Carr: Fake news follows prez to Puerto rico
Did President Trump yesterday visit any of the victims of the cholera epidemic he’s caused in Puerto Rico?
What, you didn’t hear about the cholera outbreak brought on by his terrible racist, sexist, incompetent, corrupt, blah-blah-blah handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Maria?
Probably did it on orders from Vladimir Putin.
Oh yeah, that cholera outbreak in Puerto Rico was big news on Saturday. The story was broken in a tweet by New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.
“Cholera. In a US territory. Among US citizens. In the 21st century. Heckuva job, Trumpie.”
Only one problem. It was very fake news. Six hours later, Krugman tweeted again.
“OK, cholera not confirmed. Conjunctivitis yes; lack of clean water (situation worsening, not improving). But not certain.”
The Times’ first fake-news tweet was retweeted 9,629 times. The correction got 263 retweets. In other words, mission accomplished!
By the way, Krugman once won the Nobel Prize. Who knew they had one for fake news?
But this is the way it is every day for the Trump administration. It’s like the movie “Groundhog Day,” with the same plot, day after day after day.
It starts with some fake news (Russians hack U.S. power grid, Comey to deny he told Trump he wasn’t under investigation, MLK bust removed from Oval Office, Obama didn’t wiretap Trump Tower, Russian dossier is totally believable, etc.).
The fake news is shot down, and Trump goes out to do a photo op, and all the same media fraudsters who were peddling the fake news now switch to critiquing Trump’s attempts to defend himself.
Yesterday, the cast and crew of “Groundhog Day, Part II” were shooting on location in Puerto Rico.
The plot, of course, remained the same. Donald Trump is a (fill in the blank, racist, sexist, homophobe, Russian stooge, incompetent, corrupt, etc.)
Everyone he is visiting is either 1) a photo-op dupe, 2) a corrupt crony or 3) a victim. Yesterday, the victims were the people he was throwing rolls of paper towels at. They appeared grateful, but the talking heads knew better.
How dare he! Did you notice, those rolls were white? Imperialist dog!
Then Trump’s script calls for him to tell a joke, and the alt-left media pretends he was serious, the better to gin up their fake outrage. Yesterday’s example: “I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack.”
At least once a day he must be tarred as the Ugly American. As Hillary Clinton said, “I’m not sure he knows that Puerto Ricans are American citizens.”
I think Trump does, which is more than you can say for the very fake news Washington Post, which last week ran this headline about Puerto Rico: “?‘Why can’t we get out of here?’ asks stranded American.”
This is another recurring theme in the movie. Whatever they say about Trump turns to be even more true of themselves, whether it’s being in bed with the Russians, committing voter fraud, violating Americans’ civil rights or just plain ignorance of Puerto Rico.
Today, more on-location filming, this time in Las Vegas. Different city, same plot. It’s “Groundhog Day” and the alt-left media will be serenading the president once more.
“I Got You Babe.”
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