The Trump campaign is using doctored photos of Biden to make it seem like he is “hiding,” aligning with their false narrative that Biden won’t be seen in public. They used a photo of him at a football watch party, full of other people who were cropped out and a picture of him praying at a church in response to George Floyd’s murder. They’re also maintaining that Biden is afraid to debate Trump and won’t agree to it. Biden has already agreed to three debates. Trump has agreed to zero.
Facebook and Twitter are both removing video clips posted by the Trump campaign in which Trump says children are “almost definitely immune” from the coronavirus. This is an absolute lie.
This isn’t a news item, but rather an op-ed from Republican political consultant Stuart Stevens. It raises several points I frequently talk about – namely the 2012 GOP autopsy calling for greater inclusion of women and minorities, and the fact that Trump is not an anomaly in the Republican party, but rather the end result of decades of racism, sexism, and xenophobia. It’s a must-read. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/29/opinion/trump-republican-party-racism.html
Trump doesn’t actually read anything he retweets and certainly doesn’t research it. That’s the real reason we’re seeing the situation with Dr. Immanuel right now. It isn’t that Trump knew about her alien DNA ideas. It’s that he had absolutely no idea who she was and couldn’t be bothered to find out. Today, the president hilariously retweeted out an op-ed about DHS activity in Portland. He obviously did not read said op-ed as it calls the administration’s actions illegal and unconstitutional, the beginnings of totalitarianism. Trump had simply searched for Portland, saw there was an article, and retweeted it. This complete lack of intellectual curiosity of effort is how he runs the entire US government.
In a new Jonathan Swan interview, Trump was finally pressed on Putin paying terrorists to murder US troops. Trump has spoken with Putin eight times since learning of the bounty program. He has not brought the subject up with him once. The president said the story may be “fake news” and that Colin Powell said as such. He’s lying. Powell did not say this. Despite Trump’s claim that the story is fake, the State Department has now warned Moscow of US retaliation if the practice resumes – the first action of any kind taken by the US. Trump was also asked about Russia directly arming the Taliban. He said he hadn’t seen anything about that and wasn’t sure if it was true. The source for this was General John Nicholson who happened to have commanded all of the US forced in Afghanistan when he publicly revealed Russia was arming the Taliban – TWO YEARS AGO. Trump went on to respond that if Russia was arming the Taliban, we supplied them weapons when they were fighting Russia. Even if this was somehow a valid response to Russia arming a group fighting the US, it isn’t true. The Taliban did not exist until years after Russia left Afghanistan and the group is unrelated to the groups which fought Russia in the 1980s. He twice today said Russia fighting the Taliban caused the breakup of the USSR, which he’s long claimed. Surprisingly, he’s wrong about this too because he doesn’t know anything about history.
Trump is following through on Putin’s goal of removing troops from Germany. Trump is rationalizing this with the same argument he’s been making for years – that other NATO countries are delinquent on their payments and need to get caught up. After three and a half years in office, the president doesn’t have the first clue about how NATO works. No countries owe the US or anyone else anything. They never have. The spending targets are targets for countries to spend ON THEIR OWN MILITARY. Several countries are below this threshold, which is a guideline, not a requirement, but it’s also not targeted to be in place for several more years. Africom and Eucom are both based in Germany. Moving them will have a gargantuan cost.
By a 2-1 vote, a federal appeals court has ruled Michael Flynn’s conviction should be thrown out. The presiding judge has put a stay on the order and will almost certainly request an en banc hearing from the entire appeals court, rather than the three judge panel. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his phone calls with Russian ambassador Kislyak in which Flynn asked the Russians to not retaliate over Obama’s sanctions as Trump would be trying to undo them when he took office. Those who agreed at the time Flynn lied to the FBI include Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Michael Flynn.
In a large release of emails secured by Jason Leopold of Buzzfeed, the Department of Justice was extensively coordinating with Fox News on stories and TV appearances. This included instructing anchors on what questions to ask on air and pointing out tweets they wanted covered to producers. No, things do not normally operate this way.