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Trump Tweeted A Total Lie And Chuck Schumer Took Him Down For It

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President Donald Trump‘s relationship with Twitter has, tragically, been one of the most widely and hotly discussed aspects of American politics for the last two and a bit years that he has been in office. Somehow, we have reached the stage where the man who is still our President of the United States and leader of the free world is such a prolific tweeter that he frequently embarrasses the United States on the world stage, causes diplomatic spats and international crises, and stokes hatred and fuels violence on an almost daily basis. It would be hard to come up with an example of less statesmanlike behavior if you tried.

Not only does Trump totally misuse Twitter on a professional level for a politician, but he also behaves in genuinely appalling ways by any reasonable standards. On multiple occasions, he has started online arguments with celebrities or public figures because they have said something he did not like. Even worse than that, perhaps, is his attacking of legitimate news outlets like CNN and the New York Times as Fake News Media and the True Enemy of the People simply because they report facts which are inconvenient to him. He is such a terribly incompetent president that it is not a surprise that most of the reporting about his time in office is negative, but he chooses to react to that fact in the least mature way imaginable. It is not a coincidence that rates of hate crime and hate motivated violence have skyrocketed since his tweets became the focus of public attention.

His latest tweet, as well as being totally false and inflammatory as everyone has come to expect, made no sense whatsoever. The President appeared to be trying to claim that Puerto Rico received $91 billion in aid from the US following Hurriance Maria. The only problem is that he seems to have plucked that figure out of thin air. No one in Washington can figure out where he got it from. Luckily, there are several senior Democrats who are still on the ball and willing to call out this nonsense whenever they see it. One of those people is Chuck Schumer, who wrote an op-ed laying into Trump for spouting falsehoods:

He claims that Puerto Rico is getting $91 billion in disaster relief, but no one can discern where he’s getting that figure, which is many times higher than the actual number.

We need more of that kind of strength from those on the left.


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