Some of the many Lies of Donald Trump by Robert Reich

Robert Reich put together a great list of the Lies that Trump has told and are now showing up by Trump’s agenda. What he said he was for and why a lot of his base voted for him, he’s reneging on now.

Here’s the list:

For Donald J. Trump supporters:

1. He called Hillary Clinton a crook.
You bought it.
Then he paid $25 million to settle a fraud lawsuit.

2. He said he’d release his tax returns, eventually.
You bought it.
He hasn’t, and says he never will.

3. He said he’d divest himself from his financial empire, to avoid any conflicts of interest.
You bought it.
He is still heavily involved in his businesses, manipulates the stock market on a daily basis, and has more conflicts of interest than can even be counted.

4. He said Clinton was in the pockets of Goldman Sachs, and would do whatever they said.
You bought it.
He then proceeded to put half a dozen Goldman Sachs executives in positions of power in his administration.

5. He said he’d surround himself with all the best and smartest people.
You bought it.
He nominated theocratic loon Mike Pence for Vice President. A white supremacist named Steve Bannon is his most trusted confidant. Dr. Ben Carson, the world’s greatest idiot savant brain surgeon, is in charge of HUD. Russian quisling Rex Tillerson is Secretary of State.

6. He said he’d be his own man, beholden to no one.
You bought it.
He then appointed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, whose only “qualifications” were the massive amounts of cash she donated to his campaign.

7. He said he would “drain the swamp” of Washington insiders.
You bought it.
He then admitted that was just a corny slogan he said to fire up the rubes during the rallies, and that he didn’t mean it.

8. He said he knew more about strategy and terrorism than the Generals did.
You bought it.
He promptly gave the green light to a disastrous raid in Yemen- even though all his Generals said it would be a terrible idea. This raid resulted in the deaths of a Navy SEAL, an 8-year old American girl, and numerous civilians. The actual target of the raid escaped, and no useful intel was gained.

9. He said Hillary Clinton couldn’t be counted on in times of crisis.
You bought it.
He didn’t even bother overseeing that raid in Yemen; and instead spent the time hate-tweeting the New York Times, and sleeping.

10. He called CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times “fake news” and said they were his enemy.
You bought it.
He now gets all his information from Breitbart, Gateway Pundit, and InfoWars.

11. He called Barack Obama “the vacationer-in-Chief” and accused him of playing more rounds of golf than Tiger Woods. He promised to never be the kind of president who took cushy vacations on the taxpayer’s dime, not when there was so much important work to be done.
You bought it.
He took his first vacation after 11 days in office.
On the taxpayer’s dime.
And went golfing.

And that’s just the first month.
by Robert Reich

If you have any more lies Trump has told, use the comment box below.

877 thoughts on “Some of the many Lies of Donald Trump by Robert Reich”

  1. ‘You bought it…’

    I wouldn’t buy a stick of gum from Trump… or from Hillary, for that matter…

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  2. Paul Lander‏ @paul_lander

    Tillerson’s State Department ordered NYC to hide Churkin’s cause of death. Leaked source
    Seems He died of Russian natural causes… murder

    CNN Politics‏Verified account @CNNPolitics 41m41 minutes ago

    The Trump administration dismisses 46 US attorneys http://cnn.it/2n8rveU

    [Trump Abruptly Orders 46 Obama-Era Prosecutors to Resign https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/us/politics/us-attorney-justice-department-trump.html ]

    NBC Nightly News‏Verified account @NBCNightlyNews 7s7 seconds ago

    JUST IN: UN humanitarian affairs official: 20,000,000+ people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Kenya face starvation and famine

    Greg Palast‏ @Greg_Palast Neera Tanden‏Verified account @neeratanden

    I am still floored by the news that Paul Ryan does not seem to understand the concept of insurance.
    Absolutely floored.

    Today, over a million #CAPrimary ballots remain uncounted. https://www.facebook.com/TheYoungTurks/videos/vb.210277954204/10154448642814205/?type=2&theater … #BernieSanders

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  3. Daylight saving time 2017 in Illinois will begin at 2:00 AM on
    Sunday, March 12
    and ends at 2:00 AM on
    Sunday, November 5
    All times are in Central Time.

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  4. Dem uses new tactic to get Trump’s tax returns

    Democrats are trying a new tactic in their campaign to get their hands on President Trump’s tax returns.

    Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) on Friday introduced a “resolution of inquiry” directing Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to provide the House with copies of 10 years of Trump’s tax returns, as well as any information the department has on Trump’s debt held by foreign governments and companies, investments in foreign countries and businesses, and use of tax-avoidance maneuvers.

    Under House rules, resolutions of inquiry can be brought to the House floor if they are not considered in committee within 14 legislative days.

    Trump is the first president in decades to not make his tax returns public. He has said he won’t release his tax returns while he is under audit by the IRS, though the IRS has said that nothing prevents people from releasing their own tax information.
    [more]

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  5. WATCH: Ex-CIA Director Exposes ‘Very Dark’ Fact About Trump. Video is Horrifying.

    Donald Trump has falsely alleged that Obama wiretapped him, but former CIA Director Michael Hayden is calling this accusation UTTER nonsense. Worse yet, Hayden is saying there’s a “very dark” truth behind Trump’s latest fake scandal.

    Hayden just went on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show to clear the record regarding Trump’s baseless wiretapping accusations against Obama. That’s right, America’s former CIA Director called out Trump for being a LIAR.

    “If you take literally what the president tweeted, the plumbing just doesn’t work that way,” Hayden said. “It could not have happened the way the president said it.”

    [more]

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  6. Keith Olbermann Fan Page
    9 hrs ·

    Source: Hugh Hewitt Show

    This was Paul Ryan on the Hugh Hewitt show bragging about the cuts to medicaid. Similar to how he bragged about what he did to the USPS. He tried to suffocate the USPS in the hopes he could squeeze them out of business to help strengthen UPS. Please read the joy that I am going to quote from Ryan’s own mouth about killing Medicaid. And that it will be a slow bleed so the people won’t pick up on it right away so conservatives won’t be blamed.

    “We’re talking about hundreds of billions a year throughout the country. This is so much bigger by orders of magnitude than welfare reform because, let me just describe exactly what this bill does FOR conservatives. This is why I’m so excited about it and this is why I think people need to see the forest for the trees. We are “de-federalizing” an entitlement. BLOCK granting it back to the states and CAPPING its growth rate. That’s NEVER been done before.”

    This man is a sadist. He is willing and listen to the joy he espouses about how good this is FOR conservatives. This PUNK doesn’t care if he gets reelected. This to him is a badge of honor. And he wants to wear it. And he doesn’t care how many will die, how many children will suffer and also die, how many seniors that voted for the bastard will die. he wants that badge. PERIOD!

    FAST FORWARD TO 6:26

    Speaker Paul Ryan Responds to Critics of GOP Health Care Bill (AHCA)
    Hugh Hewitt interview with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Ryan responds to critics and lays out his…

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  7. Don’t You Just Love It When…

    …you see Statist Liberal assholes bash whistle-blowers and transparency activists in the same breath they decry totalitarianism on the Right…?

    If your freedom is confiscated, it will be by the apparatus YOU built…

    …and once again, the chorus from the looney left ‘Purity Patrol’, who were shouted down as any combination of paranoid-conspiracy theorist- racist-sexist-homophobes for daring to speak out against it WHILE IT WAS BEING BUILT, rings out in unison… WE TOLD YOU SO… you fucking morons…

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  8. Crank You might be interested in this article. They live in Missouri

    KKK Wife Malissa Ancona Hoarded Cats, Popped Pills and, Police Say, Murdered the Local Imperial Wizard

    Frank Ancona, the imperial wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, smelled like cat piss. The stench clung to the 51-year-old’s…
    riverfronttimes.com

    A snip…

    Frank Ancona, the imperial wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, smelled like cat piss.

    The stench clung to the 51-year-old’s graying hair and mustache. It seeped into the fabric of his clothes and hung on him like a blanket. He was unhappy about it, but he did not seem to know what to do. He lived in a small, beat-looking house in the rural southeast Missouri town of Leadwood. The windows of the front porch had been pulled out and the wood frames wrapped in chicken wire — a project his wife had undertaken one evening after he headed off to his job as an overnight courier for a St. Louis-based shipping company.
    [more]

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  9. Bush ethics lawyer on Trump-Russia ties: ‘KGB agents running around the West Wing’

    Richard Painter, President George W. Bush’s former ethics lawyer, said late Friday he has major concerns over the Trump administration’s ties to Russia.

    In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, Painter spoke about reports that former national security advisor Flynn was working for foreign agents while also working for the American government.

    “It makes no sense to run a government this way,” Painter said. “This is a completely chaotic situation, and then Gen. Flynn lied about his contacts with the Russians, lied to the vice president, and we’ve had the attorney general in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee say he did not contact the Russians when he had contacts with the Russians.” [more]

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  10. 3/10/17
    Donald Trump is now living in fear
    As Donald Trump avoids questions about his wild claim that Pres. Obama illegally wiretapped him, his spokesman Sean Spicer laughed about Trump’s reversal on another important issue. Lawrence O’Donnell discusses with Jonathan Alter, EJ Dionne, and Catherine Rampell.

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  11. Robert Reich
    1 hr ·

    The House Intelligence Committee will hold its first Russia-related hearing on March 20.

    But how can it be a fair inquiry when Republicans control it? The chairman of the committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), has been openly critical of the allegations that Trump’s associates were in contact with Russian operatives.

    The committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), says Democrats will object if they’re “walled off” from conducting a legitimate investigation in the future. Other Democrats say they won’t participate if it’s not legitimate. “If it’s not a legitimate and comprehensive and in-depth investigation, why would we be party to it?” said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif).

    That’s not enough. The intelligence agencies report “continuous” contacts between Trump associates the Russian operatives during and after the election. 5 associates of Trump, 3 of them now in the White House or cabinet, have already lied or withheld information about such contacts. Why would they do so if they weren’t trying to hide something?

    If the public is going to trust the investigation, it can’t be run by House Republicans. It has to be a bipartisan select committee of Congress. We’ll probably need a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of it.

    What do you think?

    Dems threaten to pull support if Russia probe not ‘legitimate’

    “[W]e will walk away if the moment requires.”
    thehill.com

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  12. Robert Reich
    5 hrs ·

    Even if Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York and an aggressive prosecutor of corruption, can’t pursue a case against Trump for conflicts of interest – because Trump just fired Bharara — the case ought to be pursued by the New York state attorney general, Eric Schneiderman. The Trump Organization is based in New York. It could also be pursued by other state attorneys general where Trump does business.

    Businesses owned by Trump are making a mint from the governments of other countries and not even notifying lawmakers. As Trump’s son Eric put it yesterday, “I think our brand is the hottest it has ever been.”

    Unconstitutional conflicts of interest are breaking out all over:

    1. Foreign diplomats are flocking to Trump’s Washington hotel, down the street from the White House, to spend money and curry favor with the administration.

    2. Trump continues to rent space in Trump Tower to a Chinese government-owned bank and an agency of Abu Dhabi.

    3. Regulators in China, a market that Trump has long sought to break into, just gave his business 38 valuable trademarks in a process that was unusually speedy for a trademark application, after Trump toned down his harsh talk toward Beijing.

    4. Trump’s travel ban did not affect any of the predominantly Muslim countries where he has business interests.

    5. Trump recently directed the Environmental Protection Agency to roll back regulations intended to protect drinking water supplies from pollution and runoff — a move that will benefit his numerous golf courses.

    6. The New Yorker just reported that Trump licensed his name to a hotel and residential tower being developed by a political family in Azerbaijan that has close ties to an Iranian group linked to that country’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

    Trump says he has addressed the problem of conflicts of interest by handing control of his companies to his sons. Rubbish. Trump still owns his businesses and his family is hardly independent of him.Trump must sell his businesses and put the proceeds in a blind trust overseen by independent managers.

    At the very least, litigation could force him to provide more information about his businesses and finances, including his tax returns.

    Eric Schneiderman, over to you (or to any other courageous state attorneys general). America needs you.

    What do you think?

    Sue While the Conflicts Are Hot

    It may be up to the public to press Trump’s White House on his myriad conflicts of interest.
    nytimes.com

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  13. This Level of Corruption Is Unprecedented in the Modern History of the Presidency

    And it’s threatening our democracy.

    By Charles P. Pierce – Mar 12, 2017

    The important part about dealing with epidemics is to deal with them early. Just like the fire department would really rather come into a building when there was smoke coming out of one window instead of when there are flames coming out of every window, because it’s a lot easier to control the fire early on, it’s much easier to control an epidemic early on.

    —Dr. Don Francis, AIDS researcher, 2006.

    It’s almost as though the entire bureaucratic immune system of the government is reacting to an invading virus. The worst thing any of us can do is assume that the ascent of El Caudillo del Mar-A-Lago was not the sui generis event that it clearly was, and that he, himself, is not the sui generis occupant of the White House that he clearly is, and that he has not surrounded himself with dubious quacks and hacks that are sui generis in their approach to government as they clearly are.

    There is a level of intellectual—and, perhaps, literal—corruption that is unprecedented in the modern history of the presidency and that is a genuine and unique threat to democratic institutions that are the objects of destructive contempt. The man ran on chaos. He won on chaos. And now he’s governing on chaos. The checks and balances and safety valves of the Constitution—the things that, well, constitute—the immune system of this self-governing republic are facing a threat that is as different as it is lethal.

    The man ran on chaos. He won on chaos. And now he’s governing on chaos.

    [more]

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  14. Rachel Maddow Just Gave Trump The Perfect Label

    Matt McDermott ✔ @mattmfm

    Democrats would be wise to echo argument Maddow makes here. It’s incredibly effective, and conveniently truthful.
    8:04 AM – 12 Mar 2017

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  15. BREAKING: Steve Bannon Under Criminal Investigation

    Trump advisor Steve Bannon has helped bring white supremacy to the White House by influencing Donald Trump to criminalize undocumented immigrants, but now it’s looking like Bannon’s the REAL criminal. That’s because Bannon is currently under investigation for VOTER FRAUD in Florida.

    You probably know Bannon as the “bulldog” that Trump sends out to shamelessly attack the media. What you probably didn’t know, though, is that Bannon has a seriously sketchy past and it’s getting him into trouble now.

    According to the Miami-Dade County state attorney’s office, there is an “active criminal investigation” against Darth Bannon. The investigation is considering why Bannon was registered to vote in Florida even when he was ACTUALLY living between D.C., New York, and Southern California.

    This is bad news for Bannon, too. If he’s found guilty of falsely registering, then under Florida state law he’ll be facing a third degree felony that could bring a punishment of up to five years in prison.

    The Washington Post just broke this story, and thank God they did. In Bannon, there’s never been such a brazen racist in the White House, so we’d all honestly CHEER if he gets put behind bars.
    [more]

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  16. Rachel Maddow Exposes Pence’s Law Against Gay Marriages, 18 Months in Prison & $10,000 Fine

    I’ve heard a lot of people talk about the desire for Trump to be impeached early on in his presidency, but it’s becoming clearer by the day that Mike Pence as President would likely be far worse for America, especially in regard to the rights of LGBTQ community.

    As Rachel Maddow reminded viewers, you just have to look at Pence’s record on gay rights as Governor of Indiana to see the evil anti-gay campaign he is likely to launch on the US.

    In 2013, Pence signed into Indiana law a bill that makes it a felony to lie on a marriage license. Seems relatively harmless, right? Well, except this is what an Indiana marriage license looks like, courtesy of MSNBC:

    In case that’s too small for you to read clearly, we’ll help you out: There is a place for ONE male applicant and ONE female applicant to check boxes, meaning for a gay couple, one of them would have to lie.

    That’s pretty sneaky, Indiana. Especially given the fact that lying on a marriage application is a level 6 felony punishable by up to 18 month and prison and a fine of up to $10,000. [more]

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  17. @toniD:

    Hahaha… Those Hilbots need to make up their minds… Clintonites like Joy Reid were calling Bernie a ‘Putinite’ even during the Primary… now he’s a ‘victim’ too…?

    This article is propaganda devised to blame Russia for everything that went wrong during the election and allow a Clinton reset and comeback… which is sheer stupidity… The DNC will do anything but accept the idea that “The Left” didn’t vote for Clinton because she, and her neoliberal policies, suck… period… They can go ahead and back her again for 2020 and watch what happens… If she runs again, she will lose… again.

    The only good thing that might come out of the DNC staying on this tack is, maybe, just maybe, Bernie will finally accept trying to reform the Dems is futile, and he will break off and run as an indy or form another party…

    and, seriously, this ‘Russia’ thing is pure distraction… and it’s getting old… I understand “ginning it up” and using it to push Trump out, but the people who are really falling for it, and actually buy into the idiocy that ‘Russia is controlling our government’ just aren’t very bright… and in the end the MSM will use this hysteria to talk those people into taking us into war…

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  18. Take Your ‘Purity Patrol’ Garbage….

    …and cram it up your war-mongering neoliberal ass…

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  19. Stop Helping Me…

    I got this mailer today… and I threw up in my mouth a little…

    I guess that Senator Warner is expecting me to believe his vote against Bernie’s drug import bill was to protect me from Canadian Pharmacists poisoning me with ethylene glycol… funny, since that motherfucker doesn’t give one droplet of shit about Monsanto poisoning me with glyphosate…

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  20. March 14 is Kate Anne’s Birthday.

    Happy Birthday Kate Anne. Sorry about the snow storm. Maybe you can celebrate this weekend. Between the two Saints Days St. Patricks Day 17 March, Saint Toni’s day 🙂 on the 18th of March and Saint Joseph’s day on the 19th of March and the Start of Spring on the 20th of March. Hell, we can celebrate them all!!

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  21. Julie Vanderbeck shared a link to the group: Impeach Trump Now!
    1 hr ·

    This is a good read…..
    “It is a tragedy that so much of the work that so many men and women toiled at for so long to make this a better country, and a better world, has been thrown away, leaving us all in such needless peril. To fall to this place, with this hollow man assuming the leadership of the world’s greatest republic, may be in itself a refutation of the greater liberal hope that sustained human progress is possible and will prevail. But all that remains for us is to regroup, to salvage what we might, and to begin again where we can.”

    Why Blue States Should Exit Red America
    A declaration of independence from Trump’s America.
    newrepublic.com

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  22. Federal Court Rules Texas Gerrymandering Unconstitutional

    The court found that Republicans drew discriminatory district lines. That’s very bad news for Paul Ryan.

    By John Nichols | March 13, 2017

    House Speaker Paul Ryan was always going to produce a bad plan for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Ryan takes his orders from Wall Street, not Main Street, so it came as little surprise that the speaker’s proposal would harm working families and America’s most vulnerable communities, while handing benefits to wealthy individuals and multinational corporations.

    But what Ryan came up with is actually worse than anticipated.

    There is a good explanation for why Ryan’s crony-capitalist scheme is so dramatically delinked from the realities of the health care debate and from the needs of the American people. Paul Ryan thinks he can get away with anything.

    That may seem weird, as the Wisconsinite leads a House Republican Caucus that lacks majority support. Last November, just 49 percent of voters nationwide backed Republicans for House seats, while 48 percent backed Democrats and the remainder supported independent and third-party contenders. (In 2012, Democrats actually won 1.4 million more votes in House races across the country, yet Republicans retained control of the chamber.)

    The key to understanding Ryan’s thinking with regard to health care and every other issue is recognition that the speaker’s authority is not built on popular support. It is built on gerrymandering. Republicans, who gained overwhelming control of statehouses after the wave election of 2010, drew congressional maps across the country that underrepresented Democrats and over-represented the Grand Old Party.
    {more]

    [snip]

    On Friday, the US District Court for the Western District of Texas held that key Texas congressional districts were drawn in a way that undermines minority representation. The three-judge panel that ruled on the case determined that the district lines violate both the Voting Rights Act and the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution. “Texas Republicans illegally diluted the voices of Hispanic voters, and this ruling is an important step toward giving all Texans fair representation,” explained Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Jessica Post, after reviewing the decision. “The Texas congressional map engineered by Republican legislators diminished the voices of specific groups of voters just to protect GOP power. This court decision, along with recent rulings in Virginia, Alabama and Wisconsin, mark important progress in the fight to protect and enfranchise all voters and are blows against the artificial Republican majorities the GOP created at minority voters’ expense.”

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  23. Insurance Companies Just Accidentally Made The Case For Medicare For All

    It’s all about the overhead and profit.

    America’s Health Insurance Plans, the trade group for commercial health insurance companies, published an infographic this month breaking down how the industry spends every dollar it receives in premiums.

    The group apparently crafted the visual aid to defend rising premiums its member companies are charging customers.

    But the chart also inadvertently helps explain why commercial health insurance is a bad deal.

    The graphic shows that about 80 percent of every premium dollar goes toward medical expenses ― prescription drugs, doctor visits, hospitalization and other services. Approximately 18 percent goes to administrative costs, and some 3 percent is profit. (The total is more than 100 percent because of rounding. America’s Health Insurance Plans explains how it gathered the figures for its infographic here.)
    [more]

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  24. Not feeling well today so not posting a lot.

    I am watching Rachel Maddow who has received a copy of Trump’s 2005 Taxes. They were anonymously given to David Cay Johnson, he said they were dumped over the transom.
    Trump made $152.7 million that year and only paid 24% in taxes.

    Maybe this is the news we were to hear.

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  25. Exclusive Look at Trump’s 2005 Tax Return
    MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and David Cay Johnston discuss how Johnston obtained the summary pages of President Donald Trump’s 2005 tax returns and what they say about the president’s tax burden. Maddow also reads a response from the White House. Duration: 10:56

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