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#AlternativeFacts

The past three days didn’t surprise me one bit.

Commentary said this about Donald Trump three weeks ago:

Everybody in the world knows he lies all the time, so why not say it. Heck, folks that voted for him knew he lied all the time. That’s his MO – pure and simple, he lies and he knows he lies.   The staff that surround him also know he lies. He wouldn’t be Trump without the lies. Oh, well!

Now the lies are called alternative facts as we learned yesterday. Here is from a CNN story yesterday:

In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” host Chuck Todd pressed Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway about why the White House on Saturday had sent Spicer to the briefing podium for the first time to claim that “this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.”

“You’re saying it’s a falsehood. And they’re giving — Sean Spicer, our press secretary — gave alternative facts,” she said.

Todd responded: “Alternative facts aren’t facts, they are falsehoods.”

Conway then tried to pivot to policy points. But later in the interview, Todd pressed Conway again on why the White House sent Spicer out to make false claims about crowd size, asking: “What was the motive to have this ridiculous litigation of crowd size?”

“Your job is not to call things ridiculous that are said by our press secretary and our president. That’s not your job,” Conway said.

Todd followed up: “Can you please answer the question? Why did he do this? You have not answered it — it’s only one question.”

Conway said: “I’ll answer it this way: Think about what you just said to your viewers. That’s why we feel compelled to go out and clear the air and put alternative facts out there.”

Trump himself directed Spicer to go to the White House briefing room to talk about the inauguration crowd size, Conway told CNN’s Athena Jones on Sunday.

All this over crowd size? Commentary has said it before. You can’t ask a 70-year old guy to grow-up.   He is very insecure and childish.   Look what he said Saturday at the CIA in front of the wall honoring fallen CIA officers. Has he no shame?

I was at my parents’ house on Saturday and was watching CNN when they ran the Sean Spicer briefing piece. I wasn’t flabbergasted at all. My initial thought was it looks like Trump and his folks are going to continue to be comfortable making up their own facts to fit their needs. This was kind of confirmed Saturday night when one of the CNN paid GOP talking heads said, who cares, the people believe Trump and not the press.

So folks like Sean Spicer, Conway, Reince Priebus and other spokespersons they trot out are going to be putting out their so called alternative facts. I am just going to wait and see how far this gets them and how long will other GOPers stick with them. After all, how long can America live on alternative facts.

Did any of you ever think you were going to see Trump’s taxes? I didn’t. It is now an official lie. Here is this from the Washington Post:

A senior aide to President Trump said Sunday that he has no plans to release his tax returns, a marked shift from Trump’s pledge during the campaign to make them public once an audit was completed.

“The White House response is that he’s not going to release his tax returns,” said Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, during an appearance on ABC’S “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “We litigated this all through the election.”

“People didn’t care,” Conway added. “They voted for him, and let me make this very clear: Most Americans are — are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like.”

He had a lot of GOPers out there saying we would see his taxes. I wonder what they are thinking on this. Put this on the list of issues to use during the 2018 mid-terms.

The Mexican president will be meeting with Trump. He better be listening to his economy minister, my old pal Idelfonso Guajardo. Here is from The Guardian:

Mexico must be ready to respond immediately with its own tax measures if the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump imposes a border tax, the country’s economy minister has said, warning such protectionism may trigger a global recession.

Trump, who takes office on 20 January, has promised a “major border tax” on companies that shift jobs outside the United States, and such a measure could hobble Mexico’s exports to its top trading partner.

“It is clear we need to be prepared to immediately neutralise the impact of such a measure,” the economy minister, Ildefonso Guajardo, said in an interview on Mexican television.

“And it is very clear how – take a fiscal action that clearly neutralises it,” he said.

Future suddenly uncertain for many Mexican auto workers after week in which sector was thrown into disarray and thousands of jobs were threatened.

Trump has repeatedly attacked Mexico over trade, jobs and immigration since he first launched his run for the White House in 2015, driving the peso currency to historic lows and unnerving investors, especially in the auto sector.

Guajardo said Trump’s proposed tax “was a problem for the entire world” and that it “would have a wave of impacts that could take us into a global recession”.

Nonetheless, the minister said he expected foreign direct investment in Mexico this year to total about $25bn, with investment in the energy and telecommunications sectors expected to more than make up for the loss of a planned $1.6bn Ford Motor Co factory that the company said this month it is cancelling. Trump had strongly criticised the plan, but Ford said its decision was not the result of pressure from Trump.

Guajardo also praised the government of Japan and Toyota Motor Corp for their “reasonable” response to Trump’s threat to impose a significant border tax if the company does not stop making its Corolla model in Mexico for the US market. Toyota said last week the automaker has no immediate plans to curb production in Mexico.

“Toyota has 10 plants in the United States … and employs more than 130,000 Americans. If I were Mr Trump, I’d treat them with more respect,” Guajardo said.

Here is all of The Guardian piece:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/13/mexico-retaliate-trump-border-tax-minister-ildefonso-guajardo.

The Chron E-Board today takes on Trump for not having a Latino in his Cabinet. Commentary has said it before. This is not an omission or oversight. This is intentional. Over the past ten weeks, someone in his inner circle had to have said “what about a Latino” and the reply was screw Latinos.

Here are parts of the E-Board take:

And most striking of all, it includes not a single Latino.

That’s right. Our nation’s fastest-growing group of citizens, roughly 17 percent of the American people, will not be represented in Trump’s Cabinet.

Leave it to the president who launched his campaign by condemning Mexicans as rapists to form a Cabinet that excludes Hispanics. Every president in the last three decades has given Latinos a seat at that table, but not the Trump administration.

And:

And it’s especially galling given how the president’s spokesman responded when questioned about this lack of diversity. “The number one thing that I think Americans should focus on is, is he hiring the best and the brightest” said White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

So it would seem the new president doesn’t think any of this nation’s more than 57 million Hispanic citizens are among the nation’s best and brightest. If Trump couldn’t find a single Cabinet nominee among that many people, he wasn’t looking hard enough.

Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised, given anti-immigrant rhetoric flooding Trump’s campaign. He didn’t need Hispanic votes to win the presidency, so perhaps he thinks he doesn’t need to make any overtures to Hispanic voters.

Here is the entire E-Board take: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Bad-signal-10875519.php.

And here is a piece from the Chron today on Latinos who attended the inauguration: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/lifestyle/calle-houston/article/What-are-Latinos-from-Houston-celebrating-at-10872786.php.

My good friend Keir retweeted this last night:

Keir Murray Retweeted

Judd Legum ‏@JuddLegum 3h3 hours ago

Richard Hine‏@richardhine 5h5 hours ago

Trump just literally blew a kiss to James Comey at a WH reception for law enforcement

He ought to be doing more than just blowing him kisses if you know what I mean.

I am skipping the MLB question today in protest of #AlternativeFacts.

This tweet was sent from The Yard last night about an event today that regretfully I can’t attend, but be there!:

 Houston Astros ‏@astros 16m16 minutes ago

Reminder that tomorrow we’ll have a #BagwellHOF Pep Rally at Union Station!  Doors open at 4pm, event begins at 6pm. http://Astros.com/BagwellHOF 

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