‘Will harm every American’: Trump blasted for telling GOP it’s ‘unpatriotic’ to not block Dems on debt he created
The former President of the United States, still the leader of the GOP and supposed "kingmaker" to any Republican desperate for his endorsement, is doing his best to undermine the Democrats and President Joe Biden, and he's being criticized for it.
In one of his many press releases that still do not admit he is a former president, Trump on Wednesday said it would be "foolish and unpatriotic" of Republicans to not use the debt ceiling as a tool against the Democrats' agenda, as he urged what could be economic catastrophe for the United States, should it default on its credit obligations and the government shut down.
As many have noted, raising the debt ceiling is to pay for the trillions of dollars in spending Trump signed into law.
"Republicans have no choice but to do what they have to do," he claimed, implying he wants to see them carry out a scorched-earth policy.
Trump also falsely claimed Democrats are "trying to inflict...horror" upon America's future.
He then called Democrats' voting rights legislation that will protect and expand the franchise, "the end of our democracy."
If the debt ceiling is not raised, ultimately, the federal government would default on its bills. What does that mean?
"If the U.S. government cannot pay its bills, millions of Americans would be affected," CBS News reports today. "Social Security payments would not go out; U.S. troops and federal civilian employees would not be paid. Veterans could see compensation or pension payments lapse. And millions of Americans on food assistance would see benefits stop."
Democratic Rep. Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands is warning if the GOP follows Trump's demands it "will harm every American."
Republicans are trying a dine and dash of historic proportions. Trump added 8 trillion dollars to the national debt. If the GOP careens toward default as we heal from COVID—it will harm every American. We will work raise the debt ceiling and avoid irreparable economic harm.
— Rep. Stacey Plaskett (@StaceyPlaskett) September 22, 2021
Trump's press release:
Trump endorses Senate Republicans playing hardball on the debt ceiling, says it's the “only powerful tool" they have: “Republicans have no choice but to do what they have to do." pic.twitter.com/wUVn8SWEvP
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) September 22, 2021
Donald Trump's lies about mail-in voting have surfaced in Germany's unusually wide open general election to replace longtime chancellor Angela Merkel.
Three candidates -- Armin Laschet, from Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union, Olaf Scholz from the center-left Social Democrats and Annalena Baerbock of the Greens -- are locked in a tight race just days ahead of Sunday's election, but a prominent state-level leader of the ultra-right Alternative für Deutschland is repacking Trump's election lies to cast doubt on Germany's vote, reported The Daily Beast.
"Anyone who has an interest in fair elections and secret elections should go to their polling place," said Björn Höcke at a recent campaign event.
The Greens and SDP both advocate for postal voting, but Höcke claimed they're sanctioning voter fraud and passed along a dubious story about a Green supporter casting a vote on behalf of their grandmother -- and agreed that's how Trump lost his election.
"Stay alert, my friends," Höcke said. "This is about our democracy."
The party's influence on German politics remains minimal -- it's currently polling at about 11 percent, slightly lower than the 12.6 percent it drew in 2017 -- but extremism observers believe AfD is seizing on Trump-style election lies to appeal to voters distrustful of the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
"The underlying core of this narrative is that it's trying to destabilize the democratic process within Germany," said Nora Mathelemuse, an analyst at the London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue. "Because if the election doesn't properly work, then what is our democracy?"
Former supermodel Linda Evangelista says she has been permanently disfigured by a fat-reduction cosmetic procedure that backfired and caused her to look bloated and unrecognizable.
Evangelista, 56, said she underwent "CoolSculpting" five years ago and that it had the rare side effect of causing her fat cells to increase rather than decrease.
Evangelista, a 1990s modeling icon from Canada who starred on catwalks with colleagues like Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell, said in an Instagram post Wednesday that she was never warned of the procedure's risks and is now filing a lawsuit.
She said her current appearance -- the result of a condition called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia -- explained her absence from the public spotlight in recent years.
"To my followers who have wondered why I have not been working while my peers' careers have been thriving, the reason is that I was brutally disfigured by Zeltiq's CoolSculpting procedure which did the opposite of what it promised," Evangelista wrote.
"It increased, not decreased, my fat cells and left me permanently deformed even after undergoing two painful, unsuccessful, corrective surgeries. I have been left, as the media has described, 'unrecognizable,'" she added.
The cosmetic sculpting procedure is supposed to freeze and kill the cells in fat deposits so that the body can eliminate them.
Evangelista said the botched job has turned her into a depressed recluse ridden with self-loathing, her livelihood destroyed.
"I am moving forward to rid myself of my shame, and going public with my story," Evangelista wrote.
"I'm so tired of living this way. I would like to walk out my door with my head held high, despite not looking like myself any longer."
© 2021 AFP
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