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Fact Checking Thom Hartmann –OR– Did Trump Really Do/Say That?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, November 10, 2020

“Fact checking” is a relatively new phenomenon, having become necessitated by the seemingly incessant barrage of lies, falsehoods, fabrications, exaggerations, and otherwise untrue remarks, comments, statements, insinuations, and innuendo of the President and those in the near vicinity of, and within the orbit of his warped, demented, corrupted, and perverted “inner circle.”

Had there been no POS45 President, there’d have been no need for “fact checkers,” per se – at least not in the sense to which we’ve so quickly become accustomed to them… including their imposters.

Thom Hartmann

The comments of most people can be taken at face value, that they’re true, and if they’re exaggerated, at least the exaggeration is clearly understood by the listener/hearer. And even if the content shared was biased, that too, was clearly understood, even if it was reported upon, relayed or conveyed by a third party – disinterested, or not.

As an aside, in that vein of truth-telling, there are at least two entertaining and fun-to-watch motion pictures which stories are based upon the premise of truth-telling. In one, everyone in society tells the truth, or at least is incapable of lying, save for one individual – Ricky Gervais, in the 2009 comedy “The Invention of Lying.” In another, the protagonist is temporarily rendered incapable of saying anything other than the truth – the 1997 comedy “Liar Liar,” starring Jim Carrey.

But as we have all sadly come to understand – some later, while others early on – is that when Donald John Trump speaks, he is “not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him,” and when Donald John Trump “lies, he speaks his native language” with a forked tongue. And according to those who continue to track his prevarications, as of the last update August 27, 2020, the Current White House Occupant had uttered a total of 22,247 false or misleading claims in 1,316 days as the nation’s Chief Executive.

Regarding assertions that the Current White House Occupant is neither racist nor bigoted, the axiom “the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree” applies, because there is extant a news record and official public record of his father’s June 1927 arrest at a KKK rally described then as a “near-riot” which occurred in conjunction with that parade/rally.

Not only that, but there’s the persistent fact and inconvenient truth of the Justice Department’s 1973 Federal racial housing discrimination lawsuit against him, his father, and their company, all of which is a very embarrassing matter of public record for him.

And then, there’s his continued recalcitrant adherence to the false idea that the “Central Park 5” were guilty of the particularly brutal beating and repeated raping of a 28-year old White female jogger, a 1989 case in which 5 young Black & Hispanic male teens ages 14, 15, and 16, were (falsely) accused, convicted, sentenced, and imprisoned for a crime they did not commit. Later, in 2002, after serving their sentences, DNA evidence and analysis cleared them all, and the true solitary culprit – a previously convicted rapist – was found. The young men’s convictions were all vacated, and they shared a $41 million settlement.

Despite the overwhelming and incontrovertible abundance of evidence of their innocence, the nation’s current Chief Executive maintains the false assertion of their guilt. Perhaps the Earth is flat, after all, eh?

And then, there’s the matter of a Federal Class Action lawsuit against him and his eponymous, now-defunct “university” which evidence found was nothing but a scam, a fraudulent, deceptive, shyster, high-pressure bait-and-switch criminal organization, which case was eventually settled for $25 million.

“You belong to your father, the devil,
and you want to carry out your father’s desires.
He was a murderer from the beginning,
not holding to the truth,
for there is no truth in him.
When he lies, he speaks his native language,
for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

– Jesus of Nazareth, as recorded in John 8:44 (NIV)

But again, more the point, and that being the veracity of remarks made by Thom Hartmann, a longtime renown liberal radio show host, and author, and speaker. 

In his November 5, 2020 column “Even Losing Will be a Business Opportunity for Trump” Thom Hartmann wrote in part:

“When Donald Trump first decided to run for president, he confided to friends that his real goal was to get publicity for his brand and squeeze a larger payment out of NBC for his TV show. He even bragged that he’d be the first person to make money running for the White House.

“Once he unexpectedly won, he turned that into a business opportunity, redirecting over $100 million of government money into his own properties and businesses.

“Now, with the possibility of losing the presidency, he’s setting up his Plan B, his next business opportunity.

“The suckers who’ve been funding his reelection campaign are complaining that when they made a donation, they didn’t notice that the “make this a recurring donation” check-box had been pre-filled-in. Every week, Trump is extracting more and more money from their checking accounts or credit cards.

“Hundreds of millions of dollars have gone missing from Trump’ inaugural fundraising and his 2020 election fundraising; odds are most of it has ended up in Trump’s pockets.

“So now he’s launching lawsuits and a PR blitz to convince his cult followers that they need to hang in there with him until after his presidency so they can continue to buy his products, subscribe to his new online TV network, and pay to attend his rallies.”

While only a brief excerpt, that’s certainly a practical bucketful of claims, but let’s examine them one-by-one, in order to determine their veracity. It’s not as if good Mr. Hartmann cannot be believed, for as far as I’ve been able to discover, he has never said nor done anything to arouse even the slightest suspicion, or which would cause one to doubt his statements.

So let’s dive right in!

First, there’s the opening sentence “When Donald Trump first decided to run for president, he confided to friends that his real goal was to get publicity for his brand and squeeze a larger payment out of NBC for his TV show.”

Howard Stern, a longtime friend and confidante of Trump, has several times relayed the facts of his conversations with him, in which Trump expressed his intentions.
See: “Donald Trump: An Accidental President,” Monday, June 29, 2020
https://warmsouthernbreeze.wordpress.com/2020/06/29/donald-trump-an-accidental-president/

• Next, we have the second sentence in the opening paragraph: “He even bragged that he’d be the first person to make money running for the White House.”
See: “Br’er Trump & Br’er Biden,” Tuesday, July 2, 2019
https://warmsouthernbreeze.wordpress.com/2019/07/02/brer-trump-brer-biden/

See also: “What Does Donald Trump Really Want?,” Fortune, April 3, 2000 3:00 PM CDT, by Jerry Useem
https://fortune.com/2000/04/03/what-does-donald-trump-really-want/

• Next up is “Once he unexpectedly won, he turned that into a business opportunity, redirecting over $100 million of government money into his own properties and businesses.”
See: GAO Report “PRESIDENTIAL TRAVEL: Secret Service and DOD Need to Ensure That Expenditure Reports Are Prepared and Submitted to Congress” GAO-19-178, January 2019
https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/696512.pdf

See also: Trump Golf Count: 285 – TOTAL COST to Taxpayers: About $142,000,000
https://www.trumpgolfcount.com/

• Then, we have “Now, with the possibility of losing the presidency, he’s setting up his Plan B, his next business opportunity.” Preparatory for the next sentence…

• Which is: “The suckers who’ve been funding his reelection campaign are complaining that when they made a donation, they didn’t notice that the “make this a recurring donation” check-box had been pre-filled-in. Every week, Trump is extracting more and more money from their checking accounts or credit cards.”
See: “Donations To Trump’s Election Legal Fund Would Also Go Towards Paying Off His Campaign’s Debt,” November 7, 2020, 15:27 IST, by Kelsey Vlamis, Business Insider
https://www.businessinsider.in/politics/world/news/donations-to-trumps-election-legal-fund-would-also-go-towards-paying-off-his-campaigns-debt/articleshow/79097913.cms

• The following sentence reads, “Hundreds of millions of dollars have gone missing from Trump’ inaugural fundraising and his 2020 election fundraising; odds are most of it has ended up in Trump’s pockets.”
See: “Short on cash, Trump campaign appears to be hiding large-dollar payments to top staff,” September 8, 2020 6:24PM (UTC), by Roger Sollenberger, Salon
https://www.salon.com/2020/09/08/short-on-cash-trump-campaign-appears-to-be-hiding-large-dollar-payments-to-top-staff/

See also: “Trump’s Inauguration Money Is Still Missing One Year After His Administration Took Control of the White House,” on 1/18/18 at 8:15 AM EST by Linley Sanders, Newsweek
https://www.newsweek.com/trump-inauguration-money-still-missing-783934

See also: “New York Prosecutors Believe Ivanka Trump Skimmed Millions From The 2016 Inaugural Fund,” March 9, 2020, by Nicole James and Jason Miciak, PoliticalFlare
https://www.politicalflare.com/2020/03/new-york-prosectors-believe-ivanka-trump-skimmed-millions-from-the-2016-inaugural-fund/

See also: “Funds From Trump’s Massive Inaugural Fundraiser Still Unavailable To Charity,” September 15, 2017, 5:41 PM, by Jeff Horwitz and Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press
https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-inaugural-funds-charity-2017-9

• And we have the final excerpted paragraph which reads, “So now he’s launching lawsuits and a PR blitz to convince his cult followers that they need to hang in there with him until after his presidency so they can continue to buy his products, subscribe to his new online TV network, and pay to attend his rallies.”
See: “Trump’s big new election lawsuit alleges voter fraud potentially happened in 2 Pennsylvania counties. Both overwhelmingly voted for him.,” Tuesday, November 10 2020, by Jacob Shamsian, Business Insider
https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-pennsylvania-election-lawsuit-allege-voter-fraud-2-counties-2020-11

See also: “Trump Election Lawsuits Have Mostly Failed. Here’s What They Tried,” November 10, 2020 8:00 AM ET, by Miles Parks, NPR
https://www.npr.org/2020/11/10/933112418/the-trump-campaign-has-had-almost-no-legal-success-this-month-heres-what-they-ve

See also: “Trump’s Election Lawsuits Are Legally Hollow,” Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 7:48 PM CST, by Noah Feldman, Bloomberg, via Yahoo! Finance
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/trump-election-lawsuits-legally-hollow-014802988.html

See also: “Trump’s Inauguration Paid Trump’s Company — With Ivanka in the Middle,” December 14, 2018, 1:19 p.m. EST, by Ilya Marritz, WNYC, and Justin Elliott, ProPublica
https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-inc-podcast-trumps-inauguration-paid-trumps-company-with-ivanka-in-the-middle

Lawyers for the incumbent Republican Chief Executive refuse to lie for him to the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania judge in the case brought by the campaign and the RNC seeking to halt counting legally cast vote by mail ballots in the 2020 General Election.

Most recently, in the case which his campaign’s case which was filed in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, even the President’s lawyers wouldn’t lie for him. The link above is to the oral argument before the court. This is the site for the other documents related to the lawsuit brought by the Trump Campaign, the Republican National Committee and others who were seeking to stop the Montgomery County Board of Elections from counting mail-in ballots.

In many ways, the actions of this sad maladministration reminds me of the consistent efforts of Nazi German Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels and others during World War II who continually sought to deceive the people into submission, and to enlarge the German Nazi empire by fraud, deceit and then, through the violence of force and war. Though Goebbels and others in the Third Reich often lied publicly as part of their official German Nazi duties, Goebbels is widely, though incorrectly, attributed as having made remarks about consistently fabricating, then repeating large falsehoods – whereas he never said anything publicly about the matter. (I will not repeat the falsehood here, though you are very likely aware of it.)

Rather, the German Propaganda Archives of Calvin College – perhaps the largest, and best maintained site about Nazi propaganda – states this about Goebbels:

In a 1941 article titled “Churchill’s Lie Factory,” he wrote:

“One should not as a rule reveal one’s secrets, since one does not know if and when one may need them again. The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.”

He accuses the English of the “big lie,” and suggests that, were he to use such a technique, he would not publicly announce it.

The English translations of Nazi propaganda material by Joseph Goebbels is part of a larger collection of Nazi and East German propaganda at Calvin College, and includes many of Goebbels weekly articles for Das Reich, as well as a wide range of his numerous speeches. Some of Goebbels’s pre-1933 articles and speeches are available in the pre-1933 section of the German Propaganda Archive of Calvin College.

For additional information on the German Propaganda Archive, see the college’s FAQs.

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