Clint Lorance had been in charge of his platoon for only three days when he ordered his men to kill three Afghans stopped on a dirt road.A second-degree murder conviction and pardon followed.Today, Lorance is hailed as a hero by President Trump.His troops have suffered a very different fate.
This is Trump’s M.O. Stories that are bad for him are never cast in shades of gray; they are always a hoax. The Russia investigation was a hoax, even though special counsel Robert S. Mueller III found significant evidence of obstruction of justice. Impeachment was a hoax, even though the underlying Ukraine allegations were overwhelmingly confirmed. Trump even rather awkwardly tried to cast the coronavirus as his opponents’ “new hoax.” Trump doesn’t quibble with the details. It’s just deny, deny, deny — even when it leads to misperceptions like it did with coronavirus.
-Washington Post; 7/1/2020
-The New York Times; 7/1/2020
On another key date, then-acting intelligence director Richard Grenell was fighting online with CNN and The Washington Post — over whether Trump reads his President’s Daily Brief
-Media Matters; 6/30/202
An Ohio National Guard soldier, who was suspended and recalled from his mission in Washington, D.C., earlier this month for holding white supremacist views, appeared on a neo-fascist podcast uploaded Sunday, where he said that he was being discharged from the military and discussed how federal agents tracked him down and confronted him.
-Right Wing Watch; 6/30/2020
Fox News is spinning a potentially massive scandal about intelligence failures by the Trump administration into merely another feud between President Donald Trump, the media, and Democratic critics.
-Media Matters; 6/29/2020
-The New York Times; 6/28/2020