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February 1, 2019

ICE Ran Fake University to Trap Immigrants_ I bet You Know From Whom They Got The Idea_ Because Trump Never Learns


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The University of Farmington in Farmington Hills, Mich., billed itself as a “nationally accredited business and STEM institution,” with an innovative curriculum, flexible class schedules, and a diverse student body.

But it had no curriculum, no classes, and no real students, the authorities said this week.

The university in the suburbs of Detroit was part of an undercover operation by the Department of Homeland Security designed to expose immigration fraud, according to federal prosecutors who announced charges in the case.

In what the authorities called a “pay to stay” scheme, foreign students knowingly enrolled in the fake school to falsely maintain their student visa status and remain in the United States, according to prosecutors.

The authorities charged eight “recruiters” in the case. They are accused of enlisting at least 600 people to enroll in the school. Prosecutors said the recruiters collected money from the fake university for bringing in students and made more than $250,000 in profit. 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement had also detained people who had enrolled at the university, according to immigration lawyers working on the case. A spokesman for ICE said that about 130 people had been arrested on administrative immigration violations as part of the investigation.

“I have received calls from Georgia, Louisiana, California, North Carolina,” said Ravi Mannam, an immigration lawyer based in Atlanta. “It seems to be a nationwide ICE action as we speak.”

The students swept up in the scheme were largely from India, lawyers said.

“We are all aware that international students can be a valuable asset to our country,” Matthew Schneider, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, said in a news release. “But as this case shows, the well-intended international student visa program can also be exploited and abused.”

ICE declined to say how many total students had enrolled in the university or how the authorities would use the tuition fees that were collected.

Undercover agents from Homeland Security Investigations had posed as the owners and employees of the University of Farmington since February 2017, the indictments said.
 
The university had a real website with program details, tuition pricing, and contact information. The phone number for the university went to a voice mailbox for the “office of admissions.”

But the university was not staffed with instructors and had no actual classes, according to the indictments.

Prosecutors said that everyone involved with the school knew that.

“Each of the foreign citizens who ‘enrolled’ and made ‘tuition’ payments to the University knew that they would not attend any actual classes, earn credits, or make academic progress toward an actual degree in a particular field of study,” the indictments said, adding that the students knew that “discretion should be used when discussing the program with others.”

But Mr. Mannam, the immigration lawyer, criticized the undercover operation as misleading and said some students had believed they were enrolling in a legitimate program.

He said some students had come from India to the United States to enroll elsewhere, only to find that their intended program had lost accreditation. So they enrolled at the University of Farmington, believing that they could apply their prior credits to the new program, which seemed to emphasize work experience, he said.

Other students had completed legitimate master’s programs in the United States but were waiting to be approved for a specialty work visa, so they enrolled in school as a “stopgap measure,” he said.

“The government utilized very questionable and troubling methods to get these foreign students to join the institution,” Mr. Mannam said.
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Rahul Reddy, an immigration lawyer in Houston, said he had spoken with about 25 students who had enrolled at the University of Farmington and who were facing possible consequences. Some had already been arrested, he said, while others had rushed to leave the country.

He warned that international students should guard against universities that do not hold regular classes or that offer a work permit immediately. “That’s a red flag,” he said.

The scene in Michigan was reminiscent of a similar operation in New Jersey two years ago, when federal prosecutors and ICE announced that the University of Northern New Jersey, with its official website and seal featuring the Latin words “Humanus, Scientia, Integritas,” was a fake set up by the government.

In that case, the authorities arrested about 20 brokers who they said had recruited foreign students to the university. Twenty-five students were listed as anonymous co-conspirators. Within days, more than 1,000 of them were ordered to appear in immigration court, facing deportation or even a lifetime ban from the United States.

Most of the students, in that case, were from China and India. Officials said that the students were “100 percent fully aware” that they had enrolled in a fake school. But some insisted that they were collateral damage, duped by both the brokers and the government.

By Thursday, the website for the University of Farmington, which had once appeared to show photos of students, had been taken down.

It was replaced with a page showing the university’s logo next to a law enforcement badge and a warning: “The University of Farmington,” it said, “has been closed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.”
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A version of this article appears in print on Feb. 1, 2019, on Page A19 of the New York edition

January 27, 2019

Trump Has Had a Staff of Undocumented Workers But Fired Them Amid Showdown of Border Wall


 
 They had spent years on the staff of Donald Trump’s golf club, winning employee-of-the-month awards and receiving glowing letters of recommendation. 
Some were trusted enough to hold the keys to Eric Trump’s weekend home. They were experienced enough to know that — when Donald Trump ordered chicken wings — they were to serve him two orders on one plate.
But on Jan. 18, about a dozen employees at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, N.Y., were summoned, one by one, to talk with a human resources executive from Trump headquarters.
During the meetings, they were fired because they are undocumented immigrants, according to interviews with the workers and their attorney. The fired workers are from Latin America.
The sudden firings — which were previously unreported — follow last year’s revelations of undocumented labor at a Trump club in New Jersey, where employees were subsequently dismissed. The firings show Trump’s business was relying on undocumented workers even as the president demanded a border wall to keep out such immigrants. Trump’s demand for border wall funding led to the government shutdown that ended Friday after nearly 35 days.
In Westchester County, workers were told Trump’s company had just audited their immigration documents — the same ones they had submitted years earlier — and found them to be fake.
“Unfortunately, this means the club must end its employment relationship with you today,” the Trump executive said, according to a recording that one worker made of her firing.
“I started to cry,” said Gabriel Sedano, a former maintenance worker from Mexico who was among those fired. He had worked at the club since 2005. “I told them they needed to consider us. I had worked almost 15 years for them in this club, and I’d given the best of myself to this job.”
“I’d never done anything wrong, only work and work,” he added. “They said they didn't have any comments to make.”

“I started to cry,” said Gabriel Sedano, an immigrant from Mexico who was among those fired. He had worked at the club since 2005. “I told them they needed to consider us,” he said. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post)

Adela Garcia vacuums in 2016 before then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, in a speech at the golf course, vowed to keep jobs from undocumented immigrants. Garcia told The Post she was fired Jan. 18. (Mike Segar/REUTERS)
The mass firings at the New York golf club — which workers said eliminated about half of the club’s wintertime staff — follow a story in the New York Times last year that featured an undocumented worker at another Trump club in Bedminster, N.J. After that story, Trump’s company fired undocumented workers at the Bedminster club, according to former workers there. 
President Trump still owns his businesses, which include 16 golf courses and 11 hotels around the world. He has given day-to-day control of the businesses to his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.
In an emailed statement, Eric Trump said, “We are making a broad effort to identify any employee who has given false and fraudulent documents to unlawfully gain employment. Where identified, any individual will be terminated immediately.”
He added that it is one of the reasons “my father is fighting so hard for immigration reform. The system is broken.”
Eric Trump did not respond to specific questions about how many undocumented workers had been fired at other Trump properties and whether the company had, in the past, made similar audits of its employees’ immigration paperwork. He also did not answer whether executives had previously been aware that they employed undocumented workers. 
This Trump golf club does not appear in the government’s list of participants in the E-Verify system, which allows employers to confirm their employees are in the country legally. Eric Trump did not answer a question about whether the club would join the system.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on Friday.
The firings highlight a stark tension between Trump’s public stance on immigration and the private conduct of Trump’s business.
In public, Trump has argued that undocumented immigrants have harmed American workers by driving down wages. That was part of why Trump demanded a border wall and contemplated declaring a national emergency to get it.
But, in Westchester County, Trump seems to have benefited from the same dynamic he denounces. His undocumented workers said they provided Trump with cheap labor. In return, they got steady work and few questions. 
“They said absolutely nothing. They never said, ‘Your social security number is bad’ or ‘Something is wrong,’ ” said Margarita Cruz, a housekeeping employee from Mexico who was fired after eight years at the club. “Nothing. Nothing. Until right now.”

Adela Garcia and Margarita Cruz Carreon, who were fired on Jan. 18, talk with their attorney Anibal Romero. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post)
An employee-of-the-month award given to one of the undocumented immigrants who worked at the golf course. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post) 
An employee who was fired holds 14 years of pay stubs from his time working in landscaping at the course. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post) 
In June 2016, Trump gave a campaign speech at the Westchester club and recounted how he had hugged mothers and fathers whose children had been murdered by illegal immigrants.
“On immigration policy, ‘America First’ means protecting the jobs, wages and security of American workers, whether first or 10th generation,” Trump said in his speech. “No matter who you are, we’re going to protect your job because, let me tell you, our jobs are being stripped from our country like we’re babies.”
To document the firings at the golf course, Washington Post spoke with 16 current and former workers at the course — which sits among ritzy homes in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., 27 miles north of Manhattan. Post reporters met with former employees for hours of interviews in a cramped apartment in Ossining, N.Y., a hardscrabble town next door, whose chief landmark is the Sing Sing state prison.m
Among those workers, six said they had been fired on Jan. 18. They and their attorney confirmed the other terminations.
Another worker said he was still employed at the club at the time of the purge despite the fact that his papers were fake. His reprieve did not last long, however. His attorney later said he was fired that night.
The workers brought pay stubs and employee awards and uniforms to back up their claims. They said they were going public because they felt discarded: After working so long for Trump’s company, they said they were fired with no warning and no severance.
“Keep us in mind,” Cruz said, addressing Trump and the country.
The interviews were organized by an attorney, Anibal Romero, who is also representing undocumented workers from Trump’s club in Bedminster.
The Trump Organization has shown “a pattern and practice of hiring undocumented immigrants, not only in New Jersey, but also in New York,” Romero said. “We are demanding a full and thorough investigation from federal authorities.” 
The workers were largely from Mexico, with a few from other countries. Most said they crossed the United States’ southern border on foot and purchased fake immigration documents later. Many bought theirs in Queens, N.Y.
They said Trump Organization bosses did not seem to scrutinize these documents closely when they were hired.

In June 2016, Trump gave a campaign speech at the club in which he said he had hugged mothers and fathers whose children had been murdered by illegal immigrants. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

Uniforms that were worn by a worker who was fired. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post)
Edmundo Morocho, an Ecuadoran maintenance worker, said he was hired around 2000 with a green card and social security card that he said he purchased in Queens for about $50. The green card he showed The Washington Post says it expired in 2002, but a decade passed before the Trump club told him that he needed to replace it, he said.
Morocho bought a new card, he said. It had a different birth date than the first one, but he said the Trump club didn’t raise questions. The Post viewed both cards. It was unclear if they were forged or stolen. 
“The accountant took copies and said, ‘Okay, it’s fine,’ ” Morocho recalled. “He didn’t say anything more.” Eric Trump did not respond to a question asking about the club’s process for reviewing employees’ immigration documents.
Another employee — Jesus Lira, a banquet chef from Mexico — said that, on two occasions in 2008, an accountant at the Trump club rejected his fake documents and told him to go obtain better ones.
“She said, ‘I can’t accept this, go back and tell them to do a better job,’ ” Lira recalled. He said he returned to Queens a third time and found documents that the club accepted. Eric Trump did not respond to a question about Lira’s account.
The Post spoke to two former managers from the club about the employees’ accounts. One former manager, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the club’s internal practices, said the club relied on its accounting department to scrutinize the immigration documents and that the department rejected about 20 percent of applicants because of immigration questions. 
The other former manager said the broader Trump Organization placed far more emphasis on finding cheap labor than it placed on rooting out undocumented workers. The former manager characterized the attitude at the club as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
“It didn’t matter. They didn’t care [about immigration status],’ ” said the former manager, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to preserve ties with current Trump executives. “It was, ‘Get the cheapest labor possible.’ ” The former manager said the assumption at the club was that immigration authorities were not likely to target golf clubs for mass raids.

Edmundo Morocho in the uniform he wore as an employee for Trump National Golf Course. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post)
At the club, undocumented workers said they resented the unspoken understanding that they would never be promoted to management. But many had fond memories of interactions with Trump family members, who visited the club for parties and weekends.
Sedano, the maintenance worker from Mexico, said he had a set of keys for a home that Eric Trump used at the course, because Sedano was responsible for taking out the trash there and making repairs.
Sedano recalled cleaning the railings one day at the club’s main entrance when Donald Trump approached him.
“He asked me how long I had worked there. At that time, it had been about five years,” Sedano recalled.
Trump noticed Sedano’s wedding ring. He handed Sedano $200.
“He said, ‘Take your wife out to dinner,’ ” Sedano said. “I’ll never forget that.”
Alejandro Juarez, a native of Mexico who had worked as a server and food runner at the club since 2007, said Eric Trump greeted him by name at a party in December.
“I was serving hors d’oeuvres,” Juarez recalled, “and he told me, ‘Thanks, Alejandro. Thanks for everything, Okay?'”

Margarita Cruz recorded the meeting in which the Trump Organization fired her. (The Washington Post)
The firings began about 10 a.m.
Cruz, the fired housekeeper, knew what was coming before she went in, because she’d heard from other workers who’d already been fired. She felt like the workers were sitting there “like little lambs, lined up for the slaughterhouse.” She hit the “record” button on her phone before her firing began.
Deirdre Rosen — an executive who identified herself as the head of human resources for the Trump Organization — began by reading from papers in front of her, Cruz said. An interpreter, listening in on speakerphone, translated her words into Spanish.
He translated Rosen’s statement that, after a Trump Organization audit, the paperwork Cruz submitted in 2011 “does not appear to be genuine.”
Then he translated Rosen’s question: “Are you currently authorized for employment in the United States?”
“Um, no,” Cruz replied.
“No,” the man on the phone translated.
Rosen continued: “By law, the club cannot continue to employ an individual knowing that the individual is, or has become, unauthorized for employment,” Rosen told her. “Unfortunately, this means the club must end its employment relationship with you today.”
Cruz told them she was a single mother with two children and asked why she had not been given some warning, so she could look for another job.
“The law says as soon as we know that you do not have authorization that we cannot continue your employment. That’s why,” Rosen said. As Cruz left, Rosen said, “Have a great day.”
Rosen could not be reached for comment.
Afterward, Cruz said she felt that — from one instant to the next — the Trump Organization had sought to transform her from an employee to a nonentity.
“We’re just working. How can they take our taxes, charge us for this or that, and not give us any rights?” Cruz said. “When they take our taxes, we count as people. Why don’t we count in other things?”
She said, “We don’t exist.”

“When they take our taxes, we count as people. Why don’t we count in other things?” Cruz said about treatment by Trump’s company. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post)
Alice Crites, Tom Hamburger and Philip Bump contributed to this report

January 24, 2019

Trump Swallows Hard and Gives Up on Date of The Union: There will be more to come!




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Trump got into it with a real woman and had to put his little mushroom away. A new experience for him.

After Nancy Pelosi said the House would not host him for the State of the Union, Trump tweeted he will wait to give the address until after the government shutdown is over.

January 13, 2019

Trump is Never Been Savvy Doesn’t Know The Deal, Throughout The Years The Deals Have Been Failures





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No Deal, More Nukes and a Nuking Power in which now we don't know where the nukes are but know they can reach Florida or Virginia.
                                                                 
This is something I learn when Trump announced again he was going to run for the President's office. He had done that before but now it was the savvy businessman who knows the art of making the deal. A successful man that was going to run the national government as such. I saw problems with that and it was Trump's record of bankruptcies and nothing to show he had actually built with his money. What you found was licensing of his name to make money but that will not make anybody rich. But yes it will keep your name up in the light but still, it bothered me how they were selling him, as something he never was. Also, the idea to run the government like a business, only those that want to privatize Social security would probably agree with that. The government in this country as per the constitution was not established as a business but as an organ to keep our form of government going. Trying to give it's the citizen as much as it can afford after other priorities are met but at least every leader elected to that office understood how important is to the average American and even to the world after WW2. We don't need a businessman to make deals, that's for maybe a Congressman'woman. A president leads and gets the best people around him knowing he does not know it all. He listens to pros and cons. Without that he is worse than the autocrat up in Russia. 
I hope more people understand that what they sold Trump as is a lie it does not exists. It's the naked emperor and now the world sees where we are lacking. What the United States is lost it can not recoupe because it was the trust of our friends and allies.
It is Sunday in NYC, USA. We usually don't publish on Saturday as of late to try to take time off. But the computers are always searching hundreds of stories around the world waiting for the publisher (Me) to choose what is important but not getting enough coverage or no coverage around the world that affects or can affect the lives of the LGBT community.
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Many who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election saw him as a savvy and capable businessman. It's an image that has been carefully cultivated by Trump during his 40+ years in public view. As president, Trump has attempted to make deals with both foreign leaders and the opposition Democrats with mixed results....
Many who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election saw him as a savvy and capable businessman. It’s an image that has been carefully cultivated by Trump during his 40+ years in public view.
As president, Trump has attempted to make deals with both foreign leaders and the opposition Democrats with mixed results. His inability to broker an agreement to end the government has magnified the situation. Two people who know him best, biographer Tony Schwartz and former company executive Barbara Rees are not surprised.
The pair appeared on Ari Melber’s MSNBC show, On The Beat, last night. Rees told Melber, “I never thought he was a great dealmaker, to be honest with you. In terms of taking the responsibility for the buck, he just would never do it. It’s not in his DNA. He’s never responsible. It is always someone else’s fault.”
Schwartz was even harsher, saying “And the number of deals he’s made over the years since then have overwhelmingly been failures,” before explaining that Trump was “really one of the worst” dealmakers he’s ever come across.
Now on day 21, the shutdown has tied the record for the longest in United States History. If it is to end anytime soon, Trump will have to prove Schwartz and Rees wrong by making a deal.
by Todd Neikirk

December 31, 2018

2018⇒ !5 Lies A Day ☞ Name ⇒ Donald Trump ⇒Would His Lies Increase in 2019? Same? More?





We know all politicians lies or to be more polite they overpromise knowing full well it will be impossible to keep certain promises. I know local politicians that have put their job and reputation on the line to keep a promise that all of a sudden turned not so popular as it was when the promise was made. 

Same-sex marriage in the State of New York comes to mind. A promise made by the two previous  Governors were thrown in the trash saying they won't put it for a vote because there was not enough backing. On the case of Mario Cuomo (jr.) If all the Dems voted for it  He needed (app) at least 4 votes from the GOP side and those politicians were from districts that were Catholic or Jewish and both constituencies were against the Gay marriage. But He did by standing tall and making deals letting everybody know this was a promise he was going to keep. And so New York State had same-sex marriage about two years before the nation did by the Supreme Court decision. In New York State it was made law by the Senate and Legislature with the signature of the Governor. I was elated to see a man stand by his word!

Across the river, you had a Governor who enjoy getting the gay vote but sang the same song of not having enough backing. If everybody would have said that we would not have our Constitution or even gone to the moon.

Since January of 2017, we have a man in the most important office on the planet because many decisions there can affect most nations under or above the table that people see. But we have a man whose lies come out of his mouth following the old communist Stalinist idea that if you say a lie loud enough and often enough a lie will become truth. Only a man missing something inside the brain electrical functions can believe and put into action such dishonest plan. Does it work? Sadly enough it does but not the majority of the times. People for the sake of not arguing let it pass but when the odor hits the fan things change very rapidly and not on the liers side.

At the end of this year and beginning of the next, I invite you to read and see how this man does this. 
The Smell is hitting the fan already, all it needs is for some prosecutor or Congress to turn it on and then you will see a big percentage of his people run away from his smelly side.


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President Trump’s year of lies, false statements and misleading claims started with some morning tweets.

Over a couple of hours on Jan. 2, Trump made false claims about three of his favorite targets — Iran, the New York Times and Hillary Clinton. He also took credit for the “best and safest year on record” for commercial aviation, even though there had been no commercial plane crashes in the United States since 2009 and, in any case, the president has little to do with ensuring the safety of commercial aviation.

The fusillade of tweets was the start of a year of unprecedented deception during which Trump became increasingly unmoored from the truth. When 2018 began, the president had made 1,989 false and misleading claims, according to The Fact Checker’s database, which tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president. By the end of the year, Trump had accumulated more than 7,600 untruths during his presidency — averaging more than 15 erroneous claims a day during 2018, almost triple the rate from the year before.


Even as Trump’s fact-free statements proliferate, there is growing evidence that his approach is failing.

Fewer than 3 in 10 Americans believe many of his most-common false statements, according to a Fact Checker poll conducted this month. Only among a pool of strong Trump approvers — about 1 in 6 adults in the survey — did large majorities accept several, though not all, of his falsehoods as true.

Similarly, a November Quinnipiac poll found 58 percent of voters saying Trump wasn’t honest, compared with just 36 percent who said he was honest. The same poll found 50 percent saying he is “less honest” than most previous presidents, tying his own record for the highest share of registered voters saying so in Quinnipiac polling.

“When before have we seen a president so indifferent to the distinction between truth and falsehood, or so eager to blur that distinction?” presidential historian Michael R. Beschloss said of Trump in 2018.


Beschloss noted that the U.S. Constitution set very few guidelines in this regard because the expectation was that the first president would be George Washington and he would set the tone for the office. “What is it that schoolchildren are taught about George Washington? That he never told a lie,” the historian said. “That is a bedrock expectation of a president by Americans.”

 President Trump speaks at a roundtable in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Dec. 18, 2018 in Washington. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
       
Trump began 2018 on a similar pace as last year. Through May, he generally averaged about 200 to 250 false claims a month. But his rate suddenly exploded in June, when he topped 500 falsehoods, as he appeared to shift to campaign mode. He uttered almost 500 more in both July and August, almost 600 in September, more than 1,200 in October and almost 900 in November. In December, Trump drifted back to the mid-200s.

Trump’s midsummer acceleration came as the White House stopped having regular press briefings and the primary voice in the administration was Trump, who met repeatedly with reporters, held events, staged rallies and tweeted constantly.


Trump is among the more loquacious of recent presidents, according to Martha Kumar, professor emerita at Towson University, who has kept track of every presidential interaction with the media, dating to Ronald Reagan. Through Dec. 20, Trump held 323 short question-and-answer sessions with reporters, second only to Bill Clinton through the first 23 months, and granted 196 interviews, second to Barack Obama.

More than a quarter of Trump’s claims were made during campaign rallies. On Nov. 5, the day before the midterm elections, for instance, Trump held three rallies, yielding a total of 139 false or misleading claims. A review of every statement made by Trump at two of his earlier 2018 rallies found that he exaggerated or made up at least 70 percent of his assertions.

Almost as many false claims came during remarks at press events, and about 17 percent were the result of his itchy Twitter finger.


The president misled Americans about issues big and small. He told lies about payments that his now-convicted attorney says Trump authorized to silence women alleging affairs with him. He routinely exaggerates his accomplishments, such as claiming that he passed the biggest tax cut ever, presided over the best economy in history, scored massive deals for jobs with Saudi Arabia and all but solved the North Korea nuclear crisis.

He attacks his perceived enemies with abandon, falsely accusing Clinton of colluding with the Russians, former FBI Director James B. Comey of leaking classified information and Democrats of seeking to let undocumented immigrants swamp the U.S. borders.

The president often makes statements that are disconnected from his policies. He said his administration did not have a family separation policy on the border when it did. Then he said the policy was required because of existing laws when it was not.


The president also simply invents faux facts. He repeatedly said U.S. Steel is building six to eight new steel plants, but that’s not true. He said that as president, Obama gave citizenship to 2,500 Iranians during the nuclear-deal negotiations, but that’s false. Over and over, Trump claimed that the Uzbekistan-born man who in 2017 was accused of killing eight people with a pickup truck in New York brought two dozen relatives to the United States through “chain migration.” The real number is zero.

In one of his more preposterous statements of 2018, Trump labeled the Palm Beach Post as “fake news” for blaming him for traffic jams across the nation — when an article about the effect of low gas prices on driving habits never mentioned his name.

Sometimes, Trump simply attempts to create his own reality.

When leaders attending the U.N. General Assembly burst into laughter when Trump uttered a favorite false claim — that his administration had accomplished more in less than two years than “almost any administration in the history of our country” — the president was visibly startled and remarked that he “didn’t expect that reaction.” But then he later falsely insisted to reporters that the boast “was meant to get some laughter.”

In an October interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump emphatically denied he had imposed many tariffs. “I mean, other than some tariffs on steel — which is actually small, what do we have? . . . Where do we have tariffs? We don’t have tariffs anywhere,” he insisted. The newspaper responded by printing a list of $305 billion worth of tariffs on many types of U.S. imports.

Trump exaggerates when the facts are on his side.


He routinely touts a job-growth number that dates from his election, not when he took office, thus inflating it by 600,000 jobs. And although there’s no question Trump can draw supporters to his rallies by the thousands, he often claims pumped-up numbers that have no basis in fact. At a Tampa rally, he declared that “thousands of people” who could not get in were watching outside on a “tremendous movie screen.” Neither a crowd of that size nor the movie screen existed.

The president even includes references to The Fact Checker in his dubious remarks.

On Oct. 18, in Missoula, Mont., Trump falsely said that no one challenges his description of the Democrats as the party of crime. “Democrats have become the party of crime. It’s true. Who would believe you could say that and nobody even challenges it. Nobody’s ever challenged it,” he said.

But then he had an unusual moment of doubt. “Maybe they have. Who knows? I have to always say that, because then they’ll say they did actually challenge it, and they’ll put like — then they’ll say he gets a Pinocchio.”

Meg Kelly and Salvador Rizzo contributed to this report.

October 24, 2018

Trump Lies Are Being Accelerated from A Caravan of Poor People Marching to Close Gates to Sending the Military to Defend us From Them


My Favotite lies right now re 1) The Caravan is coming, He is sending troops to protect his voters...The people coming are hungry unemployed and the poor of the poor from Nicaragua running from the Guerrillas there and the Mexicans are just joining knowing they wont be let thru and wont be considered either. The other are too uneducated to know. There are no attack helipcopters no Iranians and the only Isys is put in water and drinks.Unless someone gets the idea to drop a few from Guantanamo Bay.
                                                2) A Tax cut Now Not for The rich for middle class by November 2018...There is no congresss in town it wont be before the elctions, may be he thinks he can just give it himself.

If those are not your favs don't worry there many to choose from in the last 30 days. 

As the migrant caravan advanced through Mexico en route to the US on Monday, 15 days before midterm elections, President Donald Trump attempted to stoke new fears, tweeting that “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in.”
“I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy [sic],” he added.
In Tapachula, the southern Mexico town where the caravan spent the night before starting the next leg of their journey, more than a dozen people asked by BuzzFeed News hadn’t heard about the accusation. When they were informed, though, they were baffled.
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In recent months, the steady stream became a deluge.
Although Washington Post journalists and other fact-checkers have dutifully documented President Donald Trump’s now more than 5,000 misleading statements and outright lies, the American public may no longer pay much attention to the exhausting flood of misinformation. Now, a book-length study from the nonpartisan RAND Corporation warns that a growing disregard for basic facts could have dire longterm consequences for American democracy.
From June through August, Trump averaged more than 15 bogus statements a day—more than triple his daily rate in 2017. Recently, he went after Google, falsely claiming the country’s biggest information search tool is “rigged” to make him look bad. He sowed confusion over a key statement he made about the Russia investigation by falsely accusing NBC News of doctoring video of his famous interview with Lester Holt (which has been publicly available in full since May 2017). And in his startling rebuke of an official government-commissioned report concluding that 2,975 people in Puerto Rico died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Trump falsely claimed that the report was a Democratic hit job and that the toll “did not go up by much” beyond 6 to 18 deaths.
This unprecedented behavior from a US president is akin to dumping gasoline on a long-smoldering trend RAND researchers call “Truth Decay”: a deepening disagreement over basic facts that is increasingly undercutting the fundamentals of our democracy, from elections to policymaking. When Trump’s personal lawyer makes the argument that “truth isn’t truth” in Robert Mueller’s investigation, or argues that “facts develop” to explain away a shifting story about the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting, this misinformation coming from the highest levels of the US government fuels blind partisanship. And it could potentially leave the public confused and mistrustful during crucial times, from national votes to a national security crisis.
“When we have objective facts that can be verified, or science where there’s a great deal of evidence supported by data, there isn’t an alternative version and facts don’t ‘develop,’ ” says Jennifer Kavanagh, co-author of the RAND report. Trump is ultimately a symptom of a longer-term problem that RAND studied across the political spectrum. The phenomenon grew larger with the rise of social media, but it began stirring and has gone largely unchecked since the early 2000s, she says. The purpose of the RAND report is to better identify the problem and lay groundwork for confronting it. Kavanagh warns: “We should expect truth decay to get worse if we do nothing about it.”
Indeed, President Trump’s daily drumbeat of lies and false statements marks an accelerating crisis.

Cranking up the “firehose of falsehood”

A year ago, when Trump was averaging around 4.6 false statements a day, a Mother Jones analysis showed how his ongoing information warfare tracked closely with another RAND study—on propaganda strategies used in Russia under Vladimir Putin. That 2016 RAND study, “Firehose of Falsehood,”detailed four key characteristics, all of which Trump continues to demonstrate:
“High-volume and multi-channel”: From June to the end of August, Trump made 1,451 false and misleading statements in tweets, at news conferences, and at campaign rallies, according to the Washington Post. On September 7 alone, the Post counted 125 false claims—a new single-day record.
“Rapid, continuous and repetitive”:  The president frequently repeats false claims, particularly regarding the economy and immigration:
  • On the economy and fiscal policy: “We signed the biggest package of tax cuts and tax reforms in history.” (More than 1,500 times—including 100-plus remarks just on the tax cut, as on August 31)
  • On immigration: “We’ve already started the wall.” (49 times just on the wall, including on August 31)
  • On the Mueller investigation: “Russian ‘collusion’ was just an excuse by the Democrats for having lost the Election!” (137 times on “collusion,” including September 12)
“Lacks commitment to objective reality”: When Customs & Border Patrol began separating more than 2,000 children from their immigrant parents at the southwest border last spring, Trump pushed seemingly explosive numbers to justify the new policy: “There’s been a 325 percent increase in minors, and a 435 percent increase in the smuggling or attempted smuggling of families and minors into our country.” That was highly misleading: federal data show that illegal border crossings are near the lowest levels in four decades.
“Lacks commitment to consistency”: As national outcry over the family-separations policy grew this summer, the president and other administration officials changed their story on the nature of the policy 14 times before Trump signed an executive order ending it.
Immigration—Trump’s signature issue as he sought the presidency—is also one of the topics he lies about the most, accounting for at least 610 of the more than 5,000 recorded in the Post’s database so far. Kavanagh sees this divisive issue as revealing of how truth decay corrodes American political discourse. One stark example of how agreement on fundamental fact has been lost: Gallup reports that almost half of Americans believe immigrants make crime worse, despite research showing that crime stays stable or falls in areas that have growing immigrant populations.
And data from the Chicago Council of Global Affairs show that over the past decade and a half, the divide between Democrats and Republicans on the issue of illegal immigration has widened dramatically. Now, Kavanagh says, “each side calls on their own version of the facts.”

Fertile ground for demagoguery

Social media—exploited by TrumpRussian trolls and many others to spread bogus claims and content—has created a historically fertile environment for truth decay. For example, an anti-immigrant meme with the headline “Facts!” has been circulating for years, spreading lies about the number of illegal immigrants who receive food stamps, welfare and health benefits—despite efforts to quash it. PolitiFact first debunked the meme in 2012, but as it continued to circulate this summer, fact-checkers were compelled to dissect it again. Not only does “false information disseminate quickly and easily,” Kavanagh says, but “once it’s online, it lives there in perpetuity.”



Three of the lies in the anti-immigrant meme prey on fears about crime—a theme Trump returns to repeatedly in his false statements, such as this one from August 24: “Open borders equals crime, tremendous crime.” When Trump began running for president in 2015, he also tweeted a meme spreading the lie that 81 percent of white homicide victims are killed by blacks. In fact, FBI data showed that 82 percent of white homicide victims are killed by whites.
The American news media long ago helped to set the stage for Trump’s demagoguery on immigration. A University of Southern California studypublished in 2009 found that over a 27-year period, up to 86 percent of the stories in mainstream news sources focused on illegality, even though unauthorized immigrants had never made up more than a third of the foreign-born population. “This pattern of coverage would logically cause the public and policymakers to associate the influx of the foreign born with violations of the law, disruption of social norms and government failures,” the USC report said.
As truth decay deepens now, it creates opportunities for foreign actors to exacerbate the problem. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s February indictment of Russians connected to the Internet Research Agency “troll factory” identified a Russian-operated Facebook page called “Secured Borders”: The IRA trolls posed as an American activist group and called immigrants “freeloaders” and “scum,” while praising Trump’s stance on immigration. The page had more than 133,000 followers when it was shut down, according to the New York Times. Kavanagh notes that “the Russians don’t care what our immigration policy is. They do care that it causes division.”

The consequences: political paralysis and uncertainty

In the battle over the call to “Abolish ICE,” some Republicans have pinned that slogan on Democrats critical of immigration policy regardless of whether those Dems actually support eliminating the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. And Trump returns again and again to his lie that “Democrats want to open borders, which really equals allowing into our country massive amounts of crime,” even though Democrats regularly advocate for border-security legislation—just not “the wall” that the president wants. “Those two sides—‘Abolish ICE’ and ‘zero tolerance’—aren’t even close,” Kavanagh says. “If these are the positions, how do we even have the conversation?”



This is a road to political paralysis. The RAND report points out that the percentage of proposed bills that have been enacted in Congress have fallen consistently since 2003; even in a Republican-controlled Congress, the House failed twice in June to pass bills on immigration. In this environment, attempts at compromise routinely fail. Earlier this year, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer briefly offered to negotiate plans for the border wall Trump wants in exchange for protections for “Dreamers,” but the prospect of a compromise quickly fell through.
Another consequence of truth decay: paralyzing uncertainty triggered by “policy whiplash,” when changes in government bring an about-face on issues like immigration and health care. For families and businesses left in limbo, “people can’t make decisions about what they do with their lives or money,” Kavanagh says, and jobs can be threatened—as when Microsoft warned that Trump’s immigration policies might push the tech giant to move some of its work force overseas. “With such a pendulum, how can we solve anything?” Kavanagh says, noting that RAND found previous eras of truth decay contributed to national economic crises like the Depression. “There are long-term consequences of making policy without facts.”

The urgent mission to safeguard democracy 

Truth decay is causing many Americans to feel so alienated that they’re abandoning their role in the political process, the RAND report warns. This summer, Pew released data showing that in the 2016 election, four out of ten eligible voters did not vote. And some groups feel more disenfranchised than others: Pew found that while overall turnout in 2016 was only slightly lower than in 2008 and similar to 2012, turnout among African-American voters dropped seven percentage points. And there were more nonvoters than voters among Latino Americans eligible to cast a ballot.  
RAND considers its study on truth decay a foundation for further research on the problem, as well as possible solutions. The researchers are gathering hard data to measure the ways truth decay now pervades American society. They are also creating a database of media literacy efforts to analyze their effectiveness, and they plan to test tactics like fact-checking and counter-messaging, which could be used to stop the spread of disinformation. The goal is ultimately to produce recommendations that lawmakers, educators, journalists and others can use to take action— but the research underway won’t identify any potential strategies until the end of 2018 at the earliest.
“The hope is to find effective ways to swing back toward a fact-based political discourse,” Kavanagh says. In the meantime, Trump’s lies continue to flow, on everything from the Russia investigation and NATO spending, to the economy and immigration. And as Americans continue to bitterly disagreeover what happened in the 2016 election, the next major vote looms.

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