CNN unearthed the many occasions President Donald Trump falsely claimed that he built the Vietnam War Memorial in New York City to demonstrate the inappropriate way he has treated the military.
The Washington Post revealed the brag to be a fraud in 1984, but Trump still used it in 2015 as an example for how he is better on helping the troops than Democrats. Trump got five draft deferments for the Vietnam War due to alleged bone spurs.
“You would hope the idea here is that people should be accurate about what they’re doing,” retired Col. Cedric Leighton told CNN’s Erin Burnett. “Whether they did something that you know, benefits charity, or you know, that benefits, in this case, President Trump. That’s great if you really did that, that’s fantastic. But the issue here is you have to be truthful and the key victim in this, I think is the truth.”
He went on to say that as an intelligence officer he was taught to be “operationally accurate,” which he described as an accuracy of 100 percent.
“This idea that facts don’t matter is something that is corrosive,” he continued. “Not only to our institutions, but to our very democracy itself and that is something that really has to change. Because we cannot function on hypocrisy.”
Trump’s racism is ‘disqualifying’ for him to remain as president: former White House lawyer
Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal explained on MSNBC on Thursday why he viewed President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four women of color in Congress as disqualifying.
Anchor Brian Williams read a quote from Susan Glasser of The New Yorker.
"Half of the country is appalled but not really sure how to combat him; the other half is cheering, or at least averting its gaze. This is what a political civil war looks like, with words, for now, as weapons," Glasser wrote.
Lawrence O’Donnell reports on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump
Anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump during Thursday evening's "The Last Word" on MSNBC.
"The House of Representatives conducted a symbolic vote on a hastily written impeachment resolution by Democratic Congressman Al Green in reaction to the president’s tweeted comments that the House of Representatives voted to condemn as racist," O'Donnell reported. "The impeachment resolution had nothing to do with the [Robert] Mueller investigation and referred only to the president being unfit for office because of the language that he has used recently about members of Congress and immigrants and asylum seekers."
Video proves how far the Trump’s GOP has gone from the era of Ronald Reagan and HW Bush
The immigration policies of Donald Trump’s presidency would have no room for his GOP predecessors Ronald Reagan or George H.W. Bush—who both embraced work visas, family unification, easy border crossings and a better relationship with Mexico.
That counterpoint can be seen in a very short video clip from the 1980 presidential election where Reagan and Bush—who became Reagan’s vice president for two terms before winning the presidency in 1988—were asked about immigration at a campaign debate in Texas. Their responses show just how far to the right the Republican Party’s current leader, President Trump, and voters who have not left the GOP to become self-described political independents, have moved on immigration.