Another day, another lie designed to scare people into letting him do whatever he wants with no checks or balances.
The Washington Post reports:
Trump met Tuesday morning with a group of sheriffs from the National Sheriffs Association, a group which consists of more than 3,000 sheriffs from around the country. And to this sworn group of law enforcement veterans, with reporters taking notes, he again repeated a falsehood about the murder rate in America. According to Carol Lee of the Wall Street Journal who filed a pool report: “At one point POTUS said the country’s murder rate is highest it’s been in 45-47 years. He singled out Chicago. He said Chicago is worse than some places in Middle East where there are wars going on.” The country’s murder rate is not the highest it’s been in 40 years. It is almost at its lowest point, actually, according to the FBI, which gathers up statistics every year from police departments around the country.I truly believe there is absolutely nothing the conspiracy-theorist-in-chief and demagoguery poster child could do to make his supporters see he is unfit to serve. I guess all we can hope for is that he crosses a GOP lawmaker and they begin to keep score, although that seems increasingly unlikely given how united they've become even in the face of a "leader" they purported to despise.
Of course, there may also be a reason people are afraid to stick their necks out.
How easy was it to manipulate Trump into the botched raid in Yemen? Just tell him Obama wouldn't have done it. (That sounds like a winning foreign-policy strategy.)
Another nominee who has contempt for the department he was picked to lead. First Betsy DeVos got rewarded with the education secretary job for plagiarizing her confirmation answers, now this guy's about to become labor secretary even though he got caught paying an undocumented housekeeper under the table. (FYI: He would oversee enforcement of U.S. labor laws, including how wage-and-hour rules apply to immigrant workers.) What's next, an interior secretary known for starting forest fires? UPDATE: I was being cynical, but it turns out the interior nominee, Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke, voted against the Endangered Species Act a total of 21 times. Is there NOTHING these people are not horrible about?