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Saturday News: “We’re feeling what not having hope feels like”; FBI Agrees that Russia Helped Trump Win


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, December 17. Also check out Michelle Obama talking about “what else do you have if you don’t have hope?”

  • Robert Reich nails it yet again (except that it’s “bald-faced lies,” not “boldface lies.”

    The President-elect continues to lie big-time:

    1. Trump told a rally audience last night that “The murder rate in the United States is the largest it’s been in 45 years,” when in fact it’s near a 50-year low, according to the FBI (see below).
    2. He also keeps saying he won the election by a “landslide” when in fact he lost the popular vote by 2.8 million votes – over five times Al Gore’s margin over George W. Bush in 2000.
    3. He repeatedly says the election was marred by “massive voting fraud” when in fact there’s no evidence of voting fraud at all – unless you consider Russia’s hacking.
    A democracy can only function on the basis of truth. If the public is repeatedly told by its president that the murder rate is soaring, it may support policies such as harsher policing and sentencing – the opposite of what we need. If repeatedly told that Trump won by a landslide, the public may give him a mandate he doesn’t deserve. If told of “massive voter fraud” the public may support further efforts to suppress votes through rigid ID and other requirements.

    A President-elect who repeats boldface lies poses a clear threat to American democracy. This is how tyranny begins.

  • Louisiana blogger/political activists Lamar White, Jr. nails it as well:

    Two months ago, America felt bright and bold and strong and full of possibility.

    Two months ago, it was a place that championed women and minorities and LGBT folks and people with disabilities, a place that seemed on the verge of a breakthrough: A definitive and final repudiation of the politics of hatred, bigotry, and intolerance.

    White nationalists are emboldened. The free press is routinely threatened. Murderous dictators are legitimized. Science is under attack. There are no longer penalties for lying to the American people, only intimidation by a President perpetrating those lies.

    The most powerful and important government in the entire world is now controlled by the least qualified Cabinet and the least qualified President in the history of our Republic.

    Two months ago, we believed that love would trump hate.

    Despite all of her faults- and there were many- when Hillary Clinton exited the national stage, America has not been the same. We may never be the same.

    It is difficult to see how we recover from this, particularly after it gets normalized over the next four years.

  • Quizzical

    Kushner thinks he is a political genius now. The hubris force is strong in this one.

    • And Trump has empowered him “bigly” – ugh.

  • Quizzical

    Uh oh – Trump’s appointee to OMB, Mulvaney, has a big problem with deficit spending. Yet Trump has promised a big tax cut, a military buildup, an offensive to crush ISIS, an infrastructure rebuilding program, repeal and replace Obamacare, plus we have the pesky fact of rising sea levels to deal with – where’s the money coming from to do all this

    • This is going to be a disaster.

  • Quizzical

    Question about the Va budget: why not take the Medicaid expansion money now? It looks like the ACA is going to be repealed prospectively regardless, so why leave Virginia’s share of the money on the table? Why not take those funds to make life easier during the transition period?

  • Quizzical
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  • Dave Webster

    If you read the articles carefully you will see the FBI has made no statement that it agrees with the CIA’s assessment. It is CIA Director Brennan who stated in an internal email that the FBI agreed with him. Further, I don’t think anyone seriously believes that internal DNC emails leaked to the press changed the outcome of the election.