In the first 100 days of President Trump’s administration, the Washington Post decided to begin tallying the false and misleading statements made by the white supremacist in chief. According to the newspaper, it needed to do so “largely because we could not possibly keep up with the pace and volume of the president’s misstatements.” As of the two-year mark, according to the Post, Trump has made “8,158 false or misleading claims,” about everyone and everything. However, this isn’t simply the output of a consistently lying xenophobic fascist. This is the result of a powerful acceleration in the Trump administration’s proliferation of misinformation. Whereas Trump averaged around 5.9 false or “misleading” claims every day in 2017, the Washington Post says that he almost tripled that output in 2018, lying on average 16.5 times every 24 hours. The content of the bubble of poisoned reality enclosing Trump and those that believe the vomit that passes for his speech has a direct correlation to what he is trying to sell his adoring fanbase. Right now it’s a wall that will solve crime and job loss and the opioid epidemic, and maybe it will give your skin that glow it has lost with age? However, Trump’s proliferation of lies in his second year isn’t the result of the orange racist making up new and more varied lies. It has to do with a big boost in the repetition of his lies and false claims. “It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas in disguise.” That’s Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels’ opinion of repetition. Goebbels is a likely hero of Trump—and the Republican Party—at least if you believe The Donald’s first wife Ivana’s testimony concerning such things.
Devin Nunes … Devin Nunes … the name seems sort of familiar. As if he used to actually be someone. The former head of the House Intelligence Committee spent the last two years blocking every. single. subpoena for witnesses or documentation in the House version of the Trump-Russia investigation. He also drafted up “memos” intended to provide Trump with an absolutely ridiculous “no collusion” report available for reference in any given Twitter fit. But all that was pretty much a sideline of Nunes’ effort to simply derail the investigation—a project that is still underway. There was Nunes’ infamous leap from a moving Uber so that he could sneak into the White House and collaborate with a White House attorney and a Michael Flynn flunky on a completely made-up “unmasking scandal.” When that series of chest-pounding press conferences blew up in Nunes’ face, requiring him to get a ceremonial cleansing from Trey Gowdy and the GOP-controlled House Ethics Committee, Nunes put himself in a state of pretend-recusal. He would no longer lead public sessions about the Russia investigation, but behind the scenes he retained absolute control. While he was at it, the man who claimed to be so concerned about the “unmasking” of potential suspects thought nothing of revealing FBI field resources and methods, even when doing so put agents at risk and imperiled the ability of the FBI to conduct operations. Now, in the twilight of his career, Nunes has joined up with fellow war-on-the-FBI veteran Jim Jordan to reopen an investigation into whether the FBI was right to launch the Russia investigation in the first place. This is a continuation of the same investigation that Republicans announced last year as a joint effort between the Judiciary Committee and the Oversight Committee. An investigation that, despite the leadership of a team of Republican “all-stars” that included Nunes, Jordan, Gowdy, and Bob Goodlatte concluded that, grumble, the appointment of Robert Mueller was by the book, there was no evidence that he was acting in a prejudicial manner, and his final report “must be trusted." As Politico reports, Nunes and Jordan want to reopen this investigation, even though it was conducted and closed entirely under GOP control, so they can continue digging for ways to demean the FBI and distract from the results of the Russia investigation. But, well, it’s kind of sad: Unlike their Democratic counterparts, they will not have the authority to set up hearings, compel the attendance of witnesses, or use subpoenas to get their hands on relevant documents.
A shameful new image from the Trump era was recently added to the rogues’ gallery when a feral mob of white MAGA-hatted teenage boys from Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Kentucky, surrounded, jeered, and mocked peaceful Native American protester Nathan Phillips on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The student at the center of the controversy and the GOP public relations firm he hired have pushed back, insisting the whole spectacle was a big misunderstanding. And far too many journalists have embraced and amplified that spin, suggesting the episode may have been misconstrued. (It was not.) In trying to gaslight the public over the ugly encounter, the press has simply continued its troubling tradition of coddling Trump voters and supporters. The sad Lincoln Memorial spectacle certainly raised concerns about what's been a media hallmark of the Trump era: publishing puff pieces about his supporters and usually whitewashing the racism that fuels his base. The Trump voter journalism genre, featuring (white) locals from red counties inside red states assembled at local diners blindly extolling Trump's virtues (“I think he’s doing a great job”; «Hitting it out of the ballpark”), has become so bountiful, so predictable, and so never-ending that it's turned into something of a Twitter punch line. Yet lots of leading news outlets, especially the New York Times, remain utterly obsessed with detailing the deep love between Trump and his dead-end supporters. (Actual Times headline: »These Guys Really Like Trump.") These GOP-friendly profiles seem to be a way for the supposedly liberal media to signal to conservatives that it’s willing to present their best side—over and over and over. And yes, the entire Trump voter newsbeat was invented out of whole cloth. Early in President Barack Obama’s first term, newsrooms weren't fanning out to Atlanta and Chicago and Los Angeles to stock up on quotes from black voters who loved the new president. Back then, what Obama voters thought of the new president simply wasn’t considered to be newsworthy by the political press. Yet today, what Trump voters think of Trump has been deemed to be wildly important, and is covered relentlessly. But what's been almost universally missing from the nonstop deluge of Trump voter stories? A look into the dark crevices of Trump Nation, and an open acknowledgment that his base is often fueled by racism.
For weeks, the Treasury Department has been attempting to relax sanctions against companies owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. In making this change, the Trump White House has insisted that it had made big demands on Deripaska concerning ownership in those firms. However, as the details emerge, that turns out not to be the case. The New York TImes reports that the deal that Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have offered the Russians is much, much kinder to the oligarch than previously advertised. Far from having to divest himself of ownership of Russian aluminum giant Rusal, Deripaska gets to keep it. And far from losing money in the process, “The deal contains provisions that free him from hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.” Deripaska was Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort’s boss when Manafort was working for the Russians in Ukraine. Manafort also acted as a money launderer for Deripaska and seems to have ended up owing him several million dollars. In the middle of the Trump campaign, Manafort attempted to pay back some of his debt to Deripaska by sharing internal polling information — demonstrating the apparent value the Russians placed on this information. Manafort also offered to broker a private discussion between Trump and Deripaska. In fact, Manafort met with Deripaska’s representative, Konstantin Kilimnik, in the month just before he joined the Trump campaign, suggesting that his signing on to Team Trump might not have been his own idea. Sanctions against Rusal and other Deripaska-connected companies have been delayed multiple times. Mnuchin made a point of saying that the sanctions were not intended to “put Rusal out of business,” which is an extremely odd thing to say about a sanction put in place supposedly to punish Deripaska and his firm for “a range of malign activity around the globe.” That malign activity never really resulted in much against Rusal, and Trump’s representatives have been negotiating with Deripaska’s representatives for a way to simply walk away from the sanctions while claiming victory. Mnuchin has now sent a letter to Congress claiming that, through negotiation, Treasury had reached a deal that would “sever [Deripaska’s] control of these entities.” But instead, the restructuring agreement appears to leave the oligarch in charge, while mostly shuffling shares among his own companies. Critics of the deal pointed out that, after Treasury announced it, the share prices of Rusal and EN+ rose sharply, providing a boost to the portfolios of Mr. Deripaska, his family and VTB.
Government workers may be showing up for their jobs with no paychecks in sight. Families that depend on SNAP to put food on the table may be looking at empty plates. The overall economy may be losing so much momentum that it’s actually on the verge of contraction. But even in the midst of Donald Trump’s arbitrary shutdown, there is a group singled out for special attention. As Mother Jones reports, even though the Interior Department has been reduced to an absolute skeleton staff, with everyone from park rangers to office workers on furlough, the handful of people still at their desks are devoting themselves to America’s neediest—oil and gas companies. Americans may not be able to get help with their tax forms, or count on getting through an airport in time to make a flight, but the Bureau of Land Management is still processing applications for new oil and gas drilling. That includes drilling in the new offshore areas that Trump opened up for oil production last year, and areas carved out of formerly protected zones, such as former national monument areas and former wildlife refugee areas. As the MJ article states, Interior is devoting staff to this area, even if it means bringing people back from their not-a-vacation, to continue implementing “the Administration’s America First energy strategy.” So even after a solid month of the shutdown, with people wondering how they’re going to pay their bills or feed their families, oil companies will get to press ahead with exploration in new areas. This might make some level of sense if there were a worldwide crisis of oil and gas production. There’s not. Storage facilities are full, and the biggest threat to many oil companies is actually the continuing low prices of a glutted market. And even if there were some form of emergency, it would take years for drilling permits being issued now to turn projects from exploration into development and production. This is a non-emergency that’s being treated as an emergency. But then, the same thing can be said of the entire shutdown, and the justification for Trump’s wall. With immigration across the southern border at a 40-year low, there’s absolutely no argument to be made concerning economic or security threats, and the only humanitarian issue at the border is the one Trump is creating by simply not allowing in more people more quickly. As long as Trump can continue to make sure none of his friends feel any pain from his actions, those actions are likely to continue.
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