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Mon Oct 19, 2020, 08:28 AM

Every Trump Lie Is a Confession-- William Rivers Pitt

https://truthout.org/articles/every-trump-lie-is-a-confession/


A thousand of Trump’s most avid devotees came from miles around to stuff themselves into an enclosed indoor space, where they stood packed like cattle in a high-density field, maskless almost to a person, screaming and sweating all over each other in an orgiastic celebration of the death of reason.

I picture a COVID-19 virion, its crowns bristling red, feet up and reclined on its Barcalounger after a hard day at work killing people, looking serenely over that mob of reckless idolators before leaning to a virion friend and saying, “Hold my beer.” We will be hearing about the medical consequences from Sunday evening’s event before the calendar page turns, if the pattern holds, which it has with nearly unfailing consistency since this dismal year began.

Trump’s speech was an abomination of lies, distortions, exhortations and puling complaints. In other words, it was every speech he has given at every rally since he came down the golden escalator five years ago. It was a triumph of the mundane, proof itself of the banality of evil, so boring after endless repetition that none of the networks, not even C-SPAN, bothered to broadcast it. I had to work to find the thing.

As I let the bilge tide of Trump’s gibberish wash over me, however, I found myself encased in a rare moment of clarity. It is difficult to think straight when the president is ruining your country in real time at the top of his voice and right in your face. That, of course, is the entire point of the exercise. “For those who have been beaten down by the Trumpian disaster porn,” writes Tim Miller for The Bulwark, “rallies such as this don’t really make a mark any longer.”

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Reply Every Trump Lie Is a Confession-- William Rivers Pitt (Original post)
LymphocyteLover Oct 19 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Oct 19 #1
sinkingfeeling Oct 19 #2
marble falls Oct 19 #6
LymphocyteLover Oct 19 #8
The Velveteen Ocelot Oct 19 #11
LymphocyteLover Oct 19 #12
FarPoint Oct 19 #32
bluesbassman Oct 19 #15
The Velveteen Ocelot Oct 19 #17
bluesbassman Oct 19 #19
The Velveteen Ocelot Oct 19 #20
mopinko Oct 19 #22
The Velveteen Ocelot Oct 19 #25
bluesbassman Oct 19 #26
mopinko Oct 19 #21
The Velveteen Ocelot Oct 19 #24
mopinko Oct 19 #27
The Velveteen Ocelot Oct 19 #29
FarPoint Oct 19 #31
donheld Oct 19 #16
mopinko Oct 19 #23
mahina Oct 20 #35
FM123 Oct 19 #3
thucythucy Oct 19 #4
LymphocyteLover Oct 19 #9
lagomorph777 Oct 19 #5
LymphocyteLover Oct 19 #10
LineReply .
Squinch Oct 19 #7
LineLineNew Reply +
JI7 Oct 20 #37
CanonRay Oct 19 #13
LymphocyteLover Oct 19 #14
The Velveteen Ocelot Oct 19 #18
mopinko Oct 19 #28
Grasswire2 Oct 19 #30
FarPoint Oct 19 #33
Grasswire2 Oct 19 #34
mopinko Oct 20 #38
mahina Oct 20 #36
H2O Man Oct 20 #39

Response to LymphocyteLover (Original post)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 08:41 AM

1. Ya think?

That’s been obvious all along, did Pitt just finally notice? Trump does more projecting than Bell & Howell.

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Response to LymphocyteLover (Original post)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 08:42 AM

2. We lost a great writer when Will left DU.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 09:11 AM

6. Absolutely did. All around nice person, too.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 10:11 AM

8. why did he leave?

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #11)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 01:14 PM

12. Aw, shoot. Thanks

I only read him occasionally. I have a friend on FB who posts his stuff.

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Response to LymphocyteLover (Reply #12)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 11:24 PM

32. I highly regard his stuff....

He is what made DU great....back in the day...

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #11)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 07:37 PM

15. Not true.

Yes Will called Obama a POS used car salesman, but as you may recall his wife was struggling with some serious health issues and the ACA failed her. As for the “Jill Stein” smear, that is pure fabrication. Link to where he said he was voting for Stein, or advocated anyone else to. If you can’t, retract your statement.

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Response to bluesbassman (Reply #15)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 08:01 PM

17. Some of Pitt's posts were removed. I do recall other DU posts

in which it was reported that he had spoken in favor of Stein, but that would be hearsay, and maybe I shouldn't have relied on them. However, he definitely stated he would not vote for Clinton, both on Truthout and on DU, which is why he was banned. https://truthout.org/articles/just-a-show-the-calm-sham-of-the-dnc/

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #17)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 08:03 PM

19. But that's not what you said, is it?

Make your case or retract. Otherwise you’re just perpetuating a smear.

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Response to bluesbassman (Reply #19)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 08:04 PM

20. OK, fair enough. I relied on hearsay and I shouldn't have.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #20)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 08:15 PM

22. you passed on a flat out lie.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #22)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 08:18 PM

25. I didn't know it was a lie and I deleted my post.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #20)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 08:24 PM

26. Well done VO.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #17)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 08:14 PM

21. i think you should apologize pretty hard here.

will is an olllldddd personal friend. and defaming someone you know cannot defend themselves is pretty damn low.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #21)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 08:18 PM

24. OK, I apologize, and I deleted my post.

Again, I should not have relied on second-hand information but checked the archives to see if I could find an original post. I generally try to be accurate and I messed up; I certainly did not intend to post something I didn't believe was true, based on other posts I'd read. Mea culpa.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #24)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 08:32 PM

27. you are a big person for that.

i appreciate it.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #27)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 08:33 PM

29. I don't want to pass on anything that isn't true, and I should have been more careful.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #17)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 11:22 PM

31. I for one as a DU'er miss William Rivers Pitt....

I do not embrace such rhetoric....

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #11)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 07:55 PM

16. Never

Mr. Pitt never ever voiced support for Jill Stein at any time. I've followed him for a long time. He was not a fan of Hillary and he did oppose some policies of Barack Obama, but he never supported Ms. Stein.

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Response to LymphocyteLover (Reply #8)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 08:17 PM

23. when he was young and inexperienced he did the kind of thing

that you do when you are young and inexperienced.
he apologized, but it wasnt enough.

he is a good man, has grown much wiser w age and is now a great husband and dad.

and he always was one of the sharpest writers of our time.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 20, 2020, 02:13 AM

35. A great writer and a good person.

I still don’t know why he got the deep freeze.

Truthout.org could use support if you can help, DU.

I miss the Will Pitt era DU. Remember the Bush v Gore debate when Bush channeled the Church Lady. Change , ptthhh.

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Response to LymphocyteLover (Original post)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 08:46 AM

3. Yes.

And when he lies about others, he more than just projects - he gives us details details details.

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Response to LymphocyteLover (Original post)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 08:51 AM

4. The projection covers every aspect of the Trump GOP.

Hillary as Russia's puppet--says the man who is the most useful of Putin's useful idiots--check.

The Biden family trying to cash in on their political stature--says the leader of the most corrupt family racket in presidential history--check.

Biden being "too touchy" with women--in other words a sexual predator--says Mr. Grab-Them-By-the-Pussy who has been credibly accused by at least twenty women of rape and sexual assault--check.

The whole Q-anon nonsense about the Democratic pedophile ring--says the man who wishes an accused and indicted co-conspirator in an actual sexual slave trade--double and triple check.

Accusing Vice President Biden of some kind of "cognitive decline"--says the man whose staff was so concerned about his own mental health they asked for a cognitive assessment of the President of the United States--who is himself so intellectually compromised he didn't even understand the meaning of asking for such a test--check.

It goes on and on and on.

Unless there are consequences--meaningful ones--for all this criminal behavior I don't see how this nation will recover any time in what's left of my lifetime.

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Response to thucythucy (Reply #4)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 10:13 AM

9. I know-- the projection is MIND-BOGGLING

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Response to LymphocyteLover (Original post)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 09:05 AM

5. "packed like cattle in" ... the intake corral at the abattoir.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #5)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 10:14 AM

10. true!

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Response to LymphocyteLover (Original post)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 09:14 AM

7. .

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Response to Squinch (Reply #7)

Tue Oct 20, 2020, 02:35 AM

37. +

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Response to LymphocyteLover (Original post)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 07:22 PM

13. William Rivers Pitt asked me to post this on his behalf:

Greetings, Will here. As my DU account has been suspended "pending review" for going on five years now ( 🙂 ), Ray here was kind enough to offer a chance to reply to your post.
1. "He'd called President Obama a 'piece of shit used car salesman' because he didn't like the ACA.
... is accurate. However:
"expressing support for Jill Stein"
... is epic nonsense. I was no fan of Clinton, to be sure. I wrote in Bernie Sanders in November '16, and as Clinton won my town, county and state (NH), that vote had no impact on the future. Expressed support for Jill Stein, however, is a lie.
Cheers.

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Response to CanonRay (Reply #13)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 07:30 PM

14. Wow, thanks for the info!

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Response to CanonRay (Reply #13)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 08:03 PM

18. If that's the case, I apologize for relying on second-hand reports

that he'd supported Stein. However, opposing Clinton in 2016 was a fair ban.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #18)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 08:32 PM

28. that wasnt why he was banned.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #28)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 10:57 PM

30. de facto banned, but not officially

the matter of suspending accounts of longtime members for years and years without resolution could be fixed.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Reply #30)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 11:26 PM

33. That would please me!

Not sure Will wants to come back now but it would be glorious if he did do that....

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Response to FarPoint (Reply #33)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 11:46 PM

34. Will's not the only one who was sent to La La Land purgatory. nt

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Response to Grasswire2 (Reply #30)

Tue Oct 20, 2020, 06:55 AM

38. yeah. it took me a long time to get unflagged.

but pitt's trouble had nothing to do w politics.

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Response to CanonRay (Reply #13)

Tue Oct 20, 2020, 02:17 AM

36. Thanks.

Aloha Will.

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Response to LymphocyteLover (Original post)

Tue Oct 20, 2020, 09:56 AM

39. Recommended.

It's a damned shame that Will's "temporary suspension" hasn't been lifted. It doesn't hurt him, of course, but it lessens the value of discussions on this forum. And, as the responses to this OP document, it allows for rumors and lies to become entrenched as accepted fact. But his contributions are not here, because we haven't learned the down-side to nursing old wounds, real or imagined.

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