Nel's New Day

September 2, 2018

DDT Lies, Destroys People’s Lies

“Birtherism is now federal policy. Anyone who is not white is suspected of not being a real American,” tweeted former Republican Max Boot. People with birth certificates are being denied passports because the government doesn’t “believe” that they are citizens—probably because they aren’t white. George W. Bush had sometimes done the same thing, but a 2009 government settlement stopped most of the passport denials. Now thousands of Hispanics along the border are accused of using fraudulent birth certificates. Even with official U.S. birth certificates passport applicants are being jailed in immigration detention centers and being entered into deportation proceedings. Others in Mexico with legal passports cannot reenter the U.S. because their passports are revoked. Passport applicants able to afford legal costs for suing the government typically win their cases, but many of this population cannot afford the fees and lawyers.

Charles Pierce wrote about passports in authoritarian countries:

“Back in the days of the Pinochet regime in Chile, over 20,000 Chilean exiles had their passports marked with an “L,” a designation that kept them out of the country…. In 1938, the German government invalidated all German passports belonging to Jewish citizens. By the fall, they were all issued new passports marked with a “J.” It was one of the first ways that German Jews were culled from the rest of the population and targeted. At about the same time, in the Soviet Union, passports were made mandatory as a means of internal control, as a means of keeping track of various elements of which the regime was not fond.”

Thousands of immigrants from Vietnam protected by a treaty are also being deported, facing danger because they supported the U.S.-backed state of South Vietnam. Most of them came to the U.S. before 1995 when diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the U.S. were resumed. Almost 2 million refugees left Vietnam after the war because they faced reprisals for working for the South Vietnamese government. Less than a year ago, Vietnam listed a U.S.-based group loyal to South Vietnam as a terrorist organization and jailed four people for 7-to-12 years for flying the South Vietnamese flag.

Stephen Miller, white supremacist aide to Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) created the policy that any noncitizen found guilty of a crime, even as small as a DUI, does not have immunity to deportation. Vietnam does not want the deportees, and they have no idea how to live in that country. Some of their crimes when they first arrived, bullied and growing up in poor neighborhoods.

DDT’s deportation of Mauritanians, another vulnerable population of people who have lived peacefully in the U.S. for many years, drives them into slavery and violence if they are forced to return to Mauritania.

Upset because he heard that most news on Google about him is negative, DDT is considering its regulation. Fox’s Lou Dobbs covered an unscientific report by PJ Media editor Paula Bolyward in which she titled, “96 Percent of Google Search Results for ‘Trump’ News Are from Liberal Media Outlets.” DDT’s predawn tweet read that search returns for “Trump News” were “RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD.” Asked if he wants to regulate Google and social media, DDT answered that he wants to make it “fair,” which might be another term for “regulation.”  Columnist Josh Rogin compares DDT’s threats with the censorship of the internet in China where people can be jailed for “publishing anything online that criticizes Xi directly, his government or anything the Communist Party deems improper, unharmonious or subversive.”

DDT has moved on to other diversions, but DDT’s top economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that an investigation into anti-conservative viewpoints will be “put through.” At the same time, Congress is looking into “bias” in “social media” and considering regulations for these private companies. At the same time, the U.S. government is using fake Facebook accounts in Cuba to clandestinely foment protest, according to the “Congressional Budget Justification[s]” from the U.S. Agency for Global Media, formerly the Broadcasting Board of Governors. The “non-branded local Facebook accounts to disseminate information … will be replicated on other preferred social media networks.” Last year’s report included a similar strategy with the rational that “native pages increase the chances of appearing on Cuban Facebook users newsfeeds.” Any success of this project could expand to foment clandestine protests in the U.S.  Congress might want to investigate that issue.

By assigning all his responsibilities to other people and being unable to attend events such as funerals because he is a pariah, DDT has time to travel the country and lie to people. The Associated Press tends to be very conservative, but it found these DDT lies last week, reporting that DDT “is living in an alternate reality when it comes to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and other controversies swirling around him.”

Some of last week’s falsehoods:

  • A “perjury trap”: no one can make him lie in court unless he makes the decision to lie, and Mueller probably won’t indict a sitting president.
  • Cohen’s crimes: yes, DDT, the campaign finance violations are crimes.
  • Paul Manafort: DDT says that the man found guilty of eight counts—thus far—and not acquitted of the others should be considered innocent.
  • Popularity among women: DDT says 52 percent, but that’s just white women; with all women, it’s 41 percent.
  • Stealing political slogans: DDT complains that “Promises Made, Promises Kept” was taken by Bill DeBlasio, but DDT took it from Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign and Michigan Gov. John Engler in 1994. Ronald Reagan’s slogan was “Let’s Make America Great Again.” Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) used “drain the swamp” in 2006.
  • Tax cuts: no, they aren’t the biggest. The $1.5 trillion tax cut over 10 years ranks #12. (Maybe that’s why he’s pushing for more tax cuts this fall.) Thus far, the cuts are putting an extra $17 a month into take-home pay after factoring in higher state and local taxes while inflation has dropped wages in the past year.
  • Environmental quality: the U.S. is definitely not #1; it ranks #27. The U.S. ranks #87, behind the Philippines, in dangerous soot exposure levels, and #66 in smog.
  • Stealing political slogans: DDT complains that “Promises Made, Promises Kept” was taken by Bill DeBlasio, but DDT took it from Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign and Michigan Gov. John Engler in 1994. Ronald Reagan’s slogan was “Let’s Make America Great Again.” Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) used “drain the swamp” in 2006.
  • Crime and immigration: Most of the MS-13 members caught are U.S. citizens, and there’s no indication that gang members “poured in” under President Obama. The total number of 10,000 in the U.S. is about the same as a decade ago. The DOJ stated that the Obama administration was especially successful in 2009 and 2010. Studies show that immigration doesn’t lead to increased crime. Foreign-born immigrants are less likely to commit crime than native-born Americans.
  • Clinton emails: DDT falsely claimed that the FBI ignored “675,000 Crooked Hillary Clinton Emails” that he knows are “really bad.” The lies came from the racist conspiracy-filled website produced by The Federalist. DDT threatened to “get involved.”   The FBI confirmed that DDT’s statements about China hacking Clinton’s emails were a lie, that there was no evidence of any breach in her server.

DDT even lies to Christian evangelicals. At his special dinner for evangelicals at the White House, DDT told attendees that he had gotten “rid of” a law forbidding churches and charitable organizations from endorsing political candidates. Congress was unable to kill the Johnson Amendment last year, and it’s still on the books. DDT told his audience to break the law before he said that the upcoming election is “a referendum on your religion.” I guess that he doesn’t find himself a part of evangelical Christianity.

After a man with an arsenal was arrested for threatening to murder reporters at the Boston Globe as “enemies of the people,” DDT ratcheted up the hatred by claiming that these “enemies” are connected to “left-wing haters, angry mobs, deep-state radicals” of the Democratic party in some bizarre “deep-state” conspiracy against himself.

DDT thinks that the stripes in the U.S. flag might be blue and not red. That’s how he colored them when he was touring the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus with First Lady Melania Trump and HHS Secretary Alex Azar. The flag of the Russian Federation (right) does have blue stripes. And no, the photo of him is not photoshopped. A few hours after he couldn’t remember the colors of the flag, he attacked CBS and ESPN over the NFL’s protest controversy about the police killing blacks, again bragging about his love for the U.S. flag.

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