Washington (CNN)It was on White House letterhead. It read like a string of President Donald Trump’s tweets.
And it was just as dishonest.
On Tuesday afternoon, Trump released a six-page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in which — employing his distinctive vocabulary and punctuation — he blasted Democrats’ push to impeach him, defended his dealings with Ukraine and touted his accomplishments in office.
Like much of his previous rhetoric about Ukraine and impeachment, much of the letter was false or misleading.
Trump repeated multiple false claims that have been debunked on numerous occasions. He also delivered some new claims that were false, misleading or lacking in context.
We’re not finished going through all of Trump’s claims in his letter, but here are some early fact checks.
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“If we get Strongman Trump or Infantile Trump, how would we protect our democratic institutions and norms? ‘Don’t be complacent,’ warns Timothy Naftali, a New York University historian who was the founding director of the Nixon presidential library. ‘Don’t assume the system is so strong that a bad president will be sent packing. We have someone now saying things that imply unconstitutional impulses. If he acts on those impulses, we’re going to be in the political struggle of our lifetimes.’ Meeting that challenge, I think, hinges on whether civil society can mobilize to contain and channel Trump. Fortunately, that’s happening already.”
Source: Containing Trump – The Atlantic
Whatever the trumped up reason they put forth, taking away this protection from brokers and advisors who wrongly, fraudulently recommend their own products or services to clients –regardless if it’s the best for the client, or their financial needs or situation.
“Trump’s directive puts consumer protections that were on the way for traditional and Roth IRAs, 401(k)s and some health savings accounts into question.
“At minimum, this means consumers must do their own due diligence before hiring financial advisors and brokers. That includes researching an advisor or brokerage firm before hiring them and choosing one that already acts as a fiduciary.”
“One research team found that “highly automated accounts” supporting President Trump — a category that includes both bots and cyborgs — out-tweeted those supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton by a ratio of 5 to 1 in the final days before the vote.”
This is sad failure of technology, and Twitter, and social media, that corrupts democracy.
Daniel John Sobieski is among those who adeptly use “bots” and “cyborgs” to amplify their tweets.