Fact check: Pelosi’s claim that Clinton was impeached for ‘something so far less’ than Sessions

Folks concerned about the possibility of Russia and 45’s campaign cooperating would be best served sticking to the facts of the case. There seems to be plenty of information available for investigators to follow and determine if any illegal activities occurred. Allegations with no facts will be swift and unending, so straying from provable facts will only provide fodder for an administration that is willing to say just about anything, at anytime, to anyone.

The details about Sessions’ interactions with Kislyak are still unfolding, and his explanations about his misleading answers to Franken and Leahy are murky. However, in the context of Franken’s question about members affiliated with the Trump campaign communicating with the Russian government, it is unclear whether Sessions was intentionally making a false statement.

 

Tom Perez’s claim about ‘eliminate overtime pay’ evaluated

Tom Perez, DNC chair and former labor secretary greatly exaggerated when he claimed that 45%’s administration wants to eliminate overtime pay. The day after his election for the DNC chair, Perez went on the Sunday talk shows and stated 45% “wants to eliminate overtime pay for people,” and nominated for labor secretary someone “who wants to gut overtime pay” to head the Labor Department.

False, misleading, and at a minimum an extreme exaggeration.

As FactCheck.org found, Perez’s wording was more careful in a subsequent NPR interview Feb. 28: “We implemented an overtime rule at the Department of Labor, and he’s seeking to roll that back.”

A White House spokesman said the administration supports overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is still considering whether to appeal the federal judge’s ruling: “The Fair Labor Standards Act provides all hourly and some salaried employees with overtime. The administration plans to faithfully enforce those requirements. However, a Federal judge ruled the Obama administration’s salaried overtime regulations exceeded DOL’s statutory authority; DOL is currently examining what steps to take next with regards to those enjoined regulations.”

Perez used slippery language to suggest that Trump wants to eliminate overtime for all workers. A DNC spokeswoman acknowledged that Perez meant to say “overtime rule” rather than just “overtime.” So Perez was speaking about an Obama administration regulation to expand mandatory overtime to about 4 million more workers that has been blocked after a federal judge questioned the legality of the Labor Department’s authority to enact such a rule. The rule has not gone into effect.

 

Perez’s statement offers a misleading view of Trump’s position on overtime. Trump’s administration has said he wants to roll back regulations — some of which would expand the number of those eligible for overtime — but that doesn’t translate to wanting to eliminate overtime completely. – PolitiFact

 

Viewers of NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Feb. 26 were left with the false impression from Perez that Trump wants to do away with federal overtime pay requirements altogether. And there is no evidence Trump wants to do that. – FactCheck.org

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Kellyanne, Which is it?

She Said

“Says He’s For The Little Guy But He’s Actually Built A Lot Of His Businesses On The Backs Of The Little Guy.”
— Conway about Trump

 

 
“Victims Of Trump University, Victims Of Trump In Atlantic City.” Conway praised anti-Trump messaging, saying it’s that “gotten better” because people are “starting to talk about victims of Trump University, victims of Trump in Atlantic City.”
— Conway about the victims of Trump’s businesses

“I would like to see those be transparent.”
–Conway on Trump’s failure to release his tax returns

“The Danger Of Just Saying Things That Aren’t True.”
— Conway rebuked Trump for lobbing “personal insults at somebody’s wife” as well as for his accusations that Cruz was “committing a felony and breaking a law,” adding that such a comment reveals “the danger of just saying things that aren’t true.” From the April 6 edition of CNN’s Erin Burnett Outfront:

Now She Says

“His entire campaign is built about the little guy being the victim, the forgotten man and forgotten woman being the victim of the rigged corrupt system,” she concluded. “Let’s keep the focus there. That’s who he’s fighting for. I know so many in the media like to just dismiss the crowd sizes. Let me tell you something, you go out on the road with Donald Trump, this election doesn’t feel over.”
— Conway about Trump

“Why don’t you believe him? Why isn’t it taken at face value? You can’t give him the benefit of the doubt on this and he’s telling you what was in his heart? You want to go with what’s come out of his mouth rather than what’s in his heart.”
Conway about Trump

Trump and the CIA

He Said

“These are the same people who said Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction.”
— Trump

From Twitter:

Before I, or anyone, saw the classified and/or highly confidential hacking intelligence report, it was leaked out to @NBCNews. So serious!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2017

 

Totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives, both Democrats and Republicans – FAKE NEWS! Russia says nothing exists. Probably…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2017

 

released by “Intelligence” even knowing there is no proof, and never will be. My people will have a full report on hacking within 90 days!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2017

 

The “Intelligence” briefing on so-called “Russian hacking” was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017

He Said

The dishonest media likes saying that I am in Agreement with Julian Assange – wrong. I simply state what he states, it is for the people….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2017

to make up their own minds as to the truth. The media lies to make it look like I am against “Intelligence” when in fact I am a big fan!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2017

During a speech at CIA headquarters, Trump tried to clear up his earlier comments saying
And the reason you’re my first stop is that, as you know, I have a running war with the media.  They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth.  (Laughter and applause.)  And they sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community.  And I just want to let you know, the reason you’re the number-one stop is exactly the opposite — exactly.
Unfortunately, he went on to say a lot more that left many in the audience feeling worse about the intelligence community’s relationship with the White House than before he opened his mouth. You can find a few excerpts below or read the entire disjointed transcript from CBS.

They Said

The CBS New headline says it all, ” Sources say Trump’s CIA visit made relations with intel community worse.”

An official said the visit “made relations with the intelligence community worse” and described the visit as “uncomfortable.”

“How?” you have to wonder. Well once you read the transcript, is easy to see why some described the visit as uncomfortable. Combine that with the cheering section brought by the White House to make it appear that the CIA workforce was cheering for the guy and there’s little doubt that he stepped it again.

 

And then he wouldn’t shut up

Trump “rallying” the troops at CIA headquarters:

Number one in his class at West Point.
Now, I know a lot about West Point.  I’m a person that very strongly believes in academics.  In fact, every time I say I had an uncle who was a great professor at MIT for 35 years who did a fantastic job in so many different ways, academically — was an academic genius — and then they say, is Donald Trump an intellectual?  Trust me, I’m like a smart persona.  (Laughter.)  And I recognized immediately.  So he was number one at West Point, and he was also essentially number one at Harvard Law School…
You know, when I was young and when I was — of course, I feel young.  I feel like I’m 30, 35, 39.  (Laughter.)  Somebody said, are you young?  I said, I think I’m young.  You know, I was stopping — when we were in the final month of that campaign, four stops, five stops, seven stops.  Speeches, speeches, in front of 25,000, 30,000 people, 15,000, 19,000 from stop to stop.  I feel young…
And the reason you’re my first stop is that, as you know, I have a running war with the media.  They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth.  (Laughter and applause.)  And they sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community.  And I just want to let you know, the reason you’re the number-one stop is exactly the opposite — exactly.  And they understand that, too…
And I was explaining about the numbers.  We did a thing yesterday at the speech.  Did everybody like the speech?  (Applause.)  I’ve been given good reviews.  But we had a massive field of people.  You saw them.  Packed.  I get up this morning, I turn on one of the networks, and they show an empty field.  I say, wait a minute, I made a speech.  I looked out, the field was — it looked like a million, million and a half people.  They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there.  And they said, Donald Trump did not draw well.  I said, it was almost raining, the rain should have scared them away, but God looked down and he said, we’re not going to let it rain on your speech…
So a reporter for Time magazine — and I have been on there cover, like, 14 or 15 times.  I think we have the all-time record in the history of Time Magazine.  Like, if Tom Brady is on the cover, it’s one time, because he won the Super Bowl or something, right?  (Laughter.)  I’ve been on it for 15 times this year.  I don’t think that’s a record, Mike, that can ever be broken.  Do you agree with that?  What do you think?
What was he thinking?

Trump Landslide Win or Huge Exaggeration?

Electoral College

The Electoral College, as much as you may dislike it, is our method of electing presidents. Candidates base their campaign strategies on the system and all the debate about the popular vote matters none to the election of the president. The outcome of the Electoral College was clearly in Trump’s favor with 306 to Clinton’s 232.

 

 

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Trump Electoral College Votes

Was this a landslide victory? Should the popular vote be considered in answering this question? Let’s hold off on the latter and focus on how rare is a 56.88% Electoral Vote win?

Not rare at all, as it turns out. As you can see from the graph on the right, there have been 45 wins with higher percentage of Electoral College votes, including 2 victories by Presidents Regan, Clinton, and Obama. Republican George H. W. Bush beat this margin by over 2,200 basis points. Yes, over 22 percentage points higher. That’s almost 40% better than Trump and pales in comparison to Reagan’s true mandates with wins of 97.58% and 90.89% of the Electoral College vote.

Meanwhile, Trump’s win ranks in the bottom quartile at 46th best out of the 58 presidential elections. His Electoral College victory was better than the victories by Kennedy, Nixon, Carter and George W. Bush.

Mandate? Landslide?

 

 

 

 

 

Popular Vote

Since the Electoral College victory was well below the winning margin by the most recent election winner, President Obama, and even further behind the wins of Republicans, President Reagan and President George H. W. Bush, let’s turn our attention to the popular vote tally.

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Trump Popular Vote Percentage

It seems the numbers here are rare indeed, but not in a mandate or landslide sense. With 62.98 million popular votes and being clearly beaten by Secretary Clinton who received 65.84 popular votes or over 2% more, Trump’s results in the head-to-head contest is the third worst showing in presidential election history. Yes, only two outcomes for a president were worse than Trump’s showing. At least he wasn’t last, right? He joins just 4 other presidents whose opponents won more votes than they did.

When you also consider that less than 105,000 votes across the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin were the difference in the Electoral College outcome (0.077%), there leaves little doubt in the honest answer to these questions.

Mandate? Landslide? Exaggeration?

Exaggeration! No other explanation.