Time to Wake Up! The Republicans Are Gaslighting America.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R – LA) just appeared on Fox News. One of his talking points? The so-called “Green New Deal.”

“The Green New Deal,” he said. “Just think about how laughable… cows are banned… planes are banned…”

Of course, this is pure B.S. But it’s a common GOP talking point. And, as they continue to hammer on this fantasy, their core supporters eat it up.

Scalise’s idiotic depiction of the Green New Deal came on the heels of a comment on how much Trump has done “to get this economy moving again.”

Which, in reality is almost nothing. The economy crashed under our last Republican president – George W. Bush. The economy got moving again under President Obama. Under Obama…

  • Unemployment dropped significantly
  • The stock market came roaring back
  • The avalanche of home foreclosures slowed to a trickle.

But Trump and the Republicans are taking credit for it all.

They’re Gaslighting America… and we have to call them on it every time.

The Republican Assault on Truth Rules the Twitterverse

My Twitter feed this morning included these pro-Trump posts…

  • The GOP quoted chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, saying “… the Democrat Party wants to take away Pretty much everything from the American people… to fund a health care plan.” This, of course, is blatantly false.
  • A GOP re-tweet of a McDaniel post claiming, “[Democrats]want the government to take over every aspect of our lives from education to health care.” Again, completely false.
  • A misleading post from Rep. Jim Jordan doing a hatched job on Jim Comey.
  • A post from Sarah Huckabee Sanders mis-stating the Democratic position on firearms.
  • A wildly spun post from the “Trump War Room” saying Pete Buttigieg accused Trump voters in his state of “supporting racism.” He didn’t. He said, at best, Trump voters are “looking the other way” on the issue. And the comment wasn’t aimed at Hoosiers.
  • Another GOP retweet – this one from Elizabeth Harrington – implying Beto O’Rourke was in favor of ignoring the 2ndAmendment, and wanted to take away everyone’s guns. O’Rourke actually said he was in favor of ending private ownership of assault weapons.

And on and on it went. Every single Republican tweet I read was either misleading or out-and-out false.

Luckily for us, the Democrats have an active well-orchestrated truth machine countering this onslaught on reality.

Just kidding. For the most part, the Dems seem to ignore the GOP gaslighting campaign… with just a few notable exceptions.

The Democratic Party Is Wimping Out

This morning’s tweet from the Dems? An offer to win two tickets to the next candidates’ debate. I kid you not.

The GOP flooded Twitter with misinformation – or massive “spin,” if you prefer. The Dems respond by offering two tickets to a snooze-fest. Really? Have they learned nothing from The Squad? Apparently so.

Meanwhile, a Republican PAC ran an ad during the Democratic debate depicting an image of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) going up in flames. That’s a violent act that encourages more acts of violence.

AOC responded by calling out Republican “hysteria” and laying out her party’s goals. Fellow Rep. Rashida Tlaib backed her up.

But the Democratic Party? Crickets.

I follow the Dems on Twitter, and they post far less than the GOP. The opposition is pumping out an endless stream of mis-information… and the Dems remain virtually silent.

For a growing number of voters, social media is a key source of information… and the Dems are blowing it. Who could have imagined a bunch of old white guys could out-gun the diverse Democratic Party on social media?

But it sure seems to be happening.

Guess what, Dems. If you don’t wise up, democracy as we know it will be at an end. So enough with the snooze-fest tickets already!

You have to fight back.

And that means more of your team has to spend a lot more time at their keyboards.

Demographics Are on Our Side

The GOP is the party of old white men. The party of religious conservatives. The party of white nationalists.

Democrats tend to be younger, more diverse, and technologically savvier. Better educated. So why isn’t the party reaching out more effectively on social media? Lord only knows.

The Dems lost state houses because the party focused on the big picture. And all but ignored local races. Now they seem to be losing the social media battle because…

Because… Well, nobody has a good idea why. Lack of trying, maybe? Did the party learn nothing from Obama’s online success? Apparently so.

The GOP is blanketing social media with misinformation. The longer the Dems ignore it, the stronger the grip these lies will have.

Look… Dems have the demographic advantage. They need to use it. They need to get more active online. To broadcast the truth on social media. To fight fear-mongering with facts. To call out the GOP’s lies and mis-representations.

To flood social media with the truth.

The Squad can’t do it for you. But they canset an example. Yes; they’re younger and more progressive. But – in the final analysis – their goals are the same as yours: An America that’s just. That shining light on the hill.

2020 is fast approaching. Our democracy may not withstand 4 more years of Trump. But it’s not too late.

President Obama showed how powerful social media can be. The Squad has shown how easily it can be turned to your cause.

The truth is a powerful ally. Use it to counter the GOP’s Gaslight campaign online. Because the alternative is unthinkable.

If They Don’t Like It Here…

We all heard Donald Trump’s latest (as I write this, anyway) racist dog whistle. “Why don’t they go back,” he tweeted about four members of Congress, “and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

Generations of racists have shouted pretty much the same thing to anyone in the U.S. that didn’t look like them. Or speak their language. Or go to their church. Etc.

Now that his base has gotten the message, Trump has been backing off just a bit on the language. Now he’s not saying, “Go back where you came from!” Instead, he’s tempered his message to “If you don’t like it here, leave.”

There are two reasons this message may be even more dangerous than the openly racist “Go back where you came from.” Here’s why…

Nobody Said They Didn’t Like It Here

Trump’s “tempered” message starts with a boatload of lies. Members of The Squad – as they’re now known – hate America. They’re anti-Semitic. They’ve called Americans “garbage” and praised al-Qaida.

Of course, none of these claims are true. Trump is making it all up. Just as he made up the claim that he tried to stop attendees at his rally from chanting, “Send her back!” He basked in the chant till it stopped on its own – a full 13 seconds. Then he said nothing to discourage the audience.

Congresswomen Pressley, Omar, Tlaib, and Ocasio-Cortez have shown they love our country. Their policy stands favor the majority of Americans over the handful of wealthy masters Trump serves. They press for a living wage… universal healthcare… a clean environment… women’s equality… LGBTQ rights… and affordable college. (To name a few.)

All these issues put them at odds with the Trump Administration. And they’re not shy about calling Trump and his cronies out.

Those disagreements are why Trump says they hate America. And he’s willing to fabricate all sorts of horror stories to “prove” it.

Open racism is indefensible. Criticizing those who hate America isn’t. So, Trump has moved on to safer ground. As he so often does.

Give the base a solid shout-out… then back off a bit to a safer path. A path that’s usually paved with lies.

The Master of Hypocrisy

Let’s take Trump at his word for a moment. What he really meant, he tells us, was they can leave if they don’t like it here. And they must not like it, because they’re always complaining.

Okay, fair enough. Let’s look at someone else complaining…

If there’s one thing Donald Trump knows how to do it’s complain. Followed closely by finding fault. So you’d think he’d leave any country or organization he didn’t like, right?

Let’s see how Trump has tweeted about his own political party over the years. Here’s a sampling…

  • Jul 2011 – “The GOP doesn’t waste an opportunity to waste an opportunity.”
  • Oct 2011 – “The GOP primary schedule is a disaster.”
  • Jan 2012 – “The GOP primary is getting very nasty. The candidates need to remember that @BarackObama is the main target.”
  • Jan 2013 – “The worst negotiators in history (otherwise known as Republicans) have just offered to suspend debt ceiling for four months. Pathetic!”
  • Jan 2013 – “@GOP is burying itself. 63% of Republican voters think @GOP Congress is ‘out of touch.’”
  • Feb 2013 – “The ruling @GOP consultant class of losers like @KarlRove have no respect for the Tea Party. They do this at their own peril!”
  • Feb 2013 – “What is wrong with the @GOP? Now they want to give all authority on the sequester cuts to Obama… Pathetic.”
  • Jul 2013 – “Why is the @GOP congress focusing on amnesty when so many Americans are unemployed?”
  • Apr 2015 – “Why are the Republicans giving Obama fast track authority for TPP and the Iran agreement?! Obama gets more from the GOP than his own party.”

And then Trump entered the 2016 race…

  • Jul 2015 – “@GovernorPerry failed on the border. He should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to enter the GOP debate.”
  • Nov 2015 – “Going to Ohio, home of one of the worst presidential candidates in history–Kasich.”
  • Nov 2015 – “With Ben Carson wanting to hit his mother on head with a hammer, stab a friend and Pyramids built for grain storage – don’t people get it?”
  • Dec 2015 – “A new poll indicates that 68% of my supporters would vote for me if I departed the GOP & ran as an independent.”
  • Feb 2016 – “Cruz is the worst liar, crazy or very dishonest. Perhaps all 3?”
  • Mar 2016 – Rubio is weak on illegal immigration, with the worst voting record in the U.S. Senate in many years.”
  • Feb 2016 – “Lightweight @JebBush said tonight he didn’t know his family used private eminent domain in Texas- Lie!”
  • Feb 2016 – “Mitt Romney, who was one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics…”
  • Feb 2016 – “Wow, Jeb Bush, whose campaign is a total disaster, had to bring in mommy to take a slap at me.”
  • Aug 2017 – “Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn’t get it done.”

And this is just a sampling from Trump’s tweets. No speeches, interviews, or other sources. Just. His. Tweets. And look how he apparently despises the GOP.

Yet he ran as a Republican. Hired the people he trashed during the primaries. And praised others he had so recently run down. What happened to “love it or leave it?” What’s the difference?

The difference is clear. The members of Congress he attacked are women of color. Trump’s message couldn’t be clearer: America is for whites. All others can take the crumbs they’re tossed… or they’re welcome to leave.

And it just doesn’t get any more racist – or anti-American – than that.

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Tweets sourced from trumptwitterarchive.com.