Trump: “I was honored as the Man of the Year in Michigan… 5 or 6 years before I even thought about running for President.”
Here's my old fact check about “Man of the Year in Michigan.” Former GOP Rep. Dave Trott called me up to solve the mystery of what Trump is probably talking about: a 2013 dinner where he wasn't named Man of the Year in Michigan. https://t.co/rnJqbwHMzn https://t.co/7lCk51AruA
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 20, 2020
President Donald Trump has claimed no fewer than seven times over the past three years — including at a recent rally in New Hampshire — that he won Michigan’s “man of the year” award. But there’s no evidence that he did.
We scoured news archives and searched the internet, and came up empty. Other media outlets have looked into it too, with a similar lack of results. And Trump’s campaign isn’t commenting.
This is what we did find: It appears that Trump is referring to a 2013 dinner hosted by a county Republican Party organization, which presented him with token gifts – including a statuette of Abraham Lincoln. But a former Republican congressman who organized the dinner said Trump did not receive an award, and the group has never given out “man of the year” awards.
Trump has deleted his false tweet about Michigan supposedly sending every registered voter an absentee ballot, replacing it with a tweet that accurately says Michigan has sent them a ballot application.
The new tweet continues to falsely claim what the state did is illegal. pic.twitter.com/oDueef107h
Ã¢ÂÂ Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 20, 2020
And how many elected Republicans will defend the citizens of Michigan and Nevada from the PresidentÃ¢ÂÂs threat today?
Rhetorical question, of course.
The president's unlawful threat to abuse his position is a campaign activity? I mean, we knew that, but you don't always expect an admission like this.https://t.co/DlxJMmL1mJ— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) May 20, 2020
WH Press Sec. McEnany declined to answer questions on what Trump believed was illegal about Michigan's absentee ballot policies.
— POLITICO (@politico) May 20, 2020
When you're right, you're right. Unfortunately. https://t.co/Zqqeiy4M9a
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) May 20, 2020
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s name was never “masked” by the FBI in the document that cited it. It flies in the face of President Donald Trump’s claim that someone illegally leaked it form former President Barack Obama’s administration.
According to the story from the Washington Post, the Republican attempt to tie former Vice President Joe Biden to a scandal that doesn’t exist has failed spectacularly.
According to the report: “in the FBI report about the communications between the two men, Flynn’s name was never redacted, former U.S. officials said.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced that he wants to subpoena witnesses over the unmasking of Flynn. He sent a letter demanding Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell ask why a declassified list of Obama officials made the requests “that revealed Flynn’s name in intelligence documents ‘did not contain a record showing who unmasked’ Flynn’s identity in relation to “his phone call with” the Russian diplomat, Sergey Kislyak,” said the Post.
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) May 20, 2020