Who Won The Week? 03/01/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week I am choosing a word: hoax.E92375B0-487A-4CE3-A4CE-97B53EA72DDBWhat is a hoax? It’s a deception, a lie, or a trick that is designed to appear true and fool others into believing in its truth.

So why am I choosing “hoax”? Well, that seems to be one of Donald Trump’s favorite words. Especially when it comes to anything he doesn’t like or that casts him in a negative light. And, sadly, his supporters tend to be buying into it.

Rejecting the findings of nearly all scientists, Trump has referred to climate change a hoax. He claimed that Russian interference with the 2016 elections was a hoax. He called the Mueller investigation into his potential collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice a hoax.

He called the charges against his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as well as contentious hearings on his appointment to the High Court, hoaxes.

The impeachment hearings by the House of Representatives was a hoax. The impeachment trial in the Senate was a hoax. And his latest hoax claim is that Democratic complaints about his handling of the coronavirus threat is “their new hoax.”

It seems “hoax” has replaced “fake news” and “witch hunt” as Donald’s favorite words. So that is why I chose “hoax” as the word that won the week this week.

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

WTF?

83383F66-3798-4863-85B7-133FDBE0DFF0A Tennessee Republican state representative, Micah Van Huss, recently introduced a measure at the state’s capital that would recognize CNN and the Washington Post “as fake news,” and condemn the two outlets as being “part of the media wing of the Democratic Party.” Van Huss said these two media outlets are denigrating Tennessee’s citizens by implying that they are “weak-minded followers instead of people exercising their rights that our veterans paid for with their blood.”

“To describe the entire Republican Party as a cult led by President Trump is problematic. If journalists are going to refer to the party as a cult, and its supporters as cultists, they must define what “cult” means. Otherwise, they are assuming that a cult is some obvious phenomenon and everyone knows what the word means,” reads a portion of Van Huss’ resolution.

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Meanwhile, in Montana, Republican state representative Rodney Garcia, is claiming that the U.S. Constitution allows for socialists “to be tried, and if they’re found guilty, they can be jailed or shot.” Garcia said he believes that the Constitution’s treason clause in Article III allows for the jailing or killing of “enemies” of the U.S., which he believes to mean socialists.

Garcia’s statements were even a bit much for other Republican lawmakers in the state. “Your reckless and un-American remarks are beneath that of a public official and do not represent the values of the Republican Party, the Montana House of Representatives, or the people of our great state,” several state lawmakers wrote in a letter to Garcia.

“Your actions have irreparably undermined the body in which you serve and have irrevocably broken the trust of those you were elected to represent. We believe it is clear that you can no longer effectively discharge the duties of the office you hold; therefore, it is our request that you submit your resignation with immediate effect,” the letter continued.

But Garcia was unfazed. “They can ask me to step down, but, no, I don’t think so,” Garcia said. “I will only resign if God asks me to.” Then he added, “I’m going to run for the Senate and I’m going to win. People are going to have to eat their words.”

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I know that, in the age of Donald Trump, things are crazy in politics, but seriously, where do Republicans dig up some of the characters they run for state legislative offices? And what is wrong with the voters who vote these assholes in office in the first place?

Fake Views

6C6612CD-9627-4020-9606-38178B2499D4Despite the overwhelming evidence against Donald Trump, he still manages to garner the staunch support of most Republican voters. The number of Americans who continue to approve of Trump remains largely static, at about 40% overall. But in a CNN poll last week, only 10% of Republicans said Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 89% of Republicans approved of the job he’s doing. What?

Republicans in Congress have been briefed by U.S. intelligence officials who informed the senators and their aides that Russia has engaged in a yearslong campaign to essentially frame Ukraine as responsible for Moscow’s own hacking of the 2016 election. This is not fake news. And yet these Republicans continue to cling to that false narrative in order to protect Trump and to deflect the charges that will likely lead to his impeachment. They are unabashedly promoting fake views to the American people.

Do these Republicans in Congress actually believe what they are saying in public? I can’t understand how, for the good of the nation, they continue to wage war on the truth and the facts. Are they hoping that, with the passage of time between now and the elections next November, the American public will either ignore or forget Trump’s abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and his attempts, for his own personal and political benefit, to extort the newly elected president of Ukraine?

Or maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m the fool who is trying to chase after some oasis of truth in the middle of this barren political desert only to find that it’s merely a mirage.

I guess time will tell.


Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (staunch), Daily Addictions (number, chase), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (wage), Ragtag Daily Prompt (passage), and Word of the Day Challenge (oasis).

Talk About Fake News

740DE7BB-1519-4B9C-91C6-0FB57F6B4A69Donald Trump tweeted a photo showing him allegedly putting a medal around the neck of the “hero dog” that participated in the raid that ended up in the death of ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The reality, though, is that the photo didn’t really happen. Someone photoshopped a picture of the hero dog over an Associated Press photo of 2017 Medal of Honor recipient James McCloughan.155D33C6-1612-480B-A824-C872149925DCIn fact, the hero dog has never been to the White House and is back on duty despite being injured by an electric cable during an explosion at the raid, according to U.S. Central Command.

And, by the way, this was not the first instance of photoshopping of official White House photos. Here’s one that photoshopped Trump’s former National Security Advisor John Bolton out of a photograph, replacing him with Attorney General William Barr.6C1003F6-A4CD-4AE3-99CD-BD9EC58EA958Well, as Trump once said, “Don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news. … What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”

Perks of the Job

4990BB1A-637F-4D17-A671-19E965FDB437“You mystify me,” she said to her boss, a perplexed look on her face. “You asked me to scout around to find the most luxurious accommodations possible for a cruise through the Northwest Passage from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Nome, Alaska. I was going round and round with all of cruise lines in search of the best deals.”

“Yes, I appreciate your efforts,” he said, “but sometimes plans change.”

“I understand that, sir,” she said. “The issue is that I made the reservations for the dates you gave me, but if you want to switch the dates in order to combine your vacation with a business meeting, you’ll have to pay a huge penalty for making the changes you want.”

“Sally,” he said. “it’s not your money and by tacking that business meeting onto the end of my vacation, I can have the government and the gullible taxpayers pay for my entire vacation cruise.”

“But, sir, that’s unethical,” she said. “It may also be illegal.”

Sally, Sally, Sally,” he said. “Don’t you know by now that being in the Trump administration means that I can do whatever I want. And if anybody levies accusations of unethical or illegal behavior, Trump will simply call it fake news. So stop bitching and get it done, dammit.”


Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (mystify), Word of the Day Challenge (scout), Nova’s Daily Random Word (luxurious), Ragtag Daily Prompt (passage), Daily Addictions (round), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (switch), and The Daily Spur (combine).