President Donald Trump is being very sensitive about the crowd size at his inauguration, and his political opponents are wasting no time rubbing it in.
During the confirmation hearing for Rep. Mike Mulvaney (R-SC), President Trump’s pick for director of the Office of Management and Budget, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) held up a comparison photo that showed the two inaugurations of former President Barack Obama in 2009 and Trump in 2017.
Merkley then asked Mulvaney to comment on whether the crowd shown in the Obama inauguration was bigger than the crowd showed in the Trump inauguration.
Mulvaney conceded that, from the photos shown, it appeared that Obama had the bigger inauguration crowd size.
Merkley then went on to explain that there was a real point behind this apparent trolling of the president.
“The reason I’m raising this is because budgets often contain varied deceptions,” Merkley explained. “You and I talked in my office about the ‘magic asterisk.’ This is an example of something where the president’s team, on something very simple and straightforward, wants to embrace a fantasy rather than a reality.”
To reemphasize his point, Merkley then went on Twitter to implore Mulvaney to deliver actual budgets with real numbers — and not fantasy papers filled with “alternative facts.”
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) January 24, 2017
Watch Merkley grill Mulvaney in the Senate below.
Pro-Trump reporter John Solomon attacks Fiona Hill for debunking his Ukraine conspiracy theories
On Tuesday, National Security Council official Fiona Hill testified that the right-wing narrative Ukraine colluded with Democrats to interfere in the 2016 election — rather than Russia working to help Donald Trump — is a "fictional narrative" and a piece of propaganda promoted by Russia.
One person was enraged at this testimony — John Solomon, the notorious right-wing reporter who covered Ukraine's supposed interference in the 2016 election extensively. He fired off multiple angry tweets attacking Fiona Hill:
How dare Fiona Hill question my patriotism or suggest I was part of a Russian disinformation campaign without a single fact. My sources were all US officials or Ukrainian officials aligned against Russia. Her accusations must have made Joe McCarthy smile up from hell.
Democrats declare there’s enough evidence for a vote on impeaching Donald Trump: report
On Thursday, according to CNN House Democrats are announcing that they have enough evidence to move forward with the final vote to impeach President Donald Trump.
Breaking: Dems say enough evidence to move forward on impeachment. Vote likely by mid-December. They will not wait for courts to force additional witnesses - @Phil_Mattingly reporting.
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) November 21, 2019
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani accuses Mike Pompeo’s State Department of obstruction of justice
Keeping track of the Republican defenses of President Donald Trump got a little more difficult on Thursday when his private attorney appeared to throw his Secretary of State under the bus.
Rudy Giuliani suggested Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may have committed obstruction by refusing visas to three Ukrainians the former New York City mayor wants to testify about conspiracy theories.
"The embassy in Ukraine refuses to give visas for three witnesses, two present prosecutors and the former Prosecutor General, who have direct evidence of major Dem corruption in Ukraine in 2016," Giuliani argued.