelle Boorstein and Sarah Pulliam Bailey June 1, 2020 at 8:08 p.m. PDT”

“The Right Rev. Mariann Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington, was seething.”

“President Trump had just visited St. John’s Episcopal Church, which sits across from the White House. It was a day after a fire was set in the basement of the historic building amid protests over the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police.”

“Before heading to the church, where presidents have worshiped since the days of James Madison, Trump gave a speech at the White House emphasizing the importance of law and order. Federal officers then used force to clear a large crowd of peaceful demonstrators from the street between the White House and the church, apparently so Trump could make the visit.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/bishop-budde-trump-church/2020/06/01/20ca70f8-a466-11ea-b619-3f9133bbb482_story.html

President Trump made 19,127 false or misleading claims in 1,226 days – The Washington Post

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“By Glenn KesslerSalvador Rizzo and Meg Kelly June 1, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. PDT”

“It’s no longer a question as to whether President Trump will exceed 20,000 false or misleading claims by the time his current term is completed. Instead, we have to ask: Will he top 25,000?”

“As of May 29, his 1,226th day in office, Trump had made 19,127 false or misleading claims, according to the Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement he has uttered. That’s almost 16 claims a day over the course of his presidency. So far this year, he’s averaging just over 22 claims a day, similar to the pace he set in 2019.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/06/01/president-trump-made-19127-false-or-misleading-claims-1226-days/

Tara Reade’s Tumultuous Journey to the 2020 Campaign – The New York Times

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“To better understand Ms. Reade’s tumultuous journey to the roiling center of the presidential campaign, The New York Times interviewed nearly 100 friends, relatives, co-workers and neighbors and reviewed court records. What emerged was a shambolic life in which Ms. Reade, through her own pluck and smarts and powers of persuasion, overcame an unsettled and abusive childhood to find opportunities on the big stages of acting, politics and law.”

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/us/politics/tara-reade-joe-biden.html

Trump’s executive order on Twitter ignores that he’s the real danger to speech – The Washington Post

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“By Editorial Board May 30, 2020 at 5:00 a.m. PDT”

” “We’re here today to defend free speech from one of the greatest dangers,” President Trump said on Thursday as he signed an executive order designed to punish social media sites for exercising free speech. To honestly identify the danger to free speech, he would have had to include a mirror in the signing ceremony.”

“The White House has been plotting its assault on Internet platforms for some time now, and the directive marks the first shot formally fired. It comes as a response to Twitter applying a fact-checking label to tweets from the commander in chief that falsely suggested that vote-by-mail is systemically fraudulent. Twitter early Friday rallied rather than retreating, slapping a warning on a presidential tweet for glorifying violence. The tweet from the president, and then from the official White House account, called protesters in Minneapolis “THUGS” and declared that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” “

Source: Trump’s executive order on Twitter ignores that he’s the real danger to speech – The Washington Post

Fact check: Trump’s 654 false claims during the coronavirus pandemic – CNNPolitics

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“Washington (CNN)

President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been deeply dishonest.He has been dishonest about testing. He has been dishonest about his travel restrictions. He has been dishonest about the supplies his predecessor left him, about what his opponents have said about the pandemic, even about what he has said himself.Trump made as many false claims at some of his official pandemic task force briefings as he does in some of his rally speeches. Over the 14 weeks from the Monday his coronavirus task force started meeting, January 27, through Sunday, May 3, he made 654 false claims — 215 of them specifically about the pandemic. (Lots of the others were about related subjects, like the economy and China.)”

Source: Fact check: Trump’s 654 false claims during the coronavirus pandemic – CNNPolitics

Trump campaign is creating an alternate reality online about coronavirus – The Washington Post

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“By Elyse Samuels and Meg Kelly May 28, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. PDT”

“We have met the moment and we have prevailed. Americans do whatever it takes to find solutions, pioneer breakthroughs, and harness the energies we need to achieve a total victory.”

— President Trump, at a news conference, May 11, 2020

“The Trump administration’s mishandling of key moments in the novel coronavirus outbreak has been well documented. Early travel restrictions from China and Europe were meant to buy time, but inaction or poor planning squandered much of the benefit. Delays in testing allowed the virus to spread across the country largely undetected. A shortage of personal protective equipment while cases surged overwhelmed hospitals and health-care workers. The president promoted unproven, and sometimes dangerous, medical approaches to fighting the disease, in some cases with potentially deadly consequences. He misrepresented how quickly a vaccine will be available.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/05/28/trump-campaign-is-creating-an-alternate-reality-online-about-coronavirus/

Shining sunlight on Trump’s idiocy is the best disinfectant – The Washington Post

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“Timothy Klausutis is right: His late wife deserves better than a president who has cynically seized on the tragic circumstances of her death at 28 and “perverted it for perceived political gain.” President Trump’s unfathomable cruelty in suggesting that then-Rep. Joe Scarborough had an affair with Lori Klausutis, an aide in his office, and murdered her almost 19 years ago, is sickening.”

“Her husband’s anguish over what he described as the “constant barrage of falsehoods, half-truths, innuendo and conspiracy theories since the day she died” is palpable in the letter he sent last week to Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey, imploring him to remove Trump’s tweets about his wife.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/twitter-would-be-making-a-mistake-to-delete-trumps-tweets/2020/05/27/a6f09264-a04e-11ea-b5c9-570a91917d8d_story.html

Kayleigh McEnany’s latest briefing is a case study in gaslighting, whataboutism and false claims – The Washington Post

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“White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany held her latest news briefing Tuesday. And as with her previous ones, she put the “brief” in “briefing” — it ran only about 20 minutes.”

“But that was plenty of time for McEnany to engage in some massive false claims, gaslighting and whataboutism.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/05/26/kayleigh-mcenanys-latest-briefing-is-case-study-gaslighting-whataboutism-false-claims/