Trump Tactics: Revisionism and Bait-and-Switch

Run-of-the-mill voters are believing revisionist and bait-and-switch storylines that Trump, his minions, enablers and supporters are spinning. This is what we’re up against.

On Storylines and Who’s Buying the Lines of Bull

The guy was buying into Trump Revisionism whole hog, not to mention accepting the kind of bait-and-switch game that’s another of 45’s favorite tactics.

My guy said he’d heard about “some lady” who tried to cut $13 million from Special Olympics funding. Then Trump swooped in and saved the day.

“Not only did Trump put a stop to that, but he added an additional 18 million dollars to the funding,” he said.

He believed it unequivocally.

My guy is someone I like and, for other reasons, respect. I believe he’s at least average when it comes to intelligence. And yet, here he was, repeating misinformation as fact that could easily be disproved via dozens of reputable news organizations.

Hook. Line. Sinker.

This is what we’re up against.

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Trump’s “Alternative” Climate Change Panel

The president wants to set up his own climate-change panel to refute the conclusions of the “Fourth National Climate Assessment.” It’s a dangerous idea.

In Adolescent Fashion, President Calls for More Fossil-Fuel-Friendly Council

Don’t like what the climate change scientists are saying? Find different scientists.

That’s the thinking of President Donald J. Trump on global warming.

No shock. That seems to be his modus operandi on, well, everything –

    • Change the label.
    • Call it “fake.”
    • Develop “alternative facts.”
    • Create different rules.

Unfortunately, in all cases but particularly in this one, that’s seriously dangerous thinking.

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F*@% Trump’s Fake “National Emergency”

“An irony here is that the United States today is in fact haunted by many actual and interrelated national emergencies. Here below are the top thirty-one that came to the present writer’s mind this last weekend….” – Paul Street

There are plenty of real national emergencies that need our attention.

President Donald J. Trump declared a national emergency last week, calling the “situation” at the border between the United States and Mexico a “national security crisis.”

“It’s an invasion,” (Trump) added. “We have an invasion of drugs and criminals coming into our country.”

He did so to gain access to funds to build his dream of a useless, ineffectual border wall.

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IV Words calls bullshit. After all, Trump manufactured the problems at the border himself. This is an abuse of presidential power, and he’s being sued by multiple states and organizations to stop it.

Paul Street and Rick Cooley call BS, too.

In a post shared on the Dandelion Salad blog and re-shared on Rcooley123’s Blog,  Street shares 31 actual emergencies this nation needs to address. And these are just the ones from the top of his head. Check them out.

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Trump Delivers Shortest #SOTU in History

New York Times copy editor suffers exclamation-point-induced heart attack.

Speech Dubbed “First #SOTU of the Tweetstorm Age”

President Donald J. Trump gave the shortest State of the Union address in the history of the United States last night to a joint session of Congress and nearly a dozen Americans watching on live television.

Pundits have dubbed it “The First #SOTU of the Tweetstorm Age.”

Prior to the address, Trump’s staff released the text to the media:

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“Fake News”

It’s Official. IV Words is “#FakeNews.” As they say up here in the Great White North, Youbetchya. Since “fake news” is simply news the #RedHatters don’t like or agree with, I agree. And welcome the label.

The IV Words blog has arrived. Sort of.

It’s Official. IV Words is “#FakeNews.”

Yep, official. As they say up here in the Great White North, Youbetchya. At least it is according to several fine #MAGAts who read “There’s No Art in Trump’s Fake Deals” post on Facebook and proceeded to deride and condemn the blog and its blogger.

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Trump Assertions on Climate Change are a Global Joke

The Trump administration tried to pitch “clean fossil fuels” during a global climate change convention this week. The world is laughing at the USA. Again.

Other Nations Laughing – Literally – But Not in Good Humor

The world is laughing at us. Maybe not all of us, the people, but definitely at Donald Trump’s USA, especially when it comes to climate change.

If you doubt it, listen to the laughter at his surrogate during this final week of COP24, where he told people the Trump administration believes “clean” fossil fuels will play a significant role in the world’s energy future.

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Listen from 1:31 to about 2:11 to hear the lead-up and literal laughter.

COP24 is more formally known as the 24th Session of the of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The convention of nations, convened in Katowice, Poland, comes on the heels of two science-based global warming and climate change reports on the already devastating impacts and dire projections for the future.

Despite that, the Trump administration chose to use the occasion to talk about coal and oil.

Not. Even. Joking.

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Jobs? All It Takes is a Huge Setta Ball… Gags. Trump’s got ’em!

Recent gag orders from the White House? Two words: Freakin’. Brilliant.

Them recent gag orders from the White House – I’ve but two words:

Freakin’. Brilliant.

The Don – that’s what I call Prezdint Trump – said he’d create jobs, right? Well, lemme tell ya, the ping pong ball, tennis ball, cord an’ handkerchief manufacturers of the good ol’ USA are tip-toein’ across their shop floors on this day. Effin’ A!

’Cordin’ to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the zecutive branch employed 2.079 million people in 2014. That’s a whole lotta folks to gag.

What’s ‘at? Nah, heard it from someone. Red cap. Awesome guy. Who you think has time to be lookin up that kinda crap, anyhow?

Movin on, then….

Way I see it, there’s two good ways to do it – either stuff ol’-fashioned handkerchiefs in their mouths or use ball gags. 

The hankies, they come in red, white or blue, but I think we should stick with red. And the ball gags – ya know what they are, right?

No?

Graphic of blue handkerchief with words on it - "Gag 'em, Donny boy!"Say, uh, maybe we should stop right there. You queasy ’bout kinky bedroom stuff? No? Well… OK, then.

You’ll see ’em in movies with torture scenes, sometimes. They’re ping pong or tennis sized balls that get put in people’s mouths. You know, to keep ’em quiet. The balls are attached to cords that go around the back of their heads so they don’t pop out. 

Ever seen “Pulp Fiction”? Yeah, now ya know what I’m talkin’ ’bout.

Never seen one in real life myself, but they’re out there. Heard that from the #RedHatter, too. An’ lotsa other people. Important people. Smart people.

There’s a buncha websites that sell ’em pretty cheap. So I hear. I never looked, myself, ya understand.

You can even go on that YouTube for step-by-step instructions to make ’em yerself. All you need are ping pong balls for small-mouthed feds and tennis balls for big-mouthed feds. (Personally, I don’t see much use for the ping-pong balls; all feds have big mouths, way I see it.) You can use the same kinds of cords for either.

Huh? No, heard that from a different fella.

Yeah, he was wearin a red hat, too. What’s that got to do with anything this side of the Rio?

Anyway, back to bidness… 2.1 million federal workers to gag. At least. 

That’s a crap-ton a ping pong balls, tennis balls, cords and hankies, right? And someone’s gonna need to make ’em all. Wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am, we got ourselves a crap-ton of jobs! Great jobs, too. Best jobs created in decades! Created ever!

Say again?

Not true. Fact is, that kinda stuff usually come from overseas or those people to the south. But Prezdint Trump’s got that figured, too – build a wall an’ tariff the heck outta all of ’em. Keep those jobs at home, dammit!

An’ it’s gitten better ever’ day.

I hear the Don’s got a plan to hire regular folks to chase down those nasty federal workers – you know, the ones with years of experience and knowledge we don’t need – hog tie ’em, fit ’em for gags and hold ’em hostage. The Gag Squad’s gonna be an offshoot of the group that’ll soon be roundin’ up immigrants. 

Why? Well, jeez. We don’t want ’em sharin’ information with taxpayers. Duh. Never mind the taxpayers are the ones paid for it.

I mean, National Park Service, ’Vironmental Protection Agency, Health an’ Human Services, Ag Department? Radical socialist libtards, ever’ last one of ’em!

Don’t want ’em sayin’ anything based on their version of facts, especially the science-y stuff. The new Department of Untested Malarkey & Balderdash (DUMB) isn’t quite up and runnin’ yet. Not sure on the name, but no matter. Once that’s goin’ full bore, we’ll be disprovin’ all the baloney those lyin’ elites spew with real facts.

Come again? “Alternative?” There’s nothin’ alternative bout em, there, Sweet Cheeks. Them there’s the facts. Eff-aye-see-tee-ess. FACTS.

To get DUMB off the ground, first we gotta get ridda all the gagged agencies and employees. That’s well under way with new federal department heads takin’ apart agencies they been picked to lead. I’ll say it again – Freakin’! Brilliant!

Once that’s done, them jobs can be used for more regular folks to create DUMB social media, DUMB blog posts, DUMB press releases, DUMB public advisories and the like. 

There’s been a few flies in the ointment, a-course. Take them idiots who started Twitter accounts like @BadHombreLandsNPS, @AltNATParkService and @RogueNASA. Fourteen accounts, pages or sites so far, I hear. They need to be rounded up an’ gagged, too. Never fear; they will be. 

Where the heck’s Koresh an McVeigh when ya need ’em. Right?

Worried about big gov-ment staying big or getting bigger? Don’t be. DUMB won’t have as many employees as will be gone from the gagged agencies. Even when you add in the Gag Squad jobs, there still won’t be as many people sucklin’ on the government… well, you know. Take that to the bank. So I hear, from lotsa people. Great people. Smartest people in gov-ment. Ever.

Not only is ol’ Don Trump creating jobs, he’s cuttin’ gov-ment down, too. In more ways than one.

Plus, no way Trump’s gonna stop at three or four piddlin’ agencies. If ya wanna be great, ya gotta go all the way. Won’t be long before we need even more gags, which means more ping pong balls, tennis balls, cords an’ hankies. Red ones. 

An’ even more jobs! Damn right! 

The Prezdint was right all ’long. WINNIN’!

No. I aint gonna answer no more questions from the likes a you.

Like I said, just three words:

Absolutely. Freakin’. Brilliant.

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