‘In a Climate of Wildfire Misinformation, This Is Super Irresponsible’
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg‘s performance at Wednesday night’s Democratic debate was by most accounts at best terrible, but that didn’t stop the campaign from pushing out a fake, doctored, and highly-edited clip suggesting the other candidates on stage were silenced by a claim he made.
“I’m the only one here I think that’s ever started a business,” Bloomberg said during the debate, as this actual clip shows.
Here, I made the clip of what actually happened when Bloomberg asked who else had started a business. It was not 20 seconds of dumbfounded silence. pic.twitter.com/cpUAH5mkNJ
— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) February 20, 2020
But in the Bloomberg clip, his remarks are followed by 20 seconds of very uncomfortable presidential candidates being stunned into silence – including actual crickets chirping – by his attack.
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) February 20, 2020
The responses to Bloomberg’s fake video came quickly:
Going with deep fakes now are we?
— Pedro da Costa (@pdacosta) February 20, 2020
Apparently the latest business Bloomberg started: A company that takes footage from his disastrous live TV appearances and deceptively edits it to make him look good. #Propaganda https://t.co/eguHCUVcNj
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) February 20, 2020
This is a fake video, James O’Keefe style. It was stitched together with clips from elsewhere in the debate to produce a hoax version.
From a presidential campaign. https://t.co/cAxPwoDvtt
— Hunter (@HunterDK) February 20, 2020
Bloomberg’s team is tweeting doctored videos from last night’s debate. In a climate of wildfire misinformation, this is super irresponsible. https://t.co/JMkey0vCkb
— Ella Dawson (@brosandprose) February 20, 2020
1) This video is fake
2) The Trump presidency is a refutation of the idea that “starting a business” qualifies one to be president https://t.co/IfypCycibf
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 20, 2020
i dont recall this going like this. https://t.co/ndkcqY0Vut
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) February 20, 2020
this isn’t how this exchange happened https://t.co/7nHfcHqHNT
— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) February 20, 2020
Here we go again on the deceptive editing platform moderation argument https://t.co/joTGDz3OSw
— Quinta “Pro Quo” Jurecic (@qjurecic) February 20, 2020
Florida seniors are ‘highly susceptible’ to coronavirus — which could hurt Trump’s reelection chances
On Monday, The Washington Post examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on older voters' politics, and in particular how it is hurting President Donald Trump with the critical demographic in Florida — a state that is almost mandatory for the president to win for a second term.
"While Democrats have worried about Biden’s struggles to excite younger voters, older voters who are upset with the president are poised to be potentially more influential in November, especially in swing states whose populations skew their way, like Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin," reported Jenna Johnson and Lori Rozsa. "In Florida, more than 20 percent of those who voted in the 2016 election were over age 65, according to exit polls. In 2016, Trump won the Florida senior vote by a 17-point margin over Clinton, according to exit polls. The state ranks as one Trump must almost certainly win to insure his victory, while Biden has other paths to the White House."
Lawmakers discussing possibility that ‘freaked out’ Trump won’t accept election loss
President Donald Trump's increasing attacks on election integrity have raised new alarms about his efforts to delegitimize the results in November.
Just as he did in 2016, Trump has been flinging baseless accusations of "rigged" elections and has, as president, threatened to withhold funding from Michigan and Nevada for going ahead with plans to allow voting by mail during the coronavirus pandemic, reported Politico.
"He is planting the seeds for delegitimizing the election if he loses," said Vanita Gupta, a former head of Justice Department’s civil rights division under President Barack Obama. "It’s from the playbook. It’ll get more intense as he gets more freaked out."
‘Un-American’ anti-lockdown protesters hammered by Army veteran for appropriating military gear to make their point
In a Memorial Day column for the Washington Post, military vet Drew Garza -- who served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan among other deployments -- hammered anti-lockdown protesters who have appropriated a quasi-military style of dress while sometimes carrying "un-American" flags at lockdown rallies.
According to the U.S. Army vet who is now a Tillman scholar at George Washington University, protesters who adorn themselves in military-style garb while carrying high-powered weapons to protest stay-at-home orders designed to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic is a personal affront to those who have actually served.