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The Only Honest Thing About Donald Trump’s Lies About 9/11 Are These Honest-To-God Hilarious Memes

Donald Trump has made over 10,796 false and misleading claims since he took on the Oval Office, according to the Washington Post. Most recently, he claimed he was on the ground with first responders after 9/11 happened. 

But people were quick to call him out on yet another elaborate lie. 

Recently, President Donald Trump came up with another sickening falsehood. 

On Monday, Trump stood before a group of 9/11 responders to sign the hard-fought-for-bill into law, that would extend funding for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) for another seven decades and he also lied to their face while he was at it. 

“Many of those affected were fighters, police officers and other first responders,” Trump said. “And I was down there also, but I’m not considering myself a first responder. But I was down there. I spent a lot of time down there with you.” 

But there’s simply no evidence to prove that this is true. 

So what was meant to be a time to honor 9/11 first responders and survivors of the terrorist attack, turned out to be just another chance for Trump to make it about himself. 

The bill, titled “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luiz Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act,” will provide money for the VCF which helps with financial support for 9/11 responders, survivors, and their families. 

According to People magazine, Trump has a thing for bringing up the 9/11 attacks. He even once said that one of his buildings became New York City’s tallest after the World Trade Center towers collapsed. But that’s not true. By now, it’s clear that Trump will never stop making baseless claims. 

Even those who attended the event meant to honor 9/11 first responders called Trump out on his blatant lie saying they “never witnessed” him at ground zero. 

A retired New York Fire Department deputy chief told the New York Times he didn’t recall seeing him there and that Trump “was a private citizen at the time [of the attacks]. I don’t know what kind of role he could have possibly played.”  One White House reporter even tweeted, “Being down there surveying the damage is also not the same as standing on that pile of debris, as first responders who got sick did, day after day.” 

Quickly, Trump’s latest delusion comments sparkled the viral meme #LostTrumpHistory.

The trend reportedly launched thanks to @JoJoFromJerz‘s initial tweet where she shared the fabricated accomplishment that Trump was the first aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. 

After that, users began sharing their #LostTrumpHistory tweets. And trust us, they’re all true.

(Dear god, we hope you detected our sarcasm.)

Trump was part of the original Mount Rushmore. To whoever believes otherwise, open your eyes. Real eyes. Realize. Real lies.  

Trump was also at Jesus’ birth.

And he was eating a hamburger. Is it In-N-Out though? 

Trump was also the first American hero to scale Mount Everest.

Like, what are we doing with our life huh? We should be out there climbing Mount Fuji. 

Trump also hosted the Last Supper and it was all-inclusive.

Just kidding, he made Jesus pay for it. 

Someone made the joke Trump actually built the Great Wall of China and made Mexico pay for it.

Where do people come up with this?

Just like Trump was there as a “first responder” during 9/11, he also landed on the moon. It’s true, I mean, look at the photo! It doesn’t look photoshopped at all. 

Who would’ve known that Trump could travel through space and time, eh?

We stan a multitasking president. Sike. 

There are way too many good #LostTrumpHistory memes to share, but you get the point.

Like we mentioned previously, this isn’t the first time Trump has made these baseless claims about what he’s done and where’s he’s been in the past. During his presidential campaign trail in 2016, he said during a rally that on September 11, he “helped a little bit” with clearing the rubble. But there’s just no evidence to prove this. 

He also reportedly said during a 2015 rally that he watched the September 11th attacks from a window in Trump Tower. Again, the statement was a lie. 

Come on, Mr. President, can you just go on one day without lying? 

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Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

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Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

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Love him or hate him, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has long called himself the voice of the people – and many Mexicans agree with him. That’s why his latest announcement against social media companies has many so worried.

In the wake of Twitter and Facebook’s (along with many other social media platforms) announcement that they would be restricting or banning Donald Trump from their platforms, the Mexican president expressed his contempt for the decisions. And his intention to create a Mexican social network that won’t be held to the standards from Silicon Valley.

Mexico’s AMLO moves to create a social media network for Mexicans outside of Silicon Valley’s control.

A week after his United States counterpart was kicked off Facebook and Twitter, President López Obrador floated the idea of creating a national social media network to avoid the possibility of Mexicans being censored.

Speaking at his daily news conference, AMLO instructed the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) and other government departments to look at the possibility of creating a state-owned social media site that would guarantee freedom of speech in Mexico.

“We care about freedom a lot, it’s an issue that’s going to be addressed by us,” he told reporters. He also added that Facebook and Twitter have become “global institutions of censorship,” sounding a lot like the alt-right terrorists that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

“To guarantee freedom, for freedom, so there’s no censorship in Mexico. We want a country without censorship. Mexico must be a country of freedom. This is a commitment we have,” he told reporters.

AMLO deeply criticized the moves by Twitter and Facebook to ban Trump from their platforms.

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AMLO – like Trump – is an avid user of social media to connect with his constituents. He’s also been known to spread falsehoods and boast about his achievements on the platforms – sound familiar?

So, it came as little surprise when he tore into social media companies for ‘censoring’ Donald Trump, saying that they have turned into “global institutions of censorship” and are carrying out a “holy inquisition.”

Nobody has the right to silence citizens even if their views are unpopular, López Obrador said. Even if the words used by Trump provoked a violent attack against his own government.

“Since they took these decisions [to suspend Trump], the Statue of Liberty has been turning green with anger because it doesn’t want to become an empty symbol,” he quipped.

So what could a Mexican social media network be called?

The president’s proposal to create a national social media network triggered chatter about what such a site would or should be called. One Twitter user suggested Facemex or Twitmex, apparently taking his inspiration from the state oil company Pemex.

The newspaper Milenio came up with three alternative names and logos for uniquely Mexican sites, suggesting that a Mexican version of Facebook could be called Facebookóatl (inspired by the Aztec feathered-serpent god Quetzalcóatl), Twitter could become Twitterlopochtli (a riff on the name of Aztec war, sun and human deity Huitzilopochtli) and Instagram could become Instagratlán (tlán, which in the Náhuatl language means place near an abundance of something – deer, for example, in the case of Mazatlán – is a common suffix in Mexican place names.)

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What Is the 25th Amendment and What Does it Do?: A Primer

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What Is the 25th Amendment and What Does it Do?: A Primer

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So in case you missed it, some crazy stuff went down at the Capitol yesterday. A mob of far-right Trump supporters broke into the Capitol building in “protest” of Congress ratifying President Elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College votes.

The heinous episode shocked and rattled many Americans. After months of inflammatory rhetoric, President Trump effectively activated his base into violent and treasonous actions. And people are upset. 

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have since called for Trump’s resignation. But knowing President Trump, it isn’t likely that he’s going to do that.

Because of that, lawmakers have reportedly been having talks to discuss invoking the 25th Amendment.

The 25th Amendment has four sections that dictate what will happen in the event of an acting president being unable to carry out the duties of office. These events have usually amounted to…colonoscopies (no, really). But this time around, lawmakers are looking to the fourth section of the amendment to remove Trump from office. And this is where the wording gets super lawyer-y.

Section Four the 25th Amendment states:

“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”

Translation: The Vice President, Trump’s cabinet, the Senate leader, and the Speaker of the House would all have to agree to ousting Trump.

It’s a little complicated, so let’s break it down. Vice President Pence and the majority (11 out of 23) of Trump’s cabinet would have to agree that he is unfit for office. Then, they must submit a written request to the “President pro Tempore” of the Senate (who is Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley) as well as the Speaker of the House (California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi).

But wait, that’s not all. As soon as this motion is enacted, President Trump would be able to contest that decision (which he most definitely would). In that case, VP Mike Pence, Senator Grassley, and Congresswoman Pelosi would have to re-draft another statement insisting that he is, indeed, unfit for office.

Then, two-thirds of both the Senate and the House of Representatives would have to agree with their decision.

Only then would Trump be permanently removed from the presidency.

So, yeah…a lot of steps. But there’s a good reason for that. If removing a president from office were easy, it would be done a lot more often and our democracy would be a lot shakier.

Remember relentlessly hearing about the “checks and balances” of our government in elementary school? This is what our teachers were talking about. A lot of different people in different parts of the government have to sign-off on hard decisions so we can all make sure every action is justified and reasonable.

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