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The worst part of the trump term in office is the unrelenting attack on the truth. He has set us up to ignore source material, allowing us to think for ourselves, and instead we should accept the world as he describes it. We are not to believe what we see and what we read, but what he tells us is real. Of all the damage he has done, this is the most pernicious.

At a Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday, President Trump told veterans and guests that they shouldn't believe what they're reading about his administration or seeing on the news.

"Just remember, what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what's happening," Trump said. "Just stick with us, don't believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news."


News and media are always "fake" and we never hear one without the other. It has worked and become a global touchstone for administrations who need to create their own "alternative" facts. That comes courtesy of Kellyanne Conway and it is what we live by. It is tedious to dig up source material running hundreds to thousand of pages and so much easier to just be told what's real by whoever you decide to listen to. Information takes work and it's less painful to go to rally and cheer and chant.

Which brings me to the Hershey rally and the nearly 10 minuter rant by trump against the hive of scum and villainy aka the DoJ and especially the FBI.

Here are some exact quotes from his speech:

These folks, they spied on our campaign, OK, they spied. Never happened before in the history of our country and we're really wise to it. We're wise to it. The inspector general found that the FBI-spying application contains 17 errors and omissions commonly known as lies and deceit. When the FBI -- and you have great people in the FBI, but not in leadership.

And the FBI also sent multiple undercover human spies to surveil and record people associated with our campaign.

Look how they've hurt people, they've destroyed the lives of people that were great people, that are still great people. Their lives have been destroyed by scum, OK, by scum.

I look forward to Bill Durham's report, that's the one I look forward to. And this report was great, by the IG, especially since he was appointed by President Barack Hussein Obama

If you wanted to know what the IG actually found regarding confidential human sources [CHS] and undercover employees[UCEs] you would have to go to the Justice government website and download the actual report of 430+ pages. Why bother? trump tells us what we need to know. Unfortunately it is in direct opposition to the findings by the IG. Then we are left with a dilemma--who's lying? Unfortunately, because we have been bathed in deep state conspiracy theories and fake news for 3 years, at least 43% of us will probably never even ask the question. It's the way democracies die and the myth of MAGA is an alternative fact trump successfully wields to hasten the dissolution of democracy. We were not "ungreat" before he took over. We are now.

From the Horowitz Report:

Absence of FBI CHSs Inside the Trump Campaign

All of the witnesses we interviewed told the OIG that the FBI did not try to recruit members of the Trump campaign as CHSs, did not send CHSs to collect information in Trump campaign headquarters or Trump campaign spaces, and did not ask CHSs to join the Trump campaign or otherwise attend campaign related events as part of the investigation. Using the methodology described above, we found no information indicating otherwise.

Priestap told the OIG he knew of no effort by the FBI to infiltrate the Trump campaign. He said the investigation was about a foreign adversary trying to mess with our free and fair election system. We wanted to know if any U.S. persons assisted in any way. In no way was it an investigation into...the political process.... [I]t's not the FBI's role in any way to try to monitor or...investigate campaigns.

Priestap added that the FBI wasn't after policy and plans.

We were after some specific information about possible collusion with the Russians.... We never tried to develop somebody and insert them into the campaign. I'm actually pretty darn confident we could have been able to do that...if that was the objective. The FBI is pretty good at developing sources and inserting them into situations to advance our investigations. I know of no conversation in which that was a plan on the part of the FBI's.

McCabe told the OIG that he was never involved in any discussions about placing an FBI CHS into the Trump campaign to further the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, or for any other purpose.

Former Director James Comey told the OIG that, if there had been an effort to place a CHS within the Trump campaign, he would have expected to have been notified of that. He also said he had no knowledge of any FBI CHSs that had been asked by the FBI to join the Trump campaign in any capacity, and no information that would support an allegation that the FBI had been spying on the Trump campaign.

In our review, we did not find any evidence that the FBI used CHSs or UCEs to interact with members of the Trump campaign prior to the opening of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. All of the members of the Crossfire Hurricane team told the OIG that no investigative steps of any type were taken prior to receipt of the predicating information for the Crossfire Hurricane investigation on July 28, 2016, and we found no evidence to the contrary.

We also investigated an allegation, raised by Papadopoulos, that the FBI used Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese citizen who was living in London and serving as a university professor, to pass information to Papadopoulos in April 2016 as a set up, so that the FBI could predicate the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.

Papadopoulos raised this possibility during his October 25, 2018 testimony before the House Judiciary Committee and House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, by stating that Mifsud might have been "working with the FBI and this was some sort of operation" to entrap Papadopoulos. The FBI's Delta files contain no evidence that Mifsud has ever acted as an FBI CHS,463 and none of the witnesses we interviewed or documents we reviewed had any information to support such an allegation.

There was no "spying" on the trump campaign to use as a predicate for Crossfire Hurricane. Thanks to Wm Barr, we are still being told there were "spies"' He has reiterated that over and over and will not back off. trump tells rally crowds there were spies. Rightwing media tells us there were spies. The FBI are scum and the DoJ is part of a deep state conspiracy to steal the 2016 election from him.

Who do you believe?
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