President Donald Trump attacked former Vice President Joe Biden over the weekend, challenging his “mental fitness” for the presidency after typical gaffes Biden is known for.
As stand-in MSNBC host Chris Jansing noted, there is a considerable difference between Biden’s misstatements or language flubs, and Trump’s over 12,000 lies to the American people. The numbers are getting worse as well, she pointed out. Trump initially had an average of 13 lies each day, but as of April, that’s increased to an average of 20 lies per day.
“So, it’s getting worse,” Jansing said.
Democratic strategist Joel Payne unleashed on Trump, saying he’s hardly one to question Biden.
“One of the things I will not stand for is Donald Trump talking about anyone’s mental fitness to be president,” Payne said. “That is laughable. That should be rejected outright. I’m still trying to figure out what the word covfefe is. So, Donald Trump has no standing to question anyone’s mental fitness to be president.”
Reuters reporter Jeff Mason explained that Trump’s supporters either already know that he’s a liar or they are willing to conform to Trump’s preferred reality.
Biden once joked that the good news about his gaffes is that Americans can be confident that he’ll never lie to them.
“And when the president of the United States is the most prolific liar in American political history (he just passed 12,000 false or misleading claims) and is waging a reelection campaign based on racism and fear, the idea that ‘gaffes’ are an important campaign issue is particularly offensive,” Paul Waldman wrote in Monday’s Washington Post.
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Nagasaki marks 75 years since atomic bombing
The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Sunday commemorated the 75th anniversary of its destruction by a US atomic bomb, with its mayor and the head of the United Nations warning against a nuclear arms race.
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Survivors, their relatives and a handful of foreign dignitaries attended a remembrance ceremony in Nagasaki where they called for world peace.
Participants offered a silent prayer at 11:02 am (0202 GMT), the time the second and last nuclear weapon used in wartime was dropped over the city.
Lebanon information minister resigns over Beirut blast
Lebanon’s information minister Manal Abdel Samad on Sunday quit in the first government resignation since a deadly port blast killed more than 150 people and destroyed swathes of Beirut.
?After the enormous Beirut catastrophe, I announce my resignation from government,? she said in a statement carried by local media, apologising to the Lebanese public for failing them.
A number of MPs also submitted their resignations a day earlier due to the explosions.
On Saturday afternoon, thousands took to streets in downtown Beirut in anti-government protests that demand the overhaul of the political system, days after massive explosions.
Trump admitted on live TV he will ‘terminate’ Social Security and Medicare if reelected in November
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Announcing and then signing a series of legally dubious executive orders, including an effort to slash the emergency federal unemployment boost by $200 from the $600 previously implemented by Democrats, Trump touted his order for a payroll tax "holiday"—which experts noted would later have to be paid back—but said if he won in November that such a cut would become permanent.