Thursday, February 9, 2017

Does Trump Make People Lie in Order to Join His Administration? Jeff Sessions Thinks So.

Holy crap. At Jeff Sessions swearing-in (his swearing-in!) the new AG dissembled right out of the chute.

Welcome aboard, Jeff. Get ready to distort facts because that's what we do here.

At his swearing-in, Sessions included this in his remarks:
...We have a crime problem.  I wish the blip -- I wish the rise that we are seeing in crime in America today were some sort of aberration or a blip.  My best judgement, having been involved in criminal law enforcement for many years is that this is a dangerous, permanent trend that places the health and safety of the American people at risk.  We will deploy the talents and abilities of the Department of Justice in the most effective way possible to confront this rise in crime and to protect the people of our country.
Okay, emphasis mine. Points:
  • The dude can barely string a sentence together.
  • blip noun
     an unexpected, minor, and typically temporary deviation from a general trend.
  •  So, is it a blip or a permanent trend?
  • trend noun
     a general direction in which something is developing or changing.
  • So, a trend, by definition is not permanent, it's a direction that has come about through a change, which then can change.
So, what's real and what's not? The public -- probably due to numerous factors -- thinks crime is up, especially among conservatives:

And what's the truth?

So there we are. Despite public perception, especially among conservatives, violent crime has gone steadily down for years, except for a couple of minor "blips" that disturbed the downward "trend."

See how easy it is to use words correctly? Someone tell Sessions. Don't bother with Trump. Truth and meaning is too fluid with him. Let's go to the tape:

Trump's good, though. He got Sessions trained in his bullshit ways in record time:

(Couldn't stop the autoplay after the segment I chose. Just stop the video if you don't want to hear Trump run on about our horrible, horrible, double-horrible, crime-infested country.)

Remember: This is all based on the Richard Nixon model of a dangerous, dark, crime-ridden America that only he could save through his commitment to law and order. This is out-and-out fear-mongering of the worst kind. Don't fall for it.

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