Thursday, 16 February 2017

Action on Voter Fraud

Donald Trump has been accused on going on a 'unicorn hunt' over allegations of widespread voter fraud by political opponents who say the problem that does not really exist.

But if people really are abusing their citizenship rights by being registered to vote in more than one state, the President doesn't have to look too far to find some of the culprits.

Including his daughter (Tiffany Trump), his son-in-law (Jared Kushner), two members of his cabinet (Steve Bannon and  Steven Mnuchin) and the White House press secretary (Sean 'Shoogly Nail' Spicer).


Trump's a Terrible Faker

Photo published for Trump makes false statement about U.S. murder rate to sheriffs’ group

More fake claims from the increasingly unhinged President Trump who told the National Sheriffs Association the other day that:

“the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years.” 

Trump went on to blame the news media for not reporting this development as he did recently over the reporting of terrorist incidents at home and in Europe

Yet it turns out Trump's latest claim is again completely false.

After the FBI, which gathers the information from police departments across America, confirmed that the murder rate is almost at its lowest point in 47 years.

If Trump goes on making a fool of himself like this, I guess we'll have no choice but to call his a so-called President if he visits our country's shores later in 2017.


'Shoogly Nail' Sean (08/02/17)

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The President's official press secretary Sean Spicer assured an anxious nation yesterday that Donald Trump does not own a bathrobe before adding:

"He definitely doesn't wear one."

A short time later the internet was flooded with pictures of Donald J Trump posing in something that looked suspiciously like a bathrobe, while showing a bit too much leg if you ask me.

Now this is the same Sean Spicer who made such a fool of himself over the 'size' of Donald Trump's inauguration event - see post below dated 23 January 2017.

If you ask me, Spicer's job which he's only had for a few weeks is now hanging by a 'shoogly nail'.


Every Picture Tells a Story (23/01/17)

Donald Trump has a well deserved reputation for being terribly thin-skinned and sensitive to personal criticism which seems to have affected other White House officials as well, if this angry rant by the new press secretary, Sean Spicer, is anything to go by.

Team Trump claimed that the 2017 inauguration was the biggest ever event of its kind "period" - with Trump himself claiming that the "crowds went all the way back to the Washington monument" when in fact this was clearly not true.

Every picture tells as story, as they say, and this photo of President Obama's inauguration in 2009 speaks for itself.
But instead of getting with the serious business of government Team Trump got involved in a ridiculous spat which ended with his press secretary blaming the 'floor coverings' for reducing the visual impact of the Trump supporters.

Trump claims media 'dishonest' over crowd photos

BBC US & Canada

Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionTrump's inauguration (left) and Obama's in 2009, viewed from the Washington Monument

President Donald Trump has accused the media of dishonesty over the number of people attending his inauguration.

Mr Trump said "it looked like" some 1.5m people had been there when he spoke at the US Capitol on Friday.

His press secretary later said it had been "the largest audience to ever see an inauguration" even though figures he cited add up to under 750,000 people.

And photographs appear to show many more attending the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009.

On Saturday, millions in the US and around the world took part in protests to highlight women's rights, which activists believe to be under threat from the new administration.

The largest US rally was in the capital, Washington DC, which city officials estimated to be more than 500,000-strong, followed by New York with some 400,000 and hundreds of thousands elsewhere, including Chicago and Los Angeles. 

Inauguration: What are the figures?

For decades, the US National Park Service provided official crowd estimates for gatherings on the National Mall.

But the agency stopped providing counts after organisers of the Million Man March protest about rights for black people in 1995 threatened a lawsuit.

Mr Trump said "it looked like a million and a half people" there on Friday - with the crowd extending all the way back to the Washington Monument.

To support the argument, his press secretary Sean Spicer outlined figures amounting to 720,000 people in the Mall.

He also said that the number of people taking Washington's subway system on the day had been higher than during Mr Obama's second inauguration in 2013.

In fact, there were 782,000 tickets that year, 571,000 this year, the Washington-area transit authority says.

Mr Spicer also said that plastic sheets had been used for the first time to cover the grass which "had the effect of highlighting areas people were not standing whereas in years past the grass eliminated this visual". In fact, the grass was also covered in 2013.

He added that fences and metal detectors had had an impact on attendance, but this had also been denied by officials as being a factor.

District of Columbia officials had made preparations for an estimated 700,000 to 900,000. 

What are US media saying?

The new president repeated his low opinion of the media dubbing reporters "among the most dishonest human beings on earth". Mr Spicer vowed "to hold the press accountable".

In their reaction, major US media outlets flatly denied the claims made by the US president and his spokesman.

The New York Times, singled out by Mr Spicer, denounced "false claims".

CNN said it did not even broadcast the spokesman's statement live. It said the press secretary had attacked the media "for accurately reporting" and went on to debunk the claims.

ABC news also goes into detail to refute the claims.

Pro-Trump Fox News reported the claims unchallenged.

BuzzFeed News accuses Mr Spicer of lying and goes on to provide Twitter memes generated from his remarks.

A worrying debut: Analysis by David Willis, BBC News, Washington
In his first ever White House briefing, Sean Spicer rounded on reporters in a manner few here can remember.

Echoing President Trump's charge of dishonesty, Mr Spicer issued a thinly-veiled warning to reporters covering the Trump presidency, saying the new administration intended to "hold the press accountable".

Precisely what he means by that is unclear, but the statement has left many veterans of the White House press pool deeply concerned.

Ultimately, of course, it begs the broader question - what will prove most unpalatable to this new administration: the messenger or the message?

What are inauguration figures for past US presidents?

Officials from the District of Columbia have said that 1.8m people attended Mr Obama's 2009 inauguration and close to 1m showed up for his second in 2013.

George W Bush drew some 400,000 in 2005, 300,000 in 2001; Bill Clinton had 800,000 in 1993 then 250,000 in 1997.

Some 140,000 tickets were sold for Ronald Reagan's inauguration in 1985, but extreme cold forced officials to move the ceremony indoors, says Politifact.

It says the biggest crowd the National Park Service counted was for Lyndon Johnson's 1965 swearing-in that drew 1.2m.

Trump's Out of Control

Not a day goes by without Donald Trump making claims about 'false news', but here we have an American President making the news himself with completely invented, made up claims over the reporting of Islamist terrorism by the news media.

Trump's bizarre behaviour is reported extensively in The Guardian article below, but the man himself seems unfazed by the fact that he just making things up as he goes along 

“in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that,” Trump stated.

Even though his claim was utterly false and made without a shred of supporting evidence.

Yet while Trump goes out of his way to smear America's allies long-standing in Europe he continues to go out of his way to cosy up to Russia and Vladimir Putin.

More Americans voted for Hillary Clinton than those voted for Donald Trump, so we should not allow this crazy behaviour to develop into an anti-American thing.

But the reality is that President Trump is out of control.

Donald Trump's 'under-reported' terror list includes Paris, Berlin and Nice attacks
White House backs up president’s claim that media is deliberately ignoring terror attacks by releasing list riddled with errors

By David Smith - The Guardian

The White House has distributed a list of 78 terrorist attacks to support Donald Trump’s claim that the media is failing to properly report them.

But the list includes many atrocities that received blanket western media coverage including the Paris Bataclan attacks, the Nice truck killings and the San Bernardino shootings.

Many others including the Sydney siege and Germany’s Christmas market attack received wide international coverage.

The list also includes multiple errors and spelling mistakes, including ‘San Bernadino’, and for no apparent reason excludes terror attacks in Israel.

The release comes after the US president told military leaders in Tampa, Florida, on Monday that there have been attacks all over Europe but “in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it.” He added, “They have their reasons, and you understand that,” but did not expand.