Let’s try to be clear and be careful to not use nor reinforce inaccurate republican talking points. Mkay?
Liz Goodwin @lizcgoodwin
“My party’s not known for worrying about the deficit or the debt too much but it’s time for us to start getting into that,” Mayor Pete says in NH town hall in response to voter anxious about debt. Says everything his campaign has proposed is paid for.
11:34 AM · Dec 5, 2019
The Internets sort of exploded.
Historical data from the Congressional Budget Office [click to enlarge]:
Democratic administrations have been much better at working to reduce the deficit, sometimes after inheriting a huge mess from republican administrations. That’s it. That’s all you’ve got to say.
Eric Blair should be so proud. Or, more probably, horrified.
From the Federal Election Commission [pdf]:
OFFICIAL 2016 PRESIDENTIAL GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS
General Election Date: 11/08/2016
DATE: January 30, 2017 SOURCE: State Elections Offices
CA Clinton 8,753,788 Trump 4,483,810
MO Clinton 1,071,068 Trump 1,594,511
NY Clinton 4,556,124 Trump 2,819,534
Total Clinton 65,853,516 48.18% Trump 62,984,825 46.09%
This morning, from Representative Vicky Hartzler (r):
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
This impeachment inquiry has been a political attack against Trump. This is a move started by and supported by only Democrats.
This is what happens when California and New York Democrats want to undo the decision of the 1.6 million Missourians who voted for @realDonaldTrump.
8:52 AM · Dec 5, 2019
Math is hard, high dudgeon is cheap and easy.
As usual, there was much hilarity in the responses:
You’re peddling fiction.
Just like you did on birtherism.
Just like you did promising to lower our national debt.
Just like you did promising not to support tariffs.
Just like you do on climate change.
Just like you do on evolution.
You lie. Over and over. [….]
You know better. He did it. He is immoral, indecent, and probably, illegitimate. Our great country and our democracy is under attack by him, putin, and more. He’s debilitated our State Department, along with the EPA, along with any public entity that serves our citizens. Shame.
Nice tactic Vicky. Call out those coastal “elites”. Can’t wait to be rid of you in 2020.
Nope, this is what happens when presidents are DIRTY.
Shame on you for making it political, you know better.
You couldn’t be more wrong. It’s a shame you’ve decided to choose that orange malignancy in the Oval Office over your country and your oath to the Constitution. But that’s OK. You officially won’t have to care about that oath after next Election Day anyway.
Ma’am, politics has absolutely NOTHING to do with what the Speaker is doing. Our President broke his oath to the constitution & to the American people. The evidence is irrefutable.
Wrong. It was started by the corruption of this Administraton – that was revealed and exposed.
Missouri voter here: impeach and remove.
read the transcript!
The inferiority complex is strong in this one.
The rest of the country better become the new resistance, or we will become a two state nation!! East of the Mississippi will be New York and west will be California. Theirs will be the only votes that count!
/whine Math is hard.
I can’t wait to see you at the Harrisonville Walmart so I can publicly shame you. You’ll hear me before you’ll see me, that’s for sure. [….]
Such courage you have (sarcasm). When was the last time you had a town hall in Columbia to face your constituents? Come and share with us voters your defense of extortion, bribery and obstruction of Congress. [….]
We understand there might be a future open public townhall at the national anti-union chain store branch in Harrisonville.
Ummmm how many people voted against trump? Really better track up those numbers again. He lost the popular vote.
No. This has nothing to do with undoing votes. It has to do with the LAW.
Thanks for reminding us that the GOP has no interest in oversight or accountability. Given this dereliction of duty, maybe you should find another line of work.
This is about abuse of power. If you support him, you must be compromised.
What is your defense for the accusations and testimonies against him? You can’t just dismiss them all because “only democrats support impeachment.” That’s not a defense.
Your disingenuousness & lack of spine will be quite lovely to read about in the history books. Hope you’re ready for the public shaming of your family for decades to come. You’re on the wrong side of this issue and you know it. Here’s hoping that karma will be extra bitchy.
Impeachment doesn’t undo an election any more than jailing a criminal “undoes” their right to freedom. Impeachment is called for under the Constitution when a President abuses his office.
Independent voter here. I always understood the value of ideas left vs right in politics. But I don’t understand why you are protecting corruption for a president who does not value the importance of the office he holds. Continue on this path and all moderates will leave you.
Interesting. The “last straw” wasn’t the overt racism of birtherism or the Muslim ban, nor mocking a reporter with a physical disability, nor attacking Gold Star parents, nor separating children from their parents and holding them in cages…
No this is what happens when a game show host crimes in the White House.
Trump withheld aid from a foreign country to get dirt on a political rival. That’s Bribery. This isn’t the Democrats doing, this is trump and his crooked administration.
“I need you to do us a favor, though.”
No this is what happens when Republicans stand up for Republicans and not the United States, you will NEVER receive my vote again for anything.
The only New Yorker responsible for Donald Trump’s malfeasance is Donald Trump.
No, this is what happens when someone actually has the balls to stand up and protect the constitution against high crimes and misdemeanors. Trump’s a crime boss and you’re a family member.
It’s all about abuse of power, obstruction of justice, the rule of law and upholding the Constitution, which was part of your oath of office. Get a clue or resign.
This impeachment is a slap in the face of every little city in rural America who voted for @realDonaldTrump. Democrats who live in big cities desire to rule over all. It’s past time for a Civil War or Breakup of the USA into 3 or 4 Autonomous Republics.
That there’s a real patriot. Good luck on your own, sucker. Until the revenues generated by the citizens of New York and California to subsidize those other states disappear, right?
Bullshit. I’ve voted against you in every single election you’ve run. I knocked on doors, put up signs. Every day you dismiss half the electorate of this state like you’ve got some kind of carte blanche to enact their corporate bought and paid agenda. You are the worst.
Do you have any idea how ridiculous you sound? Or is that on purpose?
We’re gonna go with a “no” on the first one.
Trump is a criminal – and so are you for being his accomplice
Even Republican voters have Trump fatigue
Let us be clear about this Vicky, you support a criminal and a traitor.
The election you and your party are vaunting was objectively attacked by a foreign power to help donald trump win.
I don’t see the will of 1.6M Missourians, I see the will of Vladimir Putin.
You’re on the wrong side of history and are spouting a false message.
Why are Republicans parroting Putin propaganda & disinformation? Why don’t Repubs defend Constitution? Your oath was meaningless. You know if a Democratic president had done any ONE of the things 45 has done, you’d impeach.
You believe a President can never be impeached because it would be “undoing” the decision of certain voters?
This conflicts with the express terms of the Constitution which mandates Impeachment for Bribery, Treason, or High Crimea and Misdemeanors.
No one is above the law.
No, that’s what happens when Missourians get hustled into voting for a lifelong New York Democrat as if he’s the brand standard of the Republican Party. Y’all got bamboozled. People like you are the reason i left the party. Grow a spine and standup for what’s right.
He changed his vote registration to Florida.
Early this evening:
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
Too bad. We will miss you Kamala!
5:25 PM · Dec 3, 2019
Ten minutes later, a response:
Kamala Harris @KamalaHarris
Don’t worry, Mr. President. I’ll see you at your trial.
5:35 PM · Dec 3, 2019
There is a difference.
He ain’t too bright, is he?
Yes, we will.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D): “We will keep up that fight.” (December 3, 2019)
This morning, from the senior United States Senator from Hawaii:
Brian Schatz @brianschatz
So, today is a good day to find out whether Senator Kennedy’s “Ukraine is the real culprit” represents the consensus position of Senate Republicans.
6:40 AM · Dec 2, 2019
They won’t answer. Vladimir Putin won’t let them.
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
“Trump did nothing impeachable, day-by-day review of all impeachment hearing testimony shows”
7:26 PM · Nov 30, 2019
Because, of course, as explained in the Constitution the Faux News Channel is the final arbiter.
Some of the Twitter responses:
Yeap. A Fox news commentator is the final word on everything.
Propaganda TV doesn’t matter.
Looks like manbaby finally grabbed the phone back from his babysitters…. [….]
I can’t wait for you to testify.
You are a very small, insecure man.
America can see right through their phony President.
Nearly everything Donald John Trump involves himself in becomes corrupted. It’s as if he is the Anti-Midas.
Yeah, I’m not sure “The Deep State is out to get me” is an entirely convincing argument from a man who has already lied 13,000 times and is about to be impeached
You tried to bribe another country to interfere in our elections.
“I’m innocent.” -Every guilty criminal
Ok, Donny. But could you do me a favor though?
We see what you did there.
Well then why is he obstructing Congress and intimidating witnesses ? Why is he hiding documents ? Innocent people don’t do that.
This whole presidency, day by day, makes Trump more impeachable.
He doesn’t get to decide, Congress does. Worried?
People who have a convoluted value system and an inability to discern a difference between right and wrong will always claim they are innocent of even the most dastardly crimes.
From a comment: “[….] If really rich people paid their fair share of taxes, no one would care if their kids went to free public college[.]”
From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
Unkept Promises: State Cuts to Higher Education Threaten Access and Equity
October 4, 2018
by Michael Mitchell, Michael Leachman, Kathleen Masterson, Samantha Waxman
A decade since the Great Recession hit, state spending on public colleges and universities remains well below historical levels. Overall state funding for public two- and four-year colleges in the school year ending in 2018 was more than $7 billion below its 2008 level, after adjusting for inflation. (See Figure 1.) In the most difficult years after the recession, colleges responded to significant funding cuts by increasing tuition, reducing faculty, limiting course offerings, and in some cases closing campuses.
The promise to past generations of students in America has been that if you work hard and strive, public colleges and universities will serve as an avenue to greater economic opportunity and upward mobility. For today’s students — a cohort more racially and economically diverse than any before it — that promise is fading.
Rising tuition threatens affordability and access leaving students and their families –– including those whose annual wages have stagnated or fallen over recent decades — either saddled with onerous debt or unable to afford college altogether. This is especially true for students of color (who have historically faced large barriers to attending college), low-income students, and students from non-traditional backgrounds. Higher costs jeopardize not only the prospects of those individual students but also the outlook for whole communities and states, which are increasingly reliant on highly educated workforces to grow and thrive.
To build a prosperous economy — one in which the benefits of higher education are broadly shared and felt by every community regardless of race or class — lawmakers will need to invest in high-quality, affordable, and accessible public higher education by increasing funding for public two- and four-year colleges and by pursuing policies that allow more students to pursue affordable postsecondary education. By doing so, they can help build a stronger middle class and develop the entrepreneurs and skilled workers a strong state economy needs.
On Twitter yesterday, directed at Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D):
Chris Geidner @chrisgeidner
Today is revealing who Pete is as clearly as anything else he’s done during this campaign, and it’s remarkably disappointing. This disingenuous BS is turning the Democratic vision of governing on its head. And both Pete and Lis know that, which makes it all the worse.
Lis Smith @Lis_Smith
If you think that a worker who didn’t go to college should pay for college for a CEO’s kid, then @PeteButtigieg isn’t your candidate. [….]
Chris Geidner continued:
If you put Pete and Lis in the middle of any great moment of the expansion of the Democratic vision for America, today’s argument would have been not to do more and make America better, but too do less, and expect less, and be less.
All I keep doing is transporting Pete and Lis into the era of the New Deal and the Great Society and becoming more and more disappointed in this disingenuous line of attack.
A vision of providing for all—whether it be education, health care, retirement, social security, infrastructure, transit, libraries—means all. This vision of exclusion being pushed by Pete & Lis undermines the entire Dem governing argument for WHY government should provide these.
Dems arguing that those who want to provide a service to all are “paying for billionaires” is so dispiriting to see. Pete & Lis arguing for the merits of Pete’s proposal as more workable or realistic is one thing, but arguing that doing more is BAD is an awful Dem position.
It’s their argument that is turning, in my words, the Democratic vision of governing on its head — not Pete’s proposal in and of itself. That’s why I didn’t say anything about it until they decided to argue that doing more, covering all, was actually bad policy.
From Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s (D) campaign web site:
Freedom means access to affordable higher education.
While higher education remains a clear pathway for much of the middle class, for too many–particularly for students of color and low-income students–those paths are littered with hurdles. We must make public college truly debt-free for lower-income families. We will do this through a state-federal partnership that makes public tuition affordable for all and completely free at lower incomes–combined with a large increase in Pell Grants that provides for basic living expenses and keeps up with inflation. Middle-income families at public colleges will pay zero tuition.
We will cancel the debts of borrowers in low-quality, overwhelmingly for-profit programs and invest $50 billion in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving institutions (MSIs), which are critically important institutions that deserve more dedicated support.
Other Critical Policy Areas
Confront student loan debt
Provide more support for students entering public service
Ensure the highest degree of transparency and accountability for higher education institutions
Apply strict standards to for-profit higher education institutions
That’s all generically reassuring.
U.S. Representative Lawrence Clarifies Statement on LeDuff Podcast
November 26, 2019 Press Release
Detroit, MI – Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) issued the following statement in clarification of her interview with Charlie LeDuff:
“I was an early supporter for impeachment in 2017. The House Intelligence Committee followed a very thorough process in holding hearings these past two weeks. The information they revealed confirmed that this President has abused the power of his office, therefore I continue to support impeachment.
However, I am very concerned about Senate Republicans and the fact that they would find this behavior by the President acceptable.”
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
The impeachment inquiry only highlights divides in our nation. It has prevented us from working together to deliver real results for hardworking people.
The election is 11 months away. Let the American people decide President Trump’s political future.
10:36 AM · Nov 26, 2019
The American people decided Donald Trump’s political future on November 6, 2018. Don’t you remember?
As usual, there was much hilarity in the responses:
No, Vicky, the impeachment inquiry highlights that trump is utterly corrupt and should be removed from office. Impeach, Convict, Remove! Then in November 2020, VOTE BLUE!
there is a criminal in the white house and he should be held accountable.
I decide… to impeach and remove Donald J. Trump from office.
But in the meantime u want us to turn a blind eye to the lawlessness of what he HAS done??
Sure sounds like that, don’t it?
@HouseGOP @FoxNews “Republicans hope lying will work better then their current start of defending the indefensible”
Vicky endorses trump’s crimes
It actually highlights the departure from truth and consequence by all @GOP. You’d have to be a fool to believe a word from @potus or any republican. Have a nice day, Vicky.
That’s the same as “bless your heart” if you live north of the river, right?
No, the highlights are that the American people are seeing the depth of corruption in our government, and not just from this administration, others also. The American people need to stand up for the constitution & hold even Presidents accountable, impeach and set the example.
That is not a defense.
– the gov’t has been divided since 2010
– trump & the GOP have made it worse
– 200+ bills waiting for
@senatemajldr to act
Got caught in the act. Withholding military aid in exchange for a personal favor is bribery (aka quid pro quo). Aid was released when the coverup scheme blew up
A crinimal potus who likens himself to Jesus Christ, compromises our national security and believes he is above the law, is what’s dividing our nation. My question is why doesn’t this bother you?
Lol. Nope. Trump for prison.
How about we respect rule of law and punish those not following it? Crazy idea, huh?
Where is your responsibility in check a branches abuse of power?
No. Goddammit. He is corrupt and I’m sick & tired of the GOP pretending he is not. His entire entourage are corrupt. Most have had to resign because of ethics violations. Others have gone to prison. This corrupt administration is insufferable. What happens when he defies SCOTUS?
by that time, it’ll be too late. Just watch.
“It has prevented us from working together.” SERIOUSLY? Are you high??? They have committed crimes!
That is a fatuous argument.
@realDonaldTrump is accused of cheating on the last election and attempting to cheat on the next election. Are we guaranteed that he won’t still try to cheat? No.
He can’t be trusted. Let the investigation finish, and probably #ImpeachAndRemove.
Had to look that one up. Heh.
this from the party who said “we’re going to make sure Obama is a one-term president”
working together, it seems is convenient when your party is on the defense
But, maybe their base is.
This is always your answer except if you had the chance to put another justice on the court your mantra would change. You continue to lie to the American people!
Please provide the name of the survey to which you are referencing? I believe the number were just released last night showing no change in the last 7 days. Naming your Source is the always best practice. Bills are moving forward to die in $ Moscow Mitch’s Graveyard.
Eat shit #welfarevicky
Well. That individual certainly has a strong opinion.
Sure vicky. Who cares if he broke the law. Nice concept
Impeachment or not, it is good to know what Trump is doing behind our backs. Who knows what else he will do to this country before the next election. Do you really want to wait that long and see the division getting even wider with more violence?
So you are saying trump hasn’t been divisive? You are saying if their is wrongdoing let it go?
Well, he is. And he’s confessed on TV.
So someone who is cheating and abusing their power, to win an election. To say that we should wait until after that election to do anything is just dumb. You know when everyone who worked on this says that he is guilty. It takes a special kind of stupid to say let’s wait.
You are an idiot. It’s about the soul of our country and holding this President and future Presidents accountable. If you do not understand that, I strongly suggest you resign immediately
Or you could stop kissing the ass of a traitor.
There is that.
This morning, at 7:00 a.m.:
John Bolton @AmbJohnBolton
Glad to be back on Twitter after more than two months. For the backstory, stay tuned……..
7:00 AM · Nov 22, 2019
There was much disdain in the comments:
If only John Bolton had the courage of Fiona Hill
“Few Republicans are going to want to read a Bolton book showing Trump in a bad light. And Democrats are not about to put money into the pockets of a man who effectively blocked us from hearing damning testimony.”
It’ll be enough.
Testify to Congress under oath. That’s really the only thing we want to hear from you.
While you were away from Twitter, sir, a lot of people found it cowardly that you chose to discuss the Trump administration before a “gathering of Morgan Stanley’s largest hedge fund clients” but not before Congress.
In it for the glory, but mostly the profit.
There’s that, too.
Trump is burning this country to the ground. DO SOMETHING.
Testify in public and under oath, or you are just wasting air and space.
Hey John Bolton why don’t you do your patriotic duty and come forward – if it’s a matter of money we can start a Go Fund Me page for your testimony
It wouldn’t be a “quid pro quo” cause the GOP doesn’t think anything is so we are good!
We see what they did there.
To sell a book? Or do justice now? You watched Trump up close and know what he’s capable of if he’s allowed to continue.
It will be on you.
You sent those under your charge to the NSC lawyers and they agreed to testify to Congress. Are you too cowardly to do the same? Is the power of your party affiliation more important than your duty to country?
Testify under oath or leave us all alone.
Public servants with everything to lose stepped forward.
Come forward for the right reason.
We’re full up on schemes and bribes.
Just testify, dude. Fiona Hill did.
The only way I want to hear from you is under oath, before the American people. It’s your duty.
You need to testify.
Do your duty; testify.
You’ll always be able to sell your book. But you’ll never be able to get this moment in history back.
How about testifying in the Impeachment hearings and tell the FRONT story? That madman you’re protecting in the White House is destroying our country, and you stand silent? You are better than this, sir.
I think we’re very close to finding out whether John Bolton really is better than this.
Quit fan-dancing for tips and testify.
Testify first. Tweet later.
Your timing is curious sir. It’s either to promote your book (which is more likely the case) or to antagonize the monster in the WH. Either way I care less about what you tweet and more about you stepping forward and telling the Impeachment committees what you know. #BeBest
Sir, US Capitol Building, First Street SE, Washington, D.C. Wear a jacket and tie.
And on and on.
Yes, we are.
Sarah Kendzior @sarahkendzior
I’m glad people listened to Fiona Hill. I wish you’d listen when she says we’re running out of time. We *never* had time. A central tactic of autocrats is to simply run out the clock. That’s what Trump’s been doing while people take their sweet time catching up to the obvious.
8:31 PM · Nov 21, 2019
The resistance (December 18, 2016)