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Monday News: Trump Makes “4 Pinocchios” Claims of Fictional “Voter Fraud”; “Election experts aghast at Trump’s baldfaced lie”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, November 28.

  • Quizzical
  • The Trump team’s dysfunction continues and even worsens…


    • Quizzical

      It’s a neck and neck horserace for Secretary of State! Never mind about those conflicts of interest.

  • Robert Reich just posted this:

    The President-elect of the United States, soon to hold the highest office of the most powerful democracy in the world, is now making the most serious possible allegation about that democracy’s presidential election. Donald Trump claims “serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire, and California” — three states that went for Hillary Clinton. Then, not content just to impugn the election outcomes in these states, he also casts doubt on the credibility of the media, asking “why isn’t the media reporting on this? Serious bias – big problem!”

    There is, of course, no basis for his claims of voter fraud or of media bias. He’s just miffed that at least 2.2 million more Americans voted for Hillary Clinton than for him, and that the votes in another three states – Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania – were so close that a recount has begun.

    Proof again that Trump is a dangerous demagogue who poses a clear and present danger to our democracy. If the Electors who are to cast their ballots December 19 have any sense of who he is, they will not make him President of the United States. If they do, we must hope that he is impeached as quickly as possible. As long as he is president, we owe it to our country to peacefully resist all that this man will try to do.

  • Charlottesville Vice-Mayor: “I sincerely apologize for the inappropriate things I posted to social media many years ago.” (note: he’s responding to Homophobic, sexist, anti-white language abundant in Charlottesville vice mayor’s tweets and ‘Inappropriate’ tweets from Charlottesville vice mayor cause some to call for his removal):

    Good Evening Everyone,
    It has recently come to my attention that some disrespectful, and quite frankly, ignorant comments I made some years ago have come into the public eye and rightfully upset people.

    I sincerely apologize for the inappropriate things I posted to social media many years ago. Elected officials should be held to a higher standard, and while I was not in office at the time, in this instance I came up short of the man I aspire to be.

    I often send a message or two when I see a student or young person that I work with post something to the Internet that’s misguided. I remind them: “This isn’t how you want to represent yourself. I know you. You’re better than this. Delete this or take that down.” I could have done with similar advice and thought more carefully before acting as I did back then.

    At the time of the tweets that I saw posted on the website, I was a young man in my early 20s living outside the Deep South for the first time. In the course of trying to mature and find my way I came to some false conclusions about the world around me and made them known. Since then, I’ve furthered my education and gotten married. I’m raising daughters. I have and continue to strive to be a better man, community leader, educator, public servant, and overall person. I work every day to become a better version of myself.

    I’m not there yet. I still make mistakes. But getting the chance to point that out may be the silver lining to all this. There are issues that need to be brought to light and dealt with. Equality in areas such as gender, sexual orientation, and race need to be discussed. I’ve worked to do so. However, just because I’ve convened some of these conversations does not mean that I’m exempt from any of them, far from it. I have just as much growing and learning to do as anyone else, more so in many cases.

    One of The best things that has happened to me since I’ve moved to Charlottesville has been encountering people of all races who were loving, caring and committed to justice and equality as I was. As a young man with limited views and experiences, This was eye opening to say the least. I’ve sat amongst White, Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern, Gay, Straight, Transgender women and men who didn’t look me but helped me expand my horizons and grow. I have sat eye to eye with friends and shared a mutual commitment to build a community where all people could thrive! I have truly grown up as a man in this city.

    That’s why civil discourse is so important. Through collective understanding and mutual respect we grow stronger as a city. That sentiment, now more than ever, is critically important.

    My hope is that in the future the author of the blog post that prompted this response meets this call for civility. Contrary to what was written, I am not a black supremacist, a racist, a misogynist, nor am I any of the other things he purports me to be. What I am is a son, a husband, a father, a teacher, and a proud member of this community who works every day to improve the city we live in.

    So once more I apologize. All I can do now is say that tomorrow is a new day. Tomorrow is a new opportunity. I’ll be back at work doing everything I can to keep building One Community, One Charlottesville. I hope you’ll join me as we make this city a better one for all! #BlessUp

  • Former VA LG Bill Bolling (R):

    Donald Trump should be more than “irritated” by Kelleyanne Conway’s attacks on Mitt Romney, he should be furious. Either Trump knew about the criticisms and sanctioned them in an effort to send a message to Romney; or Conway went rougue, which makes Trump look bad. Trump needs to put a stop to the internal feuds and public disagreements among his top staff. He needs to designate someone to speak publicly on his behalf, and everyone else needs to be quiet. You cannot run an administration when the key players are pursuing their own agendas. Otherwise, it’s management by chaos.

  • Rep. Don Beyer rips Stephen Bannon’s white supremacist views