Wednesday night racist U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) posted video to Twitter claiming it depicted men in Honduras paying women and children to join the caravan headed to “storm the US border.” He asked if the cash was coming from George Soros, a liberal funder who has become the Republicans’ all-time favorite target.
There is exactly zero proof the video showed what Gaetz claimed it did, or that it was even filmed in Honduras. He has offered no evidence. He has not revealed the video’s source, nor is there any evidence migrants making the caravan trip to the U.S. Southern border are being paid to do so by George Soros, or Democrats, or anyone else.
In fact, conspiracy theorist researcher Travis View, whose work has been published in The Washington Post, tweets about where the video was filmed. He credits Twitter user PragmaticProgressive for figuring it out.
It wasn’t Honduras at all, so Gaetz is just plain wrong – or lying.
Update: @pragmaticleft discovered where the video was filmed with Google Maps. The location is in fact outside this building in Chiquimula, Guatemala, not anywhere in Honduras, as Congressman Gaetz’s tweet falsely claimed.https://t.co/nu31QutUbX pic.twitter.com/WoyLdwjYEX
— Travis View (@travis_view) October 18, 2018
Any casual observer who is not told what Gaetz claims the video shows likely would not say, “Footage in Honduras giving cash 2 women & children 2 join the caravan & storm the US border @ election time,” which is what Gaetz tweeted.
The Florida GOP Congressman was rightly mocked, but the damage was done.
President Trump just reported the video – not crediting Gaetz for it, of course – and tweeting, “Can you believe this, and what Democrats are allowing to be done to our Country?”
Anyone unfamiliar with Gaetz’s tweet would be in the dark.
But that’s how racist dogwhistles work. It’s all an “inside joke,” and Trump’s racist supporters love to feel like they’re on the inside, that their president “gets them.” The joke is on them, however, because he does.
President Trump isn’t making any effort to unite America, as he repeatedly promised. He isn’t the “president for all of our citizens,” as he promised he would be. He is, in fact, doing everything he can to divide this nation. And it’s working.
In fact, this is, to my memory, the first time in American politics where a sitting president – and sitting elected lawmakers at the federal, state, and local level – are actively campaigning not against their political opponents, but against voters of the opposition party.
Here’s Trump’s tweet:
Can you believe this, and what Democrats are allowing to be done to our Country? pic.twitter.com/4aDpASkjIU
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2018
By the way, Mr. President, when are you going to reunite the hundreds (if not more) of migrant children you ripped from their parents’ arms?
Florida Republicans concoct a new scheme to make it harder for students to vote
Florida Republicans do not want to make voting easy for college students — a demographic that leans heavily Democratic.
Former GOP Secretary of State Ken Detzner, an appointee of Gov. Rick Scott, took that to the extreme in 2014, with an order banning county election officials from setting up any early voting sites on college campuses. Last year, following a lawsuit by the League of Women Voters, federal District Judge Mark Walker struck down that order as an unconstitutional burden on students' voting rights. As a result, some 60,000 people were able to vote early on 11 college campuses in Florida in 2018.
WATCH: Trump supporter arrested for smacking reporter’s phone outside Orlando rally
A Trump supporter was arrested during an altercation with a reporter and another man outside the president's Orlando campaign rally.
Video recorded by an Orlando Sentinel reporter shows a man wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat and another man outside the Amway Center, where President Donald Trump officially kicked off his 2020 campaign.
The two men appear to be arguing with one another, although the second man also appears to be angry about something that took place inside the arena, when the man wearing the Trump hat notices the reporter recording them with a phone.
The real threat to America isn’t Trump’s ‘deep state’ — it’s Trump’s corrupt state: Robert Reich
Trump has been ramping up his “Deep State” rhetoric again. He’s back to blaming a cabal of bureaucrats, FBI and CIA agents, Democrats, and “enemies of the people” in the mainstream media, for conspiring to remove him from office in order to allow the denizens of foreign shi*tholes to overrun America.
But with each passing day it’s becoming clearer that the real threat to America isn’t Trump’s Deep State. It’s Trump’s Corrupt State.
Not since Warren G. Harding’s sordid administration have as many grifters, crooks and cronies occupied high positions in Washington.