We’re all tired of “Donald Trump tweeted more BS” stories, but the lie he dropped on Saturday is too much of a doozy to ignore.
“I never pushed the Republicans in the House to vote for the Immigration Bill, either GOODLATTE 1 or 2, because it could never have gotten enough Democrats as long as there is the 60 vote threshold,” Trump tweeted on Saturday afternoon.
Here. See it for yourself. His own words, from his own tweet.
I never pushed the Republicans in the House to vote for the Immigration Bill, either GOODLATTE 1 or 2, because it could never have gotten enough Democrats as long as there is the 60 vote threshold. I released many prior to the vote knowing we need more Republicans to win in Nov.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2018
For those who need a refresher: The immigration bills Trump refers to were penned by Bob Goodlatte, the Republican representative presiding over Virginia’s 6th Congressional District. Both bills were meant to provide a legislative fix for the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy.
Unfortunately, rather than addressing the singular problem of migrant families being torn apart, the two bills added in an assortment of other immigration-related policies. The first bill, viewed as the one loaded with more of a conservative, hard-line approach to immigration, was defeated on June 21 in a 193-to-231 vote.
The second bill, Goodlatte 2, was viewed as more of a compromise. It was still a conservative piece of legislation — Democrats weren’t included in the process — but it wasn’t as hard-line. Compromise or not, that second bill suffered an even greater defeat after a 121-to-301 vote last week.
Here’s how all of that ties back to today’s tweet.
Shortly before that second vote occurred — the day of, in fact — Trump weighed in on his favorite social media platform. His all-caps missive strongly, explicitly encouraged the GOP to “pass” Goodlatte 2 and send it along to the Senate (where it was expected to be defeated anyway due to the slim Republican majority there).
HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOULD PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL, KNOWN AS GOODLATTE II, IN THEIR AFTERNOON VOTE TODAY, EVEN THOUGH THE DEMS WON’T LET IT PASS IN THE SENATE. PASSAGE WILL SHOW THAT WE WANT STRONG BORDERS & SECURITY WHILE THE DEMS WANT OPEN BORDERS = CRIME. WIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2018
Now. I’m no English language expert — granted, it’s been the focus of my career for the past 15 years, whatever — but it seems to me that “HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOULD PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL” actually does count as Trump having “pushed the Republicans in the House to vote for the Immigration Bill.”
Right now, today, he’s claiming he didn’t do the thing. But if you scroll down in his feed to just three days ago, you can plainly see he actually did do the thing.
The current President of the United States is an unrepentant liar, and he doesn’t even try to hide it anymore. I’m going to repeat myself, and I don’t care: On Wednesday, he explicitly and emphatically encouraged Republicans to vote for Goodlatte 2. Now he’s claiming that never happened. WTF.
This may be small potatoes stuff when you look at the big picture of the travesties being visited upon the American public each day. But holy shit. Two diametrically opposed statements delivered just days apart. There’s no amount of spin that can be applied to the earlier tweet to make this new one anything other than a bald-faced lie.
As you might expect, folks on social media took notice.
Trump tweet on Wednesday: “HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOULD PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL, KNOWN AS GOODLATTE II, IN THEIR AFTERNOON VOTE TODAY, EVEN THOUGH THE DEMS WON’T LET IT PASS IN THE SENATE….” https://t.co/0xjdUyXkUp
— Ashley Killough (@KilloughCNN) June 30, 2018
I know nothing seems to matter sometimes but remember this tweet from THREE DAYS AGO IN ALL CAPS since Trump is saying he never pushed Republicans to vote for the Goodlatte bill that failed. https://t.co/VsFOP9VGSo
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) June 30, 2018
President Trump tweet from June 27th:
“HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOULD PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL, KNOWN AS GOODLATTE II, IN THEIR AFTERNOON VOTE TODAY…” https://t.co/I2P6OwGnMt
— Brian Ziller (@TheBriZi) June 30, 2018
Trump on 6/27: “HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOULD PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL, KNOWN AS GOODLATTE II”@RepMcCaul leaving the WH on 6/19: “The president is 1000% behind [the bill]”@RajShah45 6/15: POTUS “fully supports both the Goodlatte bill and the House leadership bill.” https://t.co/bO8vPEC9SS
— Alex Mallin (@alex_mallin) June 30, 2018
The man is a liar. Donald Trump is a liar. He lies. He lies all the time. Today’s tweet is a lie. It’s not the most offensive lie he’s uttered, though in the grand pantheon of memorable Donald Trump lies this particular lie is an insult to every voter in America, regardless of their political affiliation.
Say it over and over. Don’t forget it, don’t stop calling it out when you see it. Trump is not going to change, but the more that voters internalize moments like, the more likely it is that change will come when we all get our say this fall, and then again in 2020.