Month: September 2017

Matt Gaetz – Gaetz misleads in claim about immigrants, crime

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., told his constituents he supports a crackdown on sanctuary cities because immigrants in the country illegally threaten public safety. “State and local governments that do not comply with our immigration laws are putting American citizens at risk. The facts are clear: the U.S. Sentencing Commission found that in 2014, 75 percent of all criminal defendants who were convicted and sentenced for federal drug offenses were illegal aliens,” Gaetz said in an Aug. 18 email newsletter. “As of 2014, illegal aliens made up roughly 3.5 percent of our population, and committed over 10 percent of all...

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Adam Putnam – Putnam wrongly says it's unlawful for students to talk about tests with parents

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is railing against big government in his campaign for governor, repeating one story from his young son to demonstrate ridiculous overreach. The story goes like this: Putnam’s son had to write an essay as part of a statewide exam about whether or not to keep the penny after reading an article about it. Putnam doesn’t think anything of it and brings up the story to a principal of another school in a different town. The principal gives him a horrified look, because Putnam’s son is not supposed to share the details of the state test....

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Bloggers – No, Jared Kushner is not missing after Hurricane Irma demolished Mar-a-Lago

“Mar-A-Lago (was) destroyed by (Hurricane) Irma (and) Jared Kushner (is) still missing.”  — Bloggers on Sunday, September 10th, 2017 in a blog post By John Kruzel on Monday, September 11th, 2017 at 11:35 a.m. A fake news article claims that Jared Kushner is missing after Hurricane Irma destroyed President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., where Kushner was holed up during the storm. “Mar-A-Lago Destroyed By Irma–Jared Kushner Still Missing,” blares the headline from a website called “Freedumjunkshun.” In fact, Kushner, a White House senior adviser, was seen on the South Lawn of the White House at...

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TheLastLineOfDefense.org – Claim Florida Gov. Rick Scott injured in Irma recovery is fake

“Florida Governor Rick Scott now listed as ‘critical’ after bizarre hurricane cleanup accident.” — TheLastLineOfDefense.org on Monday, September 11th, 2017 in a blog post By Aaron Sharockman on Monday, September 11th, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. An Internet rumor claiming that Florida’s governor was injured while helping a neighbor clear debris following the impact from Hurricane Irma is fake news. “Florida Governor Rick Scott Now Listed As ‘Critical’ After Bizarre Hurricane Cleanup Accident,” reads a headline from thelastlineofdefense.org. There is nothing true about the post. In the hours after the post, Scott addressed the media in Opa-locka, Fla. He was...

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Tom Bossert – Has the military taken unprecedented action in response to Hurricane Irma?

President Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said that the military has taken unprecedented steps in response to Hurricane Irma. By the time of this briefing Sept. 11, Hurricane Irma had weakened to a tropical storm as it made its way up the Florida peninsula. “The mobilization of our military in response to the storms in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands is the largest ever mobilization of our military in a naval and marine operation, and we now have an Air Force carrier deployed in this effort; this was the first-ever as well,” Bossert said. Was...

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