Warm Southern Breeze

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Does POS45 Hypocrisy Much? You be the judge.

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, December 20, 2020

The President has made seemingly countless false statements on equally seemingly innumerable subjects, across numerous categories. But a common thread, if it could be described as such, has emerged. And it is that everyone else is wrong, and he is the only one right. In his own mind, at least to hear him tell it, he’s always right, always correct, always and in every way perfect. And since he doesn’t need to ask forgiveness, he could very well be the reincarnation of Jesus of Nazareth.

But, more to the point.

Whose “landslide” are you talking about anyway, eh?

On November 27, 2016, then newly-President Elect Donald Trump tweeted: “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

In the 2016 General Election, Republican candidate Donald Trump won 304 Electoral College votes, but lost the Popular Vote with 46.1%. His Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton won 227 Electoral College votes, but won the Popular Vote with 48.2%, or 65,853,514 votes cast, to 62,984,828 for the Republican.

In the 1972 General Election, Republican Richard Nixon won the Electoral College with 520 votes, and carried 60.7% of the Popular Vote. His Democratic opponent Senator George McGovern won 17 Electoral College votes, and won 37.5% of the Popular Vote.

In the 1984 General Election, Republican Ronald Reagan won 525 Electoral College votes, with 58.8% of the Popular Vote, while his Democratic opponent Walter Mondale won 13 Electoral College votes, and 40.6% of the Popular Vote.

He claimed a massive conspiracy “robbed” him of votes in 2016. Were those same conspirators at work in 2020?

During his first week in office, in a bipartisan meeting with Congressional leaders on Monday, January 23, 2017, POTUS said that “millions of unauthorized immigrants had robbed him of a popular vote majority,” as told by members of both parties who attended the meeting.

On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 1400 EST, Sean Spicer, Press Secretary for the POTUS, in a press conference stated that the POTUS personally believed that there were millions of illegal votes cast, and that he based his belief upon “studies and evidence,” though neither man cited any. Spicer’s remarks were made in response to a question about Trump’s loss of the 2016 Popular Vote (though he won the Electoral College vote), in which the newly-elected POTUS claimed widespread voter fraud, and illegal ballots, even though there was never any evidence of any such things by any Election Official in any state.

Who’s paying who? Are we paying you? And picking up your tabs?

In his Inaugural Address, the newly-elected President said in part that the several elected officials on the dais with him “had reaped the rewards of government while the people had borne the cost.”

In a January 2019 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO-19-178) entitled “Presidential Travel: Secret Service and DOD need to Ensure That Expenditure Reports Are Prepared and Submitted to Congress” they found that costs incurred by Federal Agencies in Support of the President’s Four Trips to Mar-a-Lago from February 3 – March 5, 2017 were $13,568,000. Costs for his two adult children Donald J. Trump, Jr., and Eric Trump, travel to Uruguay, Dominican Republic, and the United Arab Emirates totaled about $396,000.

You’re “not going to have time to go play golf.” Really?

In August 8, 2016 in Loudon County, Virginia, he said, “Because I’m going to be working for you, I’m not going to have time to go play golf… believe me.”

As of this date – 20 December 2020 – the POTUS has played golf 148 times on 293 trips to his private properties, requiring his entourage to stay at his properties at standard rates, and has cost American taxpayers at least $142,000,000. His last golf outing – also at one of his private clubs – was 13 December 2020. The figure includes operating costs for government aircraft and boats, and $3 million on Temporary Duty (TDY) personnel costs including transportation, meals, lodging and incidental expenses by Secret Service, DOD, DHS and other agencies’ officials.

Redux: Who’s paying who? Are we paying you? And picking up your tabs?

In an April 3, 2000 interview with Fortune magazine, Trump said in part, “It’s very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it.”

Ebola, schmebola… who has the COVID-19 killed?

On October 23, 2014, private citizen Donald J. Trump tweeted that, “President Obama has a major meeting on the N.Y.C. Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but decided to play golf!”

On Saturday, 23 May 2020, while the coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic raged out of control in the United States infecting over 1.6 million, and killing at least 100,000, POTUS Trump went golfing at his private golf club in Sterling, Virginia.

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