How many protesters were in attendance at Republican congresswoman Michelle Bachmann’s tea party healthcare protest?
“I climbed the Capitol steps just before the event started so that I could get a good view of the whole crowd,” the Washington Post’s onetime White House reporter and columnist Dana Milbank wrote Friday. “I divided it into sections and counted. That’s where I came up with 5,000. It’s possible more came after I did my count, but nothing near 10,000.”
A few dozen Republican House members attended, aimed at stirring up a crowd against Democrats’ healthcare reform bill. Fox News’ Sean Hannity interviewed Bachmann following the event.
“20,000+ people showed up,” Hannity said. “Were you as surprised as I was?”
Bachmann smiled and replied.
After showing the clip, Stewart said: “Anywhere between 20 and 40,000 people. Or, as the Washington Post put it, 10,000.”
Stewart then showed two clips Fox News employed to underscore the size of the event. He pointed out that the clips appeared to have been from two entirely different protests.
“I’m sorry, can we get back again,” Stewart remarked. “That was weird. Because when that clip started, it was a clear fall day in Washington, D.C. Not a cloud in the sky, the leaves have changed.
“All of a sudden, the trees turn green again, and it’s cloudy, and it looks like thousands and thousands of more people arrived,” he continued. “If I didn’t know any better, I would think they just put two different days together and acted like they didn’t.”
The bogus footage, Stewart found, actually came from a Sept. 12 protest two months ago, and was used on Fox News’ Glenn Beck program two months ago.
This video is from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, broadcast Nov. 10, 2009.
Giuliani henchmen caught on tape doing statewide tour for Indiana Republicans during 2018 election
New images of Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman with prominent Republicans emerged on Wednesday.
"Two associates of Rudy Giuliani who are accused of illegally funneling foreign money into U.S. campaigns attended an Indiana Republican event promoting U.S. Sen. Mike Braun and others just days before the 2018 election," the Indy Star reports.
"The reason remains a mystery," the newspaper noted.
House Homeland Security chairman directs sergeant at arms to ‘take action’ against Republicans who raided SCIF
On Wednesday, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) sent a letter to the Congressional sergeant at arms, Paul Irving, asking him to "take action" against the gang of House Republicans who invaded the classified information facility during an impeachment hearing.
"This unprecedented breach of security raises serious concerns for Committee Chairmen, including me, responsible for maintaining SCIFs," wrote Thompson. "As such, I am requesting you take action with respect to the Members involved in the breach. More broadly, I urge you to take House-wide action to remind all Members about the dangers of such reckless action and the potential national security risks of such behavior."
Trump bizarrely tells supporters he’s going to build a border wall in Colorado
On Wednesday, at the Shale Insight Conference in Pittsburgh, President Donald Trump once again touted his as-yet-nonexistent border wall. And he strangely claimed that it was getting built in Colorado — a state that is nowhere near the Mexican border.
"You know why we're going to win New Mexico? Because they want safety on our border. And they didn't have it," said Trump. "And we're building a wall on the border of New Mexico. And we're building a wall in Colorado. We're building a beautiful wall, a big one that really works — you can't get over, you can't get under. And we're building a wall in Texas. And we're not building a wall in Kansas, but they get the benefit of the walls that we just mentioned. And Louisiana's incredible."