Lincoln misquotes at the Republican National Convention

The Republican Convention needs non-stop fact checking. Of course there were incorrect statements at the Democratic Convention as well, but the GOP out-and-out made up statements, distortions, and lies are drowning the coverage. Fact checkers can’t keep up. They seem to just make things up as they go along.

Just a couple, about Lincoln.

Lara Trump:

“Abraham Lincoln once famously said ‘America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.’ While those words were spoken over 150 years ago, never have they been more relevant.”

Lincoln never said this. Historians agree it is an apocryphal quote. Snopes and PolitiFact have traced it to a Facebook meme that went viral last year.”

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron:

“Lincoln said that ‘any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure,’” Cameron continued. “Sadly, there are some who don’t believe in this wisdom or in the better angels of our shared American history, as they tear down the statues of people like Ulysses S. Grant, Frederick Douglass and even Mr. Lincoln himself.”

Lincoln did not say that. The earliest occurrence is actually from a speech given about Lincoln in 1911 by Hugh Gordon Miller.

In secretly recorded audio, President Trump’s sister says he has ‘no principles’ and ‘you can’t trust him’

This is what Trump’s own sister, a federal judge, has to say about him.

“Maryanne Trump Barry was serving as a federal judge when she heard her brother, President Trump, suggest on Fox News, “maybe I’ll have to put her at the border” amid a wave of refugees entering the United States. At the time, children were being separated from their parents and put in cramped quarters while court hearings dragged on.

“All he wants to do is appeal to his base,” Barry said in a conversation secretly recorded by her niece, Mary L. Trump. “He has no principles. None. None. And his base, I mean my God, if you were a religious person, you want to help people. Not do this.”

Barry, 83, was aghast at how her 74-year-old brother operated as president. “His goddamned tweet and lying, oh my God,” she said. “I’m talking too freely, but you know. The change of stories. The lack of preparation. The lying. Holy shit.”

Lamenting “what they’re doing with kids at the border,” she guessed her brother “hasn’t read my immigration opinions” in court cases. In one case, she berated a judge for failing
to treat an asylum applicant respectfully.

“What has he read?” Mary Trump asked her aunt.

“No. He doesn’t read,” Barry responded.

At one point Barry said to her niece, “It’s the phoniness of it all. It’s the phoniness and this cruelty. Donald is cruel.”

Listen in:

Trump attempts voter suppression by blocking Postal Service funding

Trump said Thursday that he does not want to fund the U.S. Postal Service because Democrats are seeking to expand mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic, making explicit the reason he has declined to approve $25 billion in emergency funding for the agency.

Trump has railed against mail-in balloting for months, and at a White House briefing Wednesday, he argued without any evidence that the Postal Service’s enlarged role in the November election would perpetuate “one of the greatest frauds in history.”

In remarks Thursday morning, Trump even went so far as to blame Democrats for their efforts to make it easier for Americans to vote amid the pandemic. It is already well known that Trump fears that the more people who vote the less likely it is he will win.

Joe Biden criticized Trump’s statement, saying Trump was “sabotaging a basic service that hundreds of millions of people rely upon.”

“This is an assault on our democracy and economy by a desperate man who’s terrified that the American people will force him to confront what he’s done everything in his power to escape for months — responsibility for his own actions,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Thursday rebuffed the Republican Party and allowed a consent decree to go forward so that Rhode Island voters could cast mail-in ballots without in-person witness verification during the coronavirus pandemic

Biden-Harris 2020 and interesting facts about Kamala Harris you may not know

Joe Biden’s pick for running mate, Kamala Harris, Senator from California, has a fascinating family and political background. Many people have just heard a few surface things, and may not be aware of many of her interesting, progressive, and principled accomplishments on important issues.

First some basics about her background.

She was born in Oakland, California, to Shyamala Gopalan, a breast-cancer scientist who immigrated from India, and Donald Harris, a professor of economics who immigrated from Jamaica. A realization of the American dream in so many ways.

Harris attended Howard University as an undergraduate. This makes her nomination the first for a graduate of a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to run on a major party’s presidential ticket. 

Harris is a lawyer, getting her law degree from the University of California-Hastings College of Law. She went on to serve as a prosecutor nearby in Alameda County, where her career in criminal justice reform began. 

We are all aware of certain controversies regarding her anti-truancy policies. But how aware are we of her truly progressive work in the criminal justice system?

After Alameda, Harris became the first female district attorney in San Francisco’s history, and was reelected four years later. 

In 2010, Harris became California’s first female attorney general and was reelected by a wide margin in 2014.

Harris instituted a number of progressive reforms as district attorney. They included “Back on Track,” a program intended to reduce recidivism by allowing first-time drug offenders to graduate high school and get jobs instead of facing prison time.

Harris also required that under California’s controversial “three strikes” law that the San Francisco district attorney’s office could only charge for a third strike if the felony was “serious or violent.”

As attorney general, Harris also introduced training on racial bias and procedural justice and made California’s Department of Justice the first statewide agency to require body cameras and launched a program tracking police killings for the public to use. 

In the Senate, she serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on the Judiciary. 

Harris’ popularity began to rise 2018 during Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court, often going viral for her questioning of Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual misconduct by California professor Christine Blasey Ford.

Harris was close to his Biden’s departed son Beau, from the days when Harris and the younger Biden were state attorneys general. Besides a couple of flare-ups during the Democratic debates, they have always been close.

Biden, unlike Trump, prides himself on not bearing grudges, and nothing proved that more than picking Harris. Biden also knows that a vice-presidential nominee must be a fearless and ferocious prosecutor of the case against the other party and its nominee. He has that in Harris.

Harris endorsed Biden in March, saying that “he has served our country with dignity and we need him now more than ever. I will do everything in my power to help elect him the next President of the United States.” 

“Don’t worry, Mr. President, I’ll see you at your trial,” Harris said in a Twitter exchange with Trump after she ended her presidential campaign. She was talking about the impeachment trial then, but now the jury is the entire American electorate.

Vote by mail = absentee ballots

For all those “vote by mail” haters – but who say absentee ballots are ok – there is no difference!

Trump and all his cronies have voted by mail.

Attorney General Barr (who has voted by mail) testified before Congress that there is no evidence of widespread fraud in absentee balloting, which is a process that has taken place for years.

I vote by absentee ballot – mailing it in from Japan.

The ONLY reason Trump is against vote by mail is because it means more people will vote. The more people who vote, the less chance Republicans have of winning an election. Trump even admitted that.

That’s why Republicans promote voter suppression in general (less polling places, shorter polling hours, less early voting…). They want less voters.

Perhaps all the Trump supporters who agree with him should not vote by mail. That would work out just fine.