Trump Keeps Bragging About Imaginary Auto Plants in Swing States


Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post

Many plants are being built right now – auto plants – in Michigan, just like I said. They’re being built in Ohio, they’re being built in South Carolina, North Carolina, they’re being built all over and expanded at a level that we’ve never seen before. Cause I said to Japan, Germany and others, ‘Sorry, you’ve got to come here and build plants, otherwise we’re going to have to make it very tough on you with tariffs.’ ” – President Donald Trump, remarks on Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2020

Acording to our database of Trump’s false and misleading claims, the president has mentioned Michigan in 120 false claims, Ohio in 94 claims and North Carolina in 68 claims. South Carolina is not a swing state, but it may have a competitive Senate race, so that may be why it slipped into his spiel on Labor Day

It’s been a while since we have reviewed these claims in a full fact check. So has anything happened to make Trump’s falsehoods any more true?


Essentially, Trump says that under his watch, auto assembly plants have been added at an unprecedented rate in Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina and possibly other states – “they’re being built all over and expanded at a level that we’ve never seen before.” He attributes this to his jawboning of countries such as Japan and Germany – and his threat of higher tariffs.


So we checked in with the experts at the Center for Automotive Research, a group that assiduously tracks this information.

No surprise. Trump is making stuff up.

Kristin Dziczek, vice president at CAR, said there have been four new auto assembly plants announced since Trump took office – three in Michigan, one in Alabama. Here are the details, with the information provided by Dziczek.

– Navya, a French company, announced 2017. This is the company’s first North American production facility, which will roll out 25 of its driverless Arma shuttles by the end of the year. Kits will be brought from France initially, but Navya is under contract with U.S. suppliers to provide parts. (Saline, Mich., 50 jobs.)

– Toyota, a Japanese company, in a joint venture with Mazda, announced 2017. Toyota Motor Corp. has abandoned plans to build Corolla sedans at a joint assembly plant it is building in cooperation with Mazda in Huntsville, Ala., and instead will build an as-yet-unannounced crossover there. (4,000 jobs.)


Trump Fed Himself This Shit Sandwich, and Trumpists Pecked at His Table Scraps


This wasn’t a president trying to calmly lead the nation through crisis; this was Trump simply not giving a f–k.

US Accuses Giuliani Ally of Being a Russian Spy and Sanctions Him for Involvement in Election Meddling


By Zachary Cohen, Kylie Atwood and Marshall Cohen


Ukrainian lawmaker Andriy Derkach attends a news conference titled “Publication of facts of pressure of U.S. Embassy on Ukraine’s law enforcement agencies to interfere in electoral process in U.S.”, in Kiev, Ukraine October 9, 2019.

The US Treasury Department announced Thursday that it is sanctioning a Ukrainian lawmaker with ties to President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, accusing him of being a Russian spy involved in Moscow’s interference efforts in the 2020 election.

The controversial Ukrainian lawmaker, Andrii Derkach, was already singled out earlier this summer by the US intelligence community for helping Moscow’s ongoing efforts to weaken Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Democrats urge Trump administration to impose sanctions on Russians meddling in 2020 election

Now, the former member of a pro-Russia party who met with Giuliani in Ukraine last year has been added to a list of Specially Designated Nationals, meaning his assets have been blocked and “US persons are generally prohibited from dealing with them,” according to the Treasury Department.
The three Russian nationals who were sanctioned — Artem Lifshits, Anton Andreyev and Darya Aslanova — work for the Russian troll factory known as the Internet Research Agency (IRA). US prosecutors have alleged that IRA meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
The Treasury Department said Thursday that Derkach has waged a years-long “covert influence campaign centered on cultivating false and unsubstantiated narratives concerning U.S. officials in the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election, spurring corruption investigations in both Ukraine and the United States designed to culminate prior to election day.”
“Andrii Derkach and other Russian agents employ manipulation and deceit to attempt to influence elections in the United States and elsewhere around the world,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement Thursday.
“The United States will continue to use all the tools at its disposal to counter these Russian disinformation campaigns and uphold the integrity of our election system,” he added.
Derkach has worked closely with Giuliani to peddle anti-Biden material, which has also been embraced by Republican lawmakers and right-wing outlets like OANN.
Trump retweets Russian propaganda about Biden that US intel agencies say is intended to influence 2020 election

The intelligence community’s top election security official William Evanina issued a statement on August 7saying Russia was actively working to “denigrate” Biden and accused Derkach of “spreading claims about corruption” to undermine Biden’s candidacy and the Democratic Party.
Ten days after the intelligence community’s statement, Trump retweeted Russian propaganda that contained material released earlier this year by Derkach. Trump has repeatedly refused to acknowledge Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help his campaign, an assessment long confirmed by both the intelligence community and the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Democrats have also charged that Derkach sent information to both Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson and Rep. Devin Nunes. Johnson has denied receiving anything from Derkach, accusing Democrats of spreading Russian disinformation themselves with the allegation.
Last week a group of Senate Democrats sent a letter to Mnuchin to sanction those who are who are meddling in the 2020 US elections after the intelligence community’s statement.

Trump Says He Knew Coronavirus Was ‘Deadly’ And Worse Than The Flu While Intentionally Misleading Americans

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s head popped up during his top-secret intelligence briefing in the Oval Office on Jan. 28 when the discussion turned to the novel coronavirus outbreak in China.

This will be the biggest national security threat you face in your presidency,” national security adviser Robert O’Brien told Trump, according to a new book by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward. “This is going to be the roughest thing you face.”

Matthew Pottinger, the deputy national security adviser, agreed. He told the president that after reaching contacts in China, it was evident that the world faced a health emergency on par with the flu pandemic of 1918, which killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide.

Ten days later, Trump called Woodward and revealed that he thought the situation was far more dire than what he had been saying publicly.

You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump said in a Feb. 7 call. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu.”

“This is deadly stuff,” the president repeated for emphasis.

At that time, Trump was telling the nation that the virus was no worse than a seasonal flu, predicting it would soon disappear, and insisting that the U.S. government had it totally under control. It would be several weeks before he would publicly acknowledge that the virus was no ordinary flu and that it could be transmitted through the air.


Trump admitted to Woodward on March 19 that he deliberately minimized the danger. “I wanted to always play it down,” the president said.

Fauci at one point tells others that the president “is on a separate channel” and unfocused in meetings, with “rudderless” leadership, according to Woodward. “His attention span is like a minus number,” Fauci said, according to Woodward. “His sole purpose is to get reelected.”

In one Oval Office meeting recounted by Woodward, after Trump had made false statements in a news briefing, Fauci said in front of him: “We can’t let the president be out there being vulnerable, saying something that’s going to come back and bite him.” Pence, Kushner, chief of staff Mark Meadows and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller tensed up at once, Woodward writes, surprised Fauci would talk to Trump that way.

Woodward describes Fauci as particularly disappointed in Kushner for talking like a cheerleader as if everything was great. In June, as the virus was spreading wildly coast to coast and case numbers soared in Arizona, Florida, Texas and other states, Kushner said of Trump, “The goal is to get his head from governing to campaigning.”

Woodward writes that Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., suggested former president George W. Bush speak personally with Trump about global vaccine efforts, but that Bush demurred.

“No. No,” Bush told Graham, according to Woodward. “He’d misconstrue anything I said.”

In their final interview, on July 21, Trump vented to Woodward, “The virus has nothing to do with me. It’s not my fault.”

By Robert Costa and Philip Rucker, The Washington Post


Famed Election Lawyer Ben Ginsberg, a GOP Lifer, Sets Fire to Trump’s Voter Fraud Rhetoric in Brutal Washington Post Op-Ed

For nearly the past four decades, famed election law attorney Ben Ginsberg has been a fixture of the Republican Party’s legal team. A key figure on the George W. Bush team during the 2000 Florida recount, Ginsberg has represented the GOP in scores of Congressional and state elections. But now, Ginsberg is slamming the party — and especially its standard bearer, President Donald Trump — for their rhetoric about elections being “rigged.”

In a scathing op-ed published Wednesday by the Washington Post, Ginsberg accused Trump and Republicans of manufacturing controversy in order to gain an edge.

“The president’s words make his and the Republican Party’s rhetoric look less like sincere concern — and more like transactional hypocrisy designed to provide an electoral advantage,” Ginsberg wrote.

Specifically, Ginsberg took aim at Trump calling mail-in voting “very dangerous,” and stating that only the only way he can lose the election is through cheating.

“The lack of evidence renders these claims unsustainable,” Ginsberg wrote. “The truth is that after decades of looking for illegal voting, there’s no proof of widespread fraud. At most, there are isolated incidents — by both Democrats and Republicans. Elections are not rigged.”

John Bolton Trashes ‘Incoherent’ Trump for Disparaging Top Generals as Captive to Defense Industry: ‘Elizabeth Warren Really Couldn’t Have Said It Better


Former Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton defended President Donald Trump against bombshell claims he insulted and disrespected the military during a trip to France in 2018, but then, seconds later, turned around and called out Trump for disparaging the “top generals” at the Pentagon during a Labor Day White House briefing.


During an appearance on Fox News’ The Story with Martha MacCallum, Bolton said he was present for much of the time that Trump made his decision not to travel to Aisne-Marne cemetery of WWI American war dead, a claim in a blockbuster story by The Atlantic. Elements of the story have since been confirmed and added to by the Associated PressWashington Post, and Fox News. However, according to the former White House adviser, whose recent tell-all account of his time inside the Trump White House offered a scathing assessment of the president, those press reports do not align with what he saw and heard during the trip.

MacCallum, who noted that the Fox News reporter who corroborated parts of The Atlantic report, Jennifer Griffin, has pushed back hard on her critics, among them Trump, who called for her to be fired over the weekend.

“Jennifer Griffin stands by her story,” MacCallum said. “But I guess the bigger question is, this question is the president’s general attitude towards the military and what people see is very different from what they’re hearing from these generals and he says the rank and file is supportive of him he believes but that some of the leadership at the Pentagon who did not like some of the decision he made with regard to standing by the Kurds order drawing down troops in Afghanistan is where the divide is and that’s why they are putting out this message and putting his comments in light that makes them look terrible. Do you agree or disagree?”

“Obviously, I can’t prove the negatives if you never said those things. The president has a habit of disparaging people. He ends up denigrating almost everybody that he comes in contact with whose last name is not Trump,” Bolton said, not-so-subtly slamming the president.

President Donald Trump Said he Never Called John McCain a Loser — He Did



President Donald Trump said he never called John McCain a loser — he did — and denigrated the record of the late Republican senator on veterans affairs despite routinely appropriating one of McCain’s crowning achievements on that front as his own.

Trump distorted events in Kenosha, Wisconsin, over the past week and his own hand in them before a furor over his reported comments on fallen soldiers diverted his rhetoric.

Democratic rival Joe Biden claimed to have been the first person to have called for the use of emergency production powers in the pandemic, when he was not, and he tried to shed light on the history of the incandescent bulb, but was a bit hazy.

A review:


TRUMP: “I was never a big fan of John McCain, disagreed with him on many things including ridiculous endless wars and the lack of success he had in dealing with the VA and our great Vets.” — part of a series of tweets Thursday.

THE FACTS: He’s ignoring McCain’s singular successes on behalf of fellow veterans.

McCain was a leading force in the Senate behind the law that gave veterans an option to go outside the Department of Veterans Affairs’ health care system and get private care at public expense under certain conditions. President Barack Obama signed the VA Choice legislation into law. Ignoring that reality, Trump persistently claims that he brought Choice into law when no one else could.

Trump signed a law in 2018 that expanded the options for using the Choice program established by Obama, McCain and other lawmakers.

The 2018 law is named after three lawmakers who were veterans of war. All of them now are dead. They are Rep. Samuel R. Johnson, R-Texas, and Democratic Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, D-Hawaii, and McCain, R-Ariz.


TRUMP: “Also, I never called John a loser and swear on whatever, or whoever, I was asked to swear on, that I never called our great fallen soldiers anything other than HEROES.” — tweet Thursday.

THE FACTS: He called McCain a loser.

In addition, The Associated Press has confirmed many of the comments Trump was reported by The Atlantic to have made disparaging fallen or captured U.S. service members, such as his description of the American dead in a military graveyard as “losers.”

As for McCain, Trump told a conservative forum in Iowa in 2015 that his view of McCain changed when McCain lost the 2008 presidential election to Obama. “He lost, so I never liked him as much after that, ’cause I don’t like losers,” he said. Trump went on to dismiss McCain’s war service: “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”



Trump’s Lies!

The Washington Post‘s fact-checker found that as of July 9, the president had made over 20,000 false or misleading claims. On that day alone, he made 62 false claims, and about half of them were in a single interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, according to The Post’s analysis.

In June alone, Trump made 721 false claims, according to The Post’s roundup. In the past 14 months, he made an average of 23 false claims a day, the newspaper reported.

Some of his most repeated false claims include: “We built the greatest economy in history, not only for our country, but for the world. We were No. 1, by far.”

According to the fact-checker, the economy was in better shape by several important factors under Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Bill Clinton.

Trump Demands Reporter Take off His Mask During White House Presser

By Megan Sheets For

President Donald Trump demanded that a reporter take off his mask to ask a question at a White House news conference on Monday. 

Jeff Mason of Reuters had just begun speaking when Trump cut him off and said:  ‘You’re going to have to take that off, please. You can take it off. How many feet are you away?’

Mason offered to speak louder, at which point Trump interjected: ‘Well, if you don’t take it off, you’re very muffled, so if you would take it off, it would be a lot easier.’

The reporter declined to remove his mask and politely raised his voice again, asking: ‘Is that better?’

Trump rolled his eyes and responded: ‘It’s… better, yeah.’

Throughout the exchange Mason’s voice was very easy to understand, despite his face covering to prevent the spread of coronavirus.   

But Trump – who has sparred with reporters on numerous occasions in the past, including about masks – was visibly irritated by Mason’s refusal to take his off.

At another point in the briefing when another reporter took of his mask to ask a question, Trump replied: ‘You sound so clear.’ 

This isn’t the first time Trump has ridiculed Mason specifically for wearing a mask.  

During a briefing back in May, the president asked Mason to remove his covering and then accused him of trying to be ‘politically correct’ but refusing.  

Most reporters in the White House press pool have insisted on wearing masks during briefings, even though the president himself rarely dons one. 

Trump for months was reluctant to be photographed wearing a mask, and on several occasions refused to put one on in buildings that required them. 

In July he finally got on board with the CDC’s messaging about the importance of masks and urged all Americans to wear them in public places.

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Juan Williams: Swamp Creature at The White House






For all my criticism of President Trump, I’ve got to be honest — I loved the fireworks.

Fireworks swirled around the Washington Monument after Trump accepted the GOP nomination on the White House lawn on Aug. 27. They spelled “TRUMP” in the night sky.

If you are reading this column years from now, you might think this is a parody. You can’t believe that any president got away with turning the White House into a gaudy stage for partisan politics.

When Trump ran for president he promised to “drain the swamp” of Washington political corruption.

Now, Trump is king of the swamp.

Not long ago, his then-Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, Scott Pruitt, was living in super-cheap housing courtesy of the wife of a man lobbying the EPA and Scott Pruitt.

Trump opened the door for 281 lobbyists to work for his administration in his first three years. Former lobbyists now run four agencies, including the departments of Defense and Energy.

“How sick is Trump’s revolving door?” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tweeted last year after a former coal lobbyist was put in charge of regulating air pollution.

More recently, Trump fired the State Department inspector general at the request of the secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. Why?

Well, the inspector general was looking into how Pompeo used the department staff to run errands, such as picking up takeout food orders and the family dry cleaning.

If you think that was bad, how about this? Pompeo spoke at the convention, live from Jerusalem, while on a taxpayer-funded trip.


Oh, and the head of the Department of Homeland Security used the White House to stage a naturalization ceremony starring the president. It became a video segment for the GOP convention.

“It’s starting to seem like the Trump administration is going out of its way to find new ways to violate federal law,” said government watchdog group, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The group was referring specifically to the Hatch Act, which prohibits partisan political activities by federal employees.

Mark Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff, responded that “nobody outside the Beltway really cares” about the president using government employees for his political campaign.

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McCarthy Told Trump Trashing Mail-in Voting Will Hurt Republicans





House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) reportedly said he told President Trump that criticism of mail-in voting will hurt Republicans in the upcoming election. 


I tried to show him … you know who is most afraid of COVID? Seniors. And if they’re not going to go vote, period, we’re screwed,” McCarthy told an Axios reporter, according to a report published Sunday. 

The top House Republican told the outlet that he spent hours warning the president that his preoccupation with slamming mail-in voting will not only him but also Republicans running for Congress. 

McCarthy also encouraged Republicans to vote by any means necessary as he campaigned for candidates in Oregon and Utah last week, Axios reported. 

McCarthy said he agrees with Trump that there’s a difference between absentee and mail-in voting and said the latter is particularly problematic in states without the infrastructure to handle such ballots on a massive scale, Axios reported.

Voting experts do not distinguish between absentee and mail-in voting. 

Last month, Trump and first lady Melania Trump submitted their absentee ballots in Florida ahead of the state’s scheduled primaries. 

The president has railed against mail-in voting, making unsubstantiated claims that it leads to widespread voter fraud. Democrats have largely pushed for expanded mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic to limit crowds at in-person voting locations on Election Day.