Thursday, August 24, 2017

Fact Checking Donald Trump's Worst Speech Ever

Donald Trump's speech in Phoenix the other night was so deeply disturbing it made many all over the world wonder what could be done, if anything, to keep him away from the nuclear codes.

So we might have a chance of surviving him.

But don't tell that to Trump because he's giving that rally a rave review.

By running not one, but four short videos on his Twitter site, to make it look like a huge, or yuuuuge success.

But since I saw the whole speech, and it went on forever, and my head still hurts, I thought a reality check might be in order.

Starting with the fact that somehow Trump managed to make weird boring. 

As the night dragged on, many in the crowd lost interest in what the president was saying. Hundreds left early, while others plopped down on the ground, scrolled through their social media feeds or started up a conversation with their neighbors.

After waiting for hours in 107-degree heat to get into the rally hall — where their water bottles were confiscated by security — people were tired and dehydrated and the president just wasn't keeping their attention.

I had trouble keeping my eyes open at one point, and I think if it had lasted two more minutes I might have gone as crazy as Trump... 

Secondly, although Trump claimed that his rally was packed, and that there were almost no demonstrators outside, the truth was somewhat different.   

As Trump began speaking at his event last night, he noted that Secret Service had informed him that very few protesters were outside the convention center. But he also implored the fire marshal to allow more people into the event, suggesting that the room was packed.

But video posted online by U.S. News & World Report correspondent David Catanese‏ account tells a different story. The video clearly shows that a large portion of the convention center floor was empty.

Thirdly, whether you believe that a Trump rally is the safest place in America as the orange oaf claimed, depends among other things on what you think about the guy with the Blacks for Trump sign sitting right behind him... 

The man who calls himself Michael the Black Man. 

At a number of political rallies over the past year, a character calling himself “Michael the Black Man” has appeared in the crowd directly behind Donald Trump, impossible to miss and prompting widespread fascination.

The radical fringe activist from Miami once belonged to a violent black supremacist religious cult, and he runs a handful of amateur, unintelligible conspiracy websites. He has called Barack Obama “The Beast” and Hillary Clinton a Ku Klux Klan member. Oprah Winfrey, he says, is the devil. 

Most curiously, in the 1990s, he was charged, then acquitted, with conspiracy to commit two murders.

And lastly but not leastly, it seems that just about everything Trump said at that rally was detached from reality. 

Or one lie after the other...

Trump blamed the media for not properly covering his initial statement on the violence in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, and proceeded to read portions of his initial remarks.

But Trump did not read the portion of his comments that were criticized by Republicans and Democrats for not explicitly condemning the racist, anti-Semitic protesters.

From leaving out words like "many sides," to his claim that CNN's ratings were down:

Trump is wrong. CNN is at a five-year high in several key categories, according to data provided by the Nielsen Company.

To the number of demonstrators outside that he claimed were only a few.

After the rally, the Phoenix police chief said the city’s downtown had "tens of thousands" of people exercising their First Amendment rights.

Which brings us back to the original question: how safe can we be when a man like that  is so close to the nuclear button?

And my answer would be: not very...

And the good news? The Resistance is alive and well in America. 

Yet another science adviser has quit the administration of Donald Trump, this time with a secret message spelling out the word "impeach" in his resignation letter. 

"Mr President, I am resigning as Science Envoy," Dr Kammen said in a post sharing his letter on Twitter. "Your response to Charlottesville enables racism, sexism, & harms our country and planet."

More Americans are standing up and saying enough is enough, including many powerful Republicans.

And the message is spreading: Only by resisting him by whatever means necessary...

Will the beast be brought down.

Decency be restored.

And sanity reign again...


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Anonymous said...

I pray Mattis has pulled a Schlesinger.

Anonymous said...

Michael the Black Man here. Check out my website and find out what THEY don't want you to know. ;)

Anonymous said...

I don't think he's going to nuke anyone. As much as some people like to make him out to be a monster, I believe he'll do his best to help the economy and when his term expires in a few years that'll be the end of that.

I must admit I've been thinking... as a straight white male it was harder for me to notice it but I've realized his rhetoric has surely emboldened some of the worst people in society. So for that alone I can understand why you're not a fan of his.

- A former commenter

Anonymous said...

Anyone who would wait in 107F heat to see Donald Lump-a-shit are as crazy as he is and should seek help immediately.
As for Trump and the red button? I firmly believe that those closest to him have a plan B in the event he impulsively decides to nuke wherever his twisted mind tells him to.
When our existence depends on the whims of a madman, rules and protocols can and will be broken for the greater good.

Anonymous said...

Even better is that the first letter in each paragraph of the science advisor's resignation letter spelled out IMPEACH. A similar coded message was in the resignation letter of his entire Arts Council, spelling out RESIST.

Won't be long now before the whole rest of the cabinet resigns. All his onetime cheerleaders signing a letter spelling out, "give me an F, give me a U, give me a C ...."

Anonymous said...

Haha, sounds like that scam artist Kevin Trudeau. No relation to the PM, of course, but I can see Trump going so far off the deep end that he invites that guy to the WH and tries to renegotiate NAFTA with him. "This is my new found friend, the sultan of Al-Q'anadia." If you can judge a man by the company he keeps, Trump really is certifiable.

Anonymous said...

Did Trump say anything truthful during that entire speech? Was there ever a man more unfit to be president? Thanks for carving up that turkey Simon and keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

I've only seen news clips of that rally but they were enough to convince me that Trump is suffering from some kind of mental illness, or dementia. I know impeachment would probably lead to civil war, but something needs to be done before Trump leads us to war and disaster.

Simon said...

Hi can do what you like with this post or any other. I may soon have a contract for my novel, but this blog will always be free. Anything else would be fraud... ;)

Simon said...

Hi anon....I just hope Mattis still packs a gun, if Trump lunges at the nuclear button it may be needed... ;)

Simon said...

Hi anon 11:01am or "Michael"...I briefly considered checking out that website, but I decided not to. I find the Internet disturbing enough...

Simon said...

Hi anon 3:09 pm...what amazes me is how that guy manages to get the seat right behind Trump at rally after rally. He seems to be enjoying himself, but he looks so out of place surrounded by all those other weird looking Trump groupies, it only makes Trump look even more like a faith healer at some redneck. But I guess they'll take any black person they can, and Trump is certifiable...

Simon said...

Hi anon 12:39 pm.... Whether you consider Trump a monster or not, he is unfit to be president. He's out of his depth, incredibly ignorant, and he is leading his country in the direction of a new civil war. And for me the way he is emboldening white supremacists and Nazis is the absolute limit....

Simon said...

Hi JD...I read an article yesterday about why Trump likes Arizona, and why many of the people who live there love him.And of course it begins and ends with racism. You might think that Trump's position on climate change would have many questioning their support for him, since it wouldn't take much more global warming to make Arizona unlivable. And yes, as I said above, at some point I hope Trump will be escorted out of the Oval Office ar gunpoint if necessary....

Simon said...

Hi anon..., I welcome every creative way to get the progressive message out. An ordinary resignation letter might be ignored, but when you can spell out IMPEACH or RESIST in the margins, the media gives it more play, and the message is amplified...

Simon said...

Hi anon...I don't know if Trump said anything truthful, maybe he did when I dozed off for about ten minutes. But when I was awake and watching all I saw was lies. I think Trump believes he can get away with anything, after all he was the one who claimed he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue, and would still be adored by his fans. When I first heard that I didn't think he could be elected as a dog catcher, but he was elected president, and now we're all going to pay for it....

Simon said...

Hi anon...believe me you were lucky not to watch that horror show. It was both boring and depressing. But like you I honestly believe that Trump is not playing with a full deck, and I can only hope that he can be either convinced or compelled to resign, because anyone who thinks this horror story is going to have a happy ending, is as delusional as Trump...

David said...

Anonymous said...

Photo: Bob Dylan

Trump’s Mound of Hair

"Ballad Of A Thin Man" appears on Highway 61 Revisited—Bob Dylan’s sixth studio album—released August 30, 1965.

Original Song
Live Performance

Urban Dictionary: Trumping

1. To deny that you said something in the past even though you have, in fact, said it many times before
2. Attempting to trump someone’s argument (pun intended) by simply being louder and more obnoxious than they are
3. Making a claim or offering an opinion on a subject for which you have absolutely no experience or knowledge
4. When a demagogue uses hyperbole ad nauseam; to grandstand in an all-talk, no-plan fashion
5. Answering a question with anything that is in your head, other than the question asked


You walk into the Oval Office
With your smartphone in your hand
You see David Duke smile
And you say, "Who is that man?"
You try so hard
But you don’t understand
You tell the Survivor staff
"This joint’s a real dump!"

'Cause something is happening here
But you don’t know what it is
Do you, Mr. Trump?

You hit your golf ball
Then you ask, "Is this where it is?"
And General Kelly points to you and says
"It is"
And you say, "That’s mine?"
And Don Junior says, "Where what is?"
And you say, "Oh my God
I just beat Forrest Gump!"

But something is happening
And you don’t care what it is
Do you, Mister Trump?

You pardon Sheriff Joe
Your face on yuge TVs
The base bows down to you
Ah, those precious Phoenix memories
And you ask, "How does it feel
To be white like me?"
You think they're terrific
So you give them fist-pumps

And something is alt-right here
But you don’t see what it is
Do you, Mister Trump?

You have many contacts
Among the paid hacks
To get you facts
When the press attacks your imagination
But nobody has any respect
Anyway they already expect you
To just give applause
To climate denier pollutin' organizations

You've been with your accountants
Fox & Friends like your looks
With great lawyers you have
Discussed Russians and crooks
You’ve been through all of
Barron's Grade 5 textbooks
You’re very well read
You’re no chump

But something is happening here
And you don’t smell what it is
Do you, Mister Trump?

Well, the Bible preacher, he comes up to you
And then he kneels
He crosses himself
And he thinks you make great deals
And without further notice
He asks you how it feels
And he says, "I want my soul back,
I’m in a slump"

And you know something is happening
But you don’t like what it is
Do you, Mister Trump?

Now you see this man in white
Saying the word "Seek"
And you ask, "For what reason?"
And he says, "Be meek"
And you ask, "What does this mean?”
And he says, "Your life’s bleak.
Give the poor all your wealth
Or follow the man Trump"

And you know something’s happening
But you don’t know who he is
Do you, Mister Trump?

Well, you fly to Mar-a-Lago
Watch CNN and then you frown
You keep the dossier in your pocket
And your hair in a mound
There ought to be a law
Against you lyin' around
You should be made
To wear speed bumps

‘Cause the joke is on you now
And you don’t get what it is
Do you, Mister Trump?

New Ride Down Dylan's Highway 61
Ballad Of A Thin Man (1965)

Anonymous said...

Trump's "Yuge" Compilation

Winter Is Trumping

Kiwi Kids Trumping Trump

Trump Dossier Testimony From Senate Judiciary

Transcripts: The Rachel Maddow Show

Michelle Obama Warns America (Video)


It’s All Over Now, Baby Don

Trump Sick

Weeknd Vs Trump Jr.

We Won't Back Down

Joni Mitchell Vs Alt-White

Anonymous said...

Ballad of a Con Man (with apologies to Bob Dylan)

Ballad of an Orange Man ......for Donald Trump